Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday... Joe Cool

He's so cool, he has to wear shades....

Monday, April 22, 2013

Baby Bunnies

The other day when Hubby was cutting grass, he stopped and quickly came in the house.  He was in a hurry (if you know Hubby, he's NEVER in a hurry) and had a somewhat panicked look on his face.

"Quick, I ran over a rabbit's nest!  There are baby bunnies in the nest!," he spouted out.  "What do I need to do?"

I wasn't sure.  Together we went back up to where he had run over the nest.  There Hubby uncovered a nest with four tiny baby rabbits...

They were all huddled together and it was hard to tell where one started and one ended.  But you could see their cute little ears!  Hubby said two were outside the nest just after he noticed it.  He put them back in the nest when he came and got me.

We decided to cover the nest back up and wait.  If the mother rabbit was still around, she would be back and would move them.  If she didn't come back, we decided that we would try to raise them.  

We left the nest and waited.  Not long after we left, it started to rain.  I found a large pot and placed it over the nest but with a way for Mama rabbit to get in.  We just waited again and hoped for the best.

As evening set in, Hubby came back with news.  Two of the baby rabbits were gone but two were still in the nest.  The two in the nest just didn't make it.  Mama rabbit, we hope, has the two surviving babies and is raising them to be full grown rabbits!

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday....The Violets

Spring is here!

The violets are blooming...

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Accident

Some days are just not good days....  Sunday was one of those.  

As we went about tending to the chickens and goats, it was business as usual.  We moved the large chicken pen with the tractor and had just finished refilling water and feeders.  I went to crank the tractor so that we could move the goats. 

We hand crank our tractors partly to make it harder for the boys to start the tractors.  Hand cranking is not terribly difficult but must be done correctly.  The most important thing to do is to make sure that the tractor is not in gear when you crank it.  Because as soon as you crank it, it's ready to go.  And if it's in gear it will take off with you.  This is what I found out the hard way.

So if you hand crank your tractor and it is still in reverse, it will run over anything in its way.  Even if that's a metal chicken pen....

I must tell that no chickens or humans were injured during the ordeal.  Only the chicken pen was damaged and hurt.  The tractor only had scratches on its tires.  And the chickens aren't as dumb as people would like you to think!  Humans on the other hand....

Now we begin the process of building a new chicken pen....

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday....Easter Hunting

Cousins Hunting Easter Eggs

Monday, April 8, 2013


Hamp is playing T-Ball.

Monday was his first ball game.  And he did not want to go.

Hamp cried when I put his shoes on.

Hamp cried on the way to the play field.

Hamp cried when he put his uniform on.

Hamp cried when he was suppose to go out onto the field.


Hamp got to bat...

and all was right with the world!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Farm Days at Astabula

The last Saturday in March is the start of our tractor show season.  So this past Saturday, we packed up and headed across the river to see all our friends at Farm Days at Astabula.  

This use to be the old Pendleton show that was started in part by a couple of brothers Norman and Ernest Durham.  We have know them for quite a while and usually camp next to Norman and his wife Elaine when ever we can.  The Durham's are quite knowledgeable about hit and miss engines and both have traveled around the US pulling old iron from the scrap yard into working history again.  We consider them almost family and our kids look for them even before we get out of the truck at every show we go to.

Ashtabula is a charming two-story clapboard plantation house built c. 1825 by Lewis Ladson Gibbes (1771-1828) and his wife, the former Maria Drayton and later owned by their son Lewis Reeves Gibbs, the famous SC naturalist. The house was expanded to 10 rooms by later owners and the farmland expanded to over 1,000 acres. The orginal 2-story brick building on the site dates to before 1790 and was the site of a traveler's tavern prior to the building of the main house. This building was later attached to the main house with a breezway and was used as the plantation kitchen, and other rooms are interpreted as servant's quarters and a school room. Ashtabula is a house museum situated on ten acres of open ground with its colonial period brick dependency and well house. The house was restored by the Pendleton Historic Foundation and furnished with antebellum antiques and family artifacts.

The show is set up under in the grove of oak trees with the house in the back ground.  It's really neat to hear all the engines popping and grinding under the trees.  It makes you feel as if you are on a working plantation in the 1880s.  There was an 1883 working cotton gin, blacksmith demos, and all types of toys from the 1800s for kids (and adults alike) to learn how to play.

Here are some of the sites we saw and were apart of at the Farm Days at Ashtabula...

First thing Hamp did was get on Mr. Norman's wagon right between two girls!

This is a corn shucker.  You put in dried corn and this machine will take the shucks from the cob.

Another view of the corn shucker.

Hubby talking with the celebrity at the show, Lyn Ellis.  Lyn was on American Pickers.  I had to leave...I didn't have my boots on.  The conversation was "getting pretty deep." 

This is an antique hay bailer that Sam is filling.  Later on, Knox joined Sam as they bailed some more bails.  These two boys are always finding something to do at every show we go to. 

Ernest Durham (on left with black hat) is showing his latest engine he has rebuilt.  It belongs to  the man on the left, Dean Hunter.

Some of the kids at the show were trying to make some money. They were selling Corn Dogs...ears of corn with faces put on them with a string tied around them.  Sam was handling marketing.

Hamp worked all day at trying to fill up that water bucket.

This is a very rare, single cab steel hauler by International.  To the left you can see the engine that runs the corn shucker.
All day Hamp worked at grinding corn for Ms. Linda.  At the end of the day, I caught Hamp and his Daddy racing to empty the corn grinder.  It was a great end to a great day!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday....Easter Boy

Easter Boy

Waiting for the hunt to start.
Not real sure about the Easter Bunny....
Winning a Grand Prize...Happiness!!

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