After a few weekends interrupted by work, we have returned to a bit of normalcy, and progress at home!
Last weekend we had some friends over. He brought his chainsaw (thank you for your help!)!! Time to cut some more wood. Somehow I still find it enjoyable, even thought every inch of my body hurts after I am done. We took down a few large dead trees, including a very sizable maple that was hung up in a pine and oak tree. I’d say that was about the toughest tree I have ever had to take down. It took us a while, but we got it, only one sprained ankle later. Thankfully, it must have been a minor enough sprain that I was back to walking normal after a few days.
We finally put up our second goat paddock (you can also see a bit of our firewood in the background). This will be a welcome addition to our farm. We would like to get another up next year, allowing us to rotate our goats around three paddocks and help naturally manage parasite issues.
Winter made a surprise comeback last Monday on our farm with a couple inches of snow. Thankfully it melted that evening! That didn’t stop the kids from enjoying it while it lasted!
This last weekend, we started out with a run to pick up our house windows. Unfortunately, after waiting this long, they were the wrong size!! We ordered 5 feet, 2 inch tall windows by 2 feet 6 inches wide. What we got, well, 52 inches by 26 inches. See the problem? Yeah, sort of a depressing start to the weekend to say the least. Thankfully our kitchen window was sized correctly, so we framed accordingly and installed the window above the sink.
As you can tell, the new kitchen window is a significant upgrade compared to the old and tiny window pictured above. Unfortunately, I don’t have a finished picture of the new window just yet, so you’ll just have to wait to see it until the next post 🙂
Saturday morning, Stephen and I took off to Mann Lake, located in Hackensack, MN to pick up our bees! We are fortunate enough to have one of the countries premier bee suppliers located only a little over an hours drive from our farm.
This is one of two bee packages we picked up. Driving with several thousand bees in the back seat was a little intimidating at first, but I guess I just took each turn slowly, cautious not to let them tip over. All it would take is that can on the top to slip out of the box and there would be bees everywhere. You may think you are not allergic to bees, but it is a common fact that 500-1000 bee stings will kill any person, regardless of whether you think you are allergic or not.
I am sure that will be a road trip Stephen will never forget!
I put together a stand to get our hives above the grass and then introduced the bees and their respective queens to the new hive boxes. It was amazing how calm the bees were for me once I gave them a few good sprays of sugar water. They seem to have taken to their new homes. I will need to check on them in a week to see how the hive building is going and to make sure the queen has started laying eggs. For the most part, I will just get to let them do their thing now. I should only need to check in on them every 10-14 days or so and make sure they haven’t outgrown their new space. We also started putting together two bee traps, more on that later.
What else have we been up to?
Yes, I know, I jump all over the place. With so many fun projects to tackle, how could I not! I couldn’t resist!! I had to put steel up on at least one barn wall. We decided on the north chicken coop wall.
While I still need to install windows, re-roof this lean-to, and add additional length to the eaves, it at least gives us a glimpse of what we have to look forward to seeing out of our house windows.
Bonus! Stephen has hit the project ready age! While Shelly and I set the kitchen window, he was busy pulling apart this old deck on the side of the house!