Thursday, May 5, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #50





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It has been busy with lambing season. We are still waiting on a few ewes. 
Life should slow down a little after that...



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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #49





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Monday, April 25, 2016

Pasture Happenings-We Have Lambs




One of our favorite times of the year...
warmer weather, green grass, and lambs.  




Most of the ewes have lambed, just a few more to go.









Life is Good


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #48



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Tracy
Sandra
Sandra at ClearwaterFarm
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Nancy 
Kathi 

Our Simple Homestead 

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LeeAnn & Alex 



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straw bale gardening




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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Handmade Gifts: Knit Soap Pouches







I find knitting to be a great stress reducer. I usually have a project (or two) on the needles.

With life being so busy due to lambing time, I wanted a simple and quick knit.  Dishcloths are my go to project but I already have more than enough of those.



I decided on some soap pouches, that could add to the soap, I have set aside for a birthday gift.

Cotton yarn from my stash, size 8 needles, and a simple pattern. Ready, Set, Knit...

Cast on 15 stitches
4 rows-Stockinette Stitch- k(RS) p(WS)
1 row-K2 together, YO
starting with pearl row, continue with stockinette for the pattern.
I did not keep track of rows, I just continued until it looked long (folded) to hold the size of soap I was using. (ending with pearl stitch (WS))
You finish with 1 row K2 together, YO.
4 rows Stockinette Stitch
Bind Off.



Match up the K2 together rows (holes) I used the mattress stitch to close the side seams.

Crotchet a chain for the tie, weave through the holes.



It was a fun simple knit and a great way to use up some cotton stash.


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Musings, The Electric Fence

Don't do it...Don't Touch the Fence

Electric Fences

One of the first investments after moving to the farm was an electric fence. We had small children, so I was a little concerned about the "safety" of having one. (city girl). I was assured we had nothing to worry about. It gives you quite a poke, but no one is going to be seriously injured or die from touching it.

That fence has been one of the best investments we have made. Over the years it has kept the sheep where they belong (99 percent of the time). It has also kept them safe from predators.

It has also bought with it some curse words, crying, and laughs.


Kids and the electric fence...


Having six girls that have grown up on the farm, most of them have had run ins with the fence. Some intentional, some not. One that I vividly remember is daughter #2 playing in the field, it was Springtime and muddy. She was walking along the fence, when she stepped into some knee deep mud (knee deep for her) Her foot came out of her boot and she lost her balance, so she grabbed onto the fence. (ouch) But there was no way she was going to fall in the mud (and poop) or put her foot down into the mud (and poop). So she kept her grip on the fence. Mike ran out there as fast as he could, to get her, while all of the time, I was yelling to her to let go of the fence. Wasn't going to happen, so there she stood until her dad  rescued her. It was in no way funny then, she was crying, we were consoling. It didn't become something to laugh about, until years later.

They have since told us stories (of course you don't find out about it until later) about cousins coming for visits, and them holding hands and touching the fence. The poor person on the end, thinking he was going to get just a" little" bit of the shock.  I am sure none of us would have done such a thing.

Dogs and the electric fence...


All of our dogs have run ins with the fence, it is only a matter of time. It usually happens once and they are cured. Our Border Collies have all responded the same way, they run to the house, and it takes hours before they will go outside again. They are convinced there is some evil lurking outside, just waiting to get them. Sometimes when they are needed in the field, I have to assure them the fence is off, and it is okay for them to jump through. They usually pace and whine before making the leap.


Nosy neighbors and the electric fence...


I don't know how many times we were told that electric fence was not going to work on keeping our sheep in. That they do not have enough poke, with all of that wool. Electric fences have come along way, and so have chargers.

We had one nosy neighbor come down for a visit, during a conversation, he told my husband that electric fences were no good. They would barely keep back a tame cow. In other words, we wasted our money having one put up. Mike didn't say anything. The neighbor continued to say that when he was younger, they would get blades of grass, and touch the fence to check it. They would get a little tingle, if it was working. Mike still didn't say anything. The neighbor decided to demonstrate and picked a long blade of grass.  Mike still didn't say anything (but was thinking, what is this guy doing?)  The neighbor ended the demonstration by yelling a few choice curse words. Mike, who had a run in or two with the fence himself, simply stated  "the fence is pretty hot".

The Shepherdess and the Electric Fence


Even the cautious shepherdess gets it sooner or later.
I guess, I will end my post with my own embarrassing story. We had a beagle who kept getting into the pasture, he just wasn't getting hit by the fence. I didn't need a beagle out there getting himself into trouble chasing sheep.  So, I decided to "train" him to the fence. I picked him up and took him over to the fence, I thought " this is going to hurt me more than it is you", and boy did it.  Being the city girl, (and one who did  not pay attention in Science class) I didn't realize Dash wouldn't  feel a thing, just the one holding him. After, I got the surprise of a lifetime, I looked around wondering if anyone had seen that? Thankfully, no one had. I am sure if Dash had realized what had happened, he would have felt I got my just rewards. I did tell Mike about it later (country boy, and did pay attention in Science class) . I still think he was biting his lip, trying not to laugh. Eventually, Dash did get trained to the fence, all on his own.

So, the electric fence has been more than just a barrier keeping the sheep in, it has been responsible for some curse words, crying, and some eventual laughs.






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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Hop #47



Welcome to the Hop! 


Welcome to the Hop!


Tracy
Sandra
Sandra at ClearwaterFarm
Facebook - Pinterest Instagram -Google+
Nancy 
Kathi 

Our Simple Homestead 

Blog Hop- Co-Host
LeeAnn & Alex 



 Most Visited Post and My Featured Post


                                            




Congratulations!
We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.


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Family friendly posts only!-No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.-Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.-Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here!-If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog... in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!-Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.-Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.-By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
 Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be removed.







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