Thursday, January 26, 2017

Nine Bacon Bits And More Goings On

Sadly, we lost our runt piglet.  She seemed to be doing well and when I came out in the morning she was on her last gasps.  She may have been albino and I wonder that along with that she had other congenital differences.  

Now we have nine healthy piglets.  

Other than that they are all look great!  The red light is the heating lamp and I hate to turn it off.  I don't want them to get chilled!

Here you can get a look at all the lovely colors (we turned off the light for a second so that I could get a properly colored picture).  This was before the passing of our little white runt and you can see her on the left.  

The Bourbon Red turkeys jakes have been doing a lot of "strutting their stuff" lately.  Have you ever heard the sound turkey jake wings make when they vibrate them?  The jake droops the wings down like you see here, then they vibrate them at a very high speed.  It makes a very deep thrumming sound.  It must be part of their mating dance because they walk around all puffed out in a very stately manner and thrum.  

We have one lone hen and three jakes.  Two jakes have been showing off their stuff, but the one you see farthest to the right (below) hasn't shown interest.  I keep telling the poor girl that all of our hopes depend on her for our future flock!     

The horses got a good currying and brushing.  The weather has been unseasonably warm and the melting snow has turned everything into mud.  While I brush Sassy, the mustang, Bandit, the paint (the fuzzy teddy bear), tries to poke his head in to get his share of brushing.  Theeeeennnn they go outside and roll in the mud again.  Maddening!

In the evenings I've been painting.  I've been painting the galvanized lids to antique maple buckets.  These lids would snap on to the tops of the buckets and keep out debris and rain.  They're not used much anymore because buckets aren't used.  Most producers have gone to tubing that runs into tanks. 

I sell these from our sugar house, and they will be available during the Potter-Tioga Maple Weekend, March 18th and 19th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  We're not on the map this year because we joined after the brochure was printed.  We plan to be part of the tour and will be easy to find because we're between two maple producers who are on the brochure - Sons of Dunn Farm and Brydonson Farm.  We'll have signs out and be easy to find.   

Download Brochure (link to Maple Weekend site)

Finally, we have to give a big shout out to Cream 'n' Sugar in Coudersport for adding us on their Solomon's Words For The Wise ad.  You can't pass up this place for great coffee, soups, pastries, gifts, and ice cream!

Link to Solomon's

                        It's a regular stop on Fridays for Netra Baker's homemade baguettes.  

Ok, I'm bummed because my pictures above didn't post.  Click on the links and you'll see what I wanted you to see!

This is one of those situations where I could spend 45 minutes trying to figure out what went wrong or I can just move on and get to work on other things that need done.  


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