Thursday, October 31, 2013

The HomeAcre Harvest Hop


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Can you be a bah humbug for Halloween?

I haven't even bought the girls pumpkins yet! 

I am enjoying the fall season, and normally at this time of year, we have the pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, straw bales, and the scarecrow thing going on.  But, for some reason, this year it just isn't happening!

I guess we will just have to enjoy other peoples festive decorations this year!


Welcome to our Home Acre Harvest Hop, a special edition of our regular blog hop, where you can share your Harvest Themed Post~!

Make sure you check out our special Pinterest Board for the Holiday Seasons!
http://www.pinterest.com/foxhomestead/the-homeacre-harvest/


HomeAcre  Host:
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Ann@ Summer Acres
Jenny@Black Fox Homestead
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal


Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)




This Weeks Featured Post:

One Bag Full from Rural Revival

http://www.ruralrevivalfarm.com/2013/10/one-bag-full.html



Congratulations!  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 blogger this week. If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!



Clearwater Farm Journal







You are invited to share your harvest and seasonal posts on these special editions of The HomeAcre Hop! :) There are just a few little rules to follow:
  •  Family friendly posts only. ‘Nuff said
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
  •  Link as many seasonal and harvest posts as you’d like! Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can 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) with the button or a text link, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  •  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 if you are featured. Posts may be pinned to Pinterest, shared on Facebook, or promoted on Google+ and Twitter. :)

Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted. 

Clearwater Farm Journal


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Washing a Wool Comforter Batt




I was cleaning out some things in the basement and as I was looking through some totes, I found a wool comforter batt.  I had forgotten all about it!   It was a batt from one our fleeces, that was processed at a woolen mill and covered with cheesecloth. The cheesecloth was in terrible shape-main reason I ended up putting it in a  tote, until I got around to repairing it, someday!

I decided today would be the day. I removed the tattered cheesecloth and made the determination that the batt  needed washed. I was happy to be able to use our new wash area in the wool shop. 

When washing a comforter made from wool you want to wash it the same way you would wash a fleece, no agitation.

I filled one of the deep sinks with hot water, added soap and carefully added the wool batt.

I let it soak for one hour. That may have been overkill but it was pretty musty and dusty. I placed the batt in our extractor, I wasn't expecting the batt to be so heavy, but I did manage to get it in. The extractor is  a little intimidating to use but I am sure I will get use to it. I love that the wool comes out with all  the water removed.

I then placed the batt in a sink full of warm water. Let it soak for about 30 minutes-placed it back into the extractor to remove the water.

Laid it out to dry-It doesn't fit in our wool drying area so I bought it in the house and laid it over the dining room table. If it was daylight, I would have hung it outside.

Now to put a new covering on the batt. I decided against cheesecloth, I don't think it held up well enough.  I am going to use muslin, or maybe a printed fabric so I won't need to use a Duvet cover.

Not sure yet,  I will have to see what our local JoAnne Fabric Store has to offer!

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It's a Bug's Life



Delaney took this picture yesterday, he reminds me of Hopper, the character from "It's a Bug's Life".

I can almost here him saying-

" It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess. One of those Circle of Life kind of things. Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work: The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food"


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Hideaway

 

hide·a·way  
n.
1. A place of concealment; a hideout.
2. A secluded or isolated place.
 
 



 

Do you have favorite hideaway spot?




Shared at A Rural Journal, Tuesday Muse

 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

That Time of Year Already!

Playing in the Leaves


October 26th- Started feeding hay.
October 28th-31st-Sort ewes
November 1st- Put ewes in with the Rams

That time of year already! 

This is the first year we have had three Rams during breeding season. And the first time in quite a few years that we have had  more than one breed of sheep.
It makes for a little more work. Still trying to figure out how we are going to pull it off.

We have to separate the ewe lambs from the rest of the flock since they are not getting bred this year.
We need to separate the Tunis from the Border Leicester and the Romney. Then decide what Ram we will use with the different ewes.  Not like last year, when we took our one Ram and put him in the pasture with all the ewes. DONE!

The biggest challenge this year is finding a place to put everyone! That may have been easier if we had gotten around to putting up the interior fences in the pasture, but we never got that far down on our To Do List.  I am happy that we DID manage to finish the corral and we have chutes and a sorting gate, which will come in handy when we are moving sheep around.

It will be a busy week, and from the looks of it, the weather isn't planning on cooperating!
Forecast: Rain and Cold.

BUT, even with all the work we have planned this week, the girls are excited and are already anticipating all of those lambs next spring. And I have to admit, I am too!


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Testing Fences



The Rams have spent the last couple of days pacing fences and pushing on gates. The fan club that has been hanging out by the barnyard gate isn't helping!

The electric fence is more of a "mental" barrier than it is physical. They could easily get through it.
Thankfully, it is doing its job, and everyone is staying where they belong.

It gets tested, at this time, every year!


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The HomeAcre Harvest Hop


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Welcome to our HomeAcre Harvest Hop, A special edition of our regular blog hop! A place to share your Harvest Themed post! I haven't even purchased pumpkins yet, so I look forward to your inspiration!!

Make sure you check out our special Pinterest Board for the Holiday Seasons!
http://www.pinterest.com/foxhomestead/the-homeacre-harvest/
 

HomeAcre  Host:
Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Ann@ Summer Acres
Jenny@Black Fox Homestead
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal


Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)


This Weeks Featured Post:

Crocheted Rag Rug by Hill House Homestead.
http://hillhousehomestead.blogspot.com/2013/10/crocheted-rag-rug.html




Congratulations!  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 blogger this week. If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


 Clearwater Farm Journal




You are invited to share your harvest and seasonal posts on these special editions of The HomeAcre Hop! :) There are just a few little rules to follow:
  •  Family friendly posts only. ‘Nuff said
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
  •  Link as many seasonal and harvest posts as you’d like! Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can 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) with the button or a text link, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  •  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 if you are featured. Posts may be pinned to Pinterest, shared on Facebook, or promoted on Google+ and Twitter. :)

Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted. 

Clearwater Farm Journal








Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pasture Happenings




Our Internet was down this past week. I think it may have been a mixed blessing! We spent more time outdoors, and I got quite a bit of knitting done. I never knew how long it would take to make one simple scarf, I am still working on it!
 
Fall is upon us- the leaves are falling, the grasses are dying out, and the Rams will be with the ewes soon.
 
We decided not to shear the ewes this fall. When we missed the September window we thought it was best to hold off until March. We wanted to shear twice this year, but I was too worried about the ewes not having enough cover coming into winter if we shear this late.



Like Mother, Like Daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 



A lot of the ewes seem to have a wild look about them these days, the leaves keep find their way on  the sheep or maybe it is the other way around!.

Delaney goes out almost every day to take pictures. The landscape changes a little each day. The sheep are use to her bringing treats, they follow her around like the pied piper. She has realized, sometimes it is best to leave the treats behind!

I am waiting for them to come and take away our natural, privacy fence. The beans are gone, the corn is next. One more sign that Fall is here.

Are you enjoying Fall?

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

This Pretty Much Sums it Up!




This photo pretty much sums up how I am feeling today. 40's and Rain! It was bound to happen sooner or later...

A big case of the blah's!

I could fire up the wood stove, for the first time this season, to warm things up or I could put on another pair of socks and double up on the sweaters...

Decisions, Decisions....



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HomeAcre Hop #41

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I would  like to welcome everyone to this week's Blog Hop! I look forward to hearing what you have all been up to this Fall season!

HomeAcre  Host:


Mary@Homegrown on the Hill
Kathi@Oak Hill Homestead
Nancy@Prudent Living on the Home Front
Ann@ Summer Acres
Jenny@Black Fox Homestead
Lisa Lynn@Self Sufficient Home Acre
and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal

Some of the HomeAcre Host are hosting a vitamin giveaway this week, so make sure to visit their blogs if you would like a chance to win!

Next week will be starting our Harvest theme Blog Hop, so make sure you collect up all of your Autumn themed post to share!



Harvest Hop


http://www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com/p/harvest-hop-join-us-for-first-ever.html


Each host will feature her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. that means your chances of being featured are even better! Visit each of the blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)


This Weeks Featured Post:

Building an Old Fashioned Pole Building by Farm Hand's Companion
http://www.farmhandscompanion.com/building_or_making_things_files/4e97d6f4d38c753403ef0ea40fd8a111-11.html

Pa Mac in blacksmith shed


Congratulations!  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 blogger this week. If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!
 
 
 Clearwater Farm Journal


 You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, livestock care, gardening, environmentally friendly farming, self sufficiency, preparedness, off grid living, healthy recipes, home remedies and herbal concoctions, green living, homeschooling, food preservation, environmentally friendly crafts and home decor, photo posts of natural living and homesteading subjects! Now that’s a lot of information to share! If it fits any of these topics, we want to hear about it :) There are just a few little rules to follow 
 
  • Family friendly posts only. ‘Nuff said :)
  • Please, no posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Link as many appropriate posts as you’d like each week. Older posts are great too.
  • Please visit as many of the other posts as you can and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on either host’s blog) with the button or a text link, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and/or Pinterest!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business. :)
  • Only share content that you have created.
  • Please remember that the whole idea of a blog hop is to visit the other bloggers and make connections and friendships…so share the linky love!
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include one photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way :)
 
To keep things fresh on the Hop PLEASE do not share a post that you have previously linked up.
 
 
Any post that does not fit in the guidelines will be removed. Thank you for participating!!
 


Clearwater Farm Journal





 

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Apple Orchard Visit



October is a perfect time for a field trip to an apple orchard.  A local, family owned orchard agreed to let our home school co-op come out and visit for the afternoon.

What boy or girl (young or old) doesn't love a horse drawn wagon ride?





We also had a sit down with one of the owners and heard about what it takes to run an orchard. It sounds like a lot of work! This farm, Orchard Beach Farm,  has been in the family for over a hundred years. The orchard was planted in 1930-1932.   The apples are varieties that our grandparents and parents enjoyed. We picked some Northern Spy, which according to the chart they passed out, is good for eating, pies, baking, salads, sauce, and freezer slices. Figured we couldn't go wrong with those!





Weather was perfect, the host were wonderful, and the Apple Orchard was beautiful!
Great Day!





Have you done any  apple picking this fall??

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

One Flock



Flock: A number of animals of one kind that keep or feed together.
 

 
Was there a party I wasn't invited to?
 
This was a shot Delaney took a couple of days ago. I was happy to see the Tunis, Romney and Border Leicester mingling together. It took a while but I think we are back to ONE flock!
 

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