New Rose Bush

New Rose Bush

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 2011

The nuts are falling, the nuts are falling and the llamas have arrived.  After waiting several months for the best time, The Ruzicka's came from NJ with three of the most beautiful llamas to guard our sheep.  Francesca, her son Hockus Pockus (nicknamed Hockie), and a former show animal, Lancelot.  How did we end up with two Lance's on our farm?

We put the llamas in the barnyard with the sheep overnight and then in the morning let them all out around 10:00 in the morning.  They thought the sheep were intruders at first, but as the day went on they all got along fine, although not too close.  They sounded the "llama alarm" a couple times during the day, but I'm not sure what for.  In the early afternoon Holly the sheep got out of the pasture and we have no idea how she got out.  It has never happened before.

As for the nuts, walnuts have fallen and fallen for a few days.  We've picked up several bushels of wonderful fresh walnuts.  We'll have to put them in a bag and ride over them with a car in order to open them up and then dry the insides.  We can't wait until we have fresh walnuts on our counter in the nut jar.

The other nuts are much more easy.  The chestnuts are beautiful and easily pop open and fall to the ground for our easy picking.  All I have to do is package them in a paper bag and put in the freezer.  We picked our first basket of chestnuts today.  We do have at least one pecan tree also, but no pecans this year.

Moved the meat chicks to a bigger box in the garage today and they're all nice and clean.  We've lost 2 chicks but still have 34 left.  Can't wait to get them outside in the moving pen, but it's supposed to get really cold again this coming weekend.  I'll have to wait until they have all their old feathers.

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