Yearly Archives: 2011

Lovey dovey moovy groovy with a touch of danger

Our slightly lame one eyed adopted stray cat Jack has turned into a deadly weapon. She has reliably been leaving one rodent a day by our back porch to show she is earning her keep. She doesn’t bring them all … Continue reading

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Lakenvelder chicken breed review

Back in April 2011 I ordered some new chicks. We wanted good foragers and smaller hens so they would eat less. I picked out 15 Lakenvelders as the core of my new flock and everything sounded great on paper. We’ve … Continue reading

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Salvaged old growth firewood

Only in Oregon do you find straight grain old growth wood sold as firewood. We had some wood delivered last week and Lee was surprised at the quality. The guy who sold it salvages beams from old mills and schools … Continue reading

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Ice day

December has brought us lots of cold but very little rain or snow. On several nights the weather has turned to freezing fog, and morning’s light broke upon an otherworldly landscape of icy shards.

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Preparing for cold weather

At the first sign of cold weather, I dig out my wool hat and wear it everywhere. When the olive oil freezes on the kitchen counter, it’s time to stoke up the woodstove. As a placebo, we brought home a … Continue reading

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European red slug

We came upon this large red slug one evening and because of the hole in its head we at first thought it was a Leopard Slug. After a bit of research, we discovered that it was actually a European Red … Continue reading

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Craftsman garden shed

The garden shed is finally finished! Almost. We finished building the last shelving unit in it this past week. It’s too cold and rainy to paint, so the corbels will have to wait until next year to be painted dark … Continue reading

Posted in Farm Structures, Renovation | 20 Comments


Daucus carota The fields are brown with Queen Anne’s lace and dried grass. I guess winter is on its way.

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Jasper’s butt

Jasper had an abscess that exploded on my hand when I picked him up. It was REALLY gross. I brought him in to the vet, returned with more drugs then should be legal, and now we have a cat with … Continue reading

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Using the whole pumpkin

“Hey Lee, I feel like something sweet. I think I’ll make a pumpkin pie.” Don’t you just hate those after-dinner dessert cravings? I had some pumpkins sitting around clogging up valuable real estate space on my table, so it was … Continue reading

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