Saturday, April 29, 2006

Really high jump!


We got the hoop house up and done a couple of days ago and have some trans-plants and seeds in it. We planted lots of corn and some peas in the hoop house so far but outside we have: two rows of potatoes, five rows of carrots, four and a quarter rows of peas, and just a couple of days ago got two rows of onions planted. We have a pump hooked up to a little pond across the field and use that to water with the garden hose. We have our bikes out and running now and have had fun doing jumps. Here is yesterday's record jump. We couldn't measure exactly how high I went but it was fun!

We like using the digital camera to take pictures because you don't have to buy film and you can delete the ones that don't turn out. How do you think I went so high? Here's a good picture of our growing German Shepherd. He is getting bigger:


Saturday, April 22, 2006

Hoop house


We got the hoop house (green house) almost finished in the last couple days. Pretty much all that is left is the plastic sheet over the top. We have a door on the northern end of the hoop house and got it tilled inside. Also, in the last couple of days we put up some cattle panels for fencing and wired them to metal stakes for a pen for our sheep and maybe goats this summer. I took these pictures this afternoon of the hoop house and other things:

The hoop house.
Dad putting the washer and hose clamp on the end of the re-bar to hold it from shifting in the wind.

Jonathan putting the wire into the 2x4 to wire the board to the pipes I filled with cement.

Steve, David and Andrew spreading the manure farther from the pile.

Jonathan admiring the hoop house.

Looking through the door at Steve and the tiller.

Dad is having a good time :-)

Our tilled garden spot without any plants.Our garden spot with plants.

A good picture of Mom.

Later in the evening we went to our neighbors to look at their sheep and lambs. The pictures:

Us bottle feeding the lambs.

As you can see, they have lots of sheep!

A cute picture of one out of about 120 lambs that they have.

Our sheep that need to be sheared. I'll have to put some pictures of the fences that we put up. Now it is time to got to bed. Goodnight!


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Rain rain rain = mud mud mud

Rain rain rain = Mud mud mud = mess mess mess. It is pretty dreary out today. I only went outside a couple times and don't feel like going out any more than I have to. Samson is kind of lonely because we had Selah inside all night. The thunder scares her pretty bad. We did indoor stuff today like: math, reading, music... Not a lot to write about. Dad went to sawmill lumber to pick up an aproxamate price ammount for building supplies.


Monday, April 17, 2006

Our day of trans planting little seeds


There has just been so much going on around our place that I haven't had time to do any blogging. I like blogging but sometimes I just can't get myself to do it.

Today we headed over to Paulette's at 10:00 a.m. and trans-planted A LOT (almost 5,000) of little tiny plants. The snap-dragons were the worst. They were about an inch tall and the stem was about a 32nd of an inch wide (very hard to work with but at least you didn't have to plant them singly like some others that we did, you could plant three in each one of the sections of the six pack plant cariers). After doing trans-planting for the morning we went outside and worked on some weeding, cleaning out dead flowers from last year, and planting seeds in and out of the green house. We planted a bunch of rows of vegtables: potatoes, peas, corn, tomatos, and I don't think we planted any beans.

After a while we got a break and had a few cookies and then we used the scooter we brought with us. We got it free from a friend when we helped her clean her garage. It is not motorized but we would like to put a little motor on it. If you started on the hill near the heath center you could give yourself a push and glide down to around the bend where Mom got stuck, about 200 yards.

We had supper there and I'm full! When we got home Dad pulled off the straps that held on the tarp for the roof and so we took the roof off. I'm tired. Time to go to bed.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The green is showing!!! and more...

Hi there,

The weather is now very nice (about 65-70 degrees) except for last night when it thundered and stormed with rain but now it is all dry. We went to Paulette's today and helped transplant little baby plants into other containers to be farther apart from each other. We (Andrew and I) had a good time and got a pretty good amount done and Andrew helped Steve bring them down to the attached green house by his cabin. A few days ago we came over and put the plastic sheeting on the hoop house (a green house that is about 40 feet long and gets VERY hot in the sun) and so that is all done and ready after the ground is tilled inside to plant the little plants in it. I have been seeing little shoots of grass coming up in the open places and it is nice to see some green again after the winter/mud.

This afternoon we had a little scary adventure with the burn barrel and fire extinguisher. I was the one that noticed that the smoke from the burn barrel was spreading farther out into the field. Earlier in the afternoon Jonathan had brought the garbage over across the field and burned it all but it must have been before it was completely burned a piece of burning garbage fell out and started the dry grass on fire. We have a metal screen that we put over the barrel when it gets going and all the garbage is in and then the burning pieces can't fly out in the wind. Today it was windy and the rain that had fallen the night before was dry by the afternoon so the piece of burning garbage that fell out started a fire that spread about 25 yards and had spread side ways about 10 feet. I was the first one to run over there and I started trying to stamp out the worst parts and then when Dad and Jonathan came and helped but it wasn't doing much and that is when Jonathan mentioned "fire extinguisher" and then ran to get one. He got the one from near the wood stove and on the way told Mom about the fire and she got buckets of water in the van and drove out to help. When she got there Dad had used the extinguisher and gotten most of the fire out and the buckets were just used to make sure the fire wasn't going to start up on us again. I had gotten the metal rake and was beating out the flame and scratching up the ground and the little flame that was left was out. I'm glad it didn't spread any farther than what it did! Lots of exiting things happen around here.

I've been doing Samson's training sessions regularly now and he is improving. I have got him to do heel really good with the leash and without the leash he kind of moves away when I turn to the right. We are all still recovering from being sick. It is mostly the cough now and a little of the runny noses. It has been staying light now about until 9:00 p.m. which is nice to have more time outside in the evening. This morning we went to sawmill lumber to think out our house plans and look at lumber, siding, roofs... The man there will be giving us an approximate price list for when we order lumber. Glad spring is here!


A few pictures of the fire:

The burn barrel and a few buckets included.Part of the area burned.

This was the direction the wind was blowing and the fire was spreading. If we didn't stop it it could have burned down those trees and everything behind it. Glad it didn't happen!