Roofing progress has been slowly progressing forward. Slowly. Due to various summer activities (county fair, work, CCP recertification, family events, and other commitments) and weather, the roof is still a work in progress. The good news? What little I have completed, has stood the test of the elements. We have been hit by several thunderstorms over the past few weeks. No leaks in the new roofing!
The dormer roofing and chimney roofing took a while to figure out as this is my first non-barn roof that I have installed. So far it is looking about how we had planned. For reference, my partially completed 3D model in Sketchup (thanks to my cousin Brad for the software suggestion!).
Looks like another storm’s a brewin..
While my nerves were on edge as our roof was undergoing moisture testing, the ducks were thoroughly enjoying themselves as parts of our yard became over-saturated..
The rain and the hot sunny summer days have started to bring our gardens to life! Flowers that we started indoors from seed are just starting to bloom. The hard work and planning of spring is just starting to pay off!
This flower bed did not exist a mere 2 months ago!
Nor did this one!
Not only are the flowers in bloom, but the garden harvest has switched from strawberries, to everything else… Over the last week or two, I would guess that nearly 80% of the food we have consumed has originated from our property. Venison, pork, rabbit, potatoes, beans, zucchini, beets, carrots, strawberries, raspberries, peppers, herbs, and even a few early apples!
Another quick sneak peak at the latest house progress.
This side of the house has reminded me a lot of the barn. The roof sagged about 2-3 inches in the middle. This required a bit of work to remove and will result in a hopefully mostly squared up looking roof.
It has been a while since I have posted an update on here, so, I am going to cover all the bases!
We have laid down the rest of the cardboard we had stored up for the garden as part of our permiculture sheet-mulching technique. As the rabbits produce more “fertilizer”, we will lay it over the cardboard, along with waste straw from the barn hayloft. This method seems to so far be fairly effective at keeping the weeds at bay, while at the same time helping the ground retain moisture and receive nutrients.
Had enough yet? There’s more…
I finally had some time this weekend to install the automatic water valves for the yak, goats, and cows. At least through the summer months, this will save us lots of time as it eliminates the chore of filling up their waters!
Water aside, it sort of feels like spring again around the farm, in July. We not only have a new litter of fluffy kittens, but also…
I think that about brings you up to date with the happenings on our little farm.
I’ll end the the same way I end every evening here. This is our naughty hen that refuses to roost with the rest of the chickens. Instead, she chooses to roost on the rabbit cages. Maybe she thinks she is a bunny? Maybe she dislikes our two juvenile roosters that are the cause of chaos before all the hens go in to roost every evening? Either way, for the last few weeks, every night, I have to sneak up on her, grab her, and toss her back into the coop. Every night! Without fail! I hope someday she will learn!