We had mistakenly thought that late Fall and Winter would slow our work down, hospital but instead we have just shifted over to the other fires that were burning in the background. But as my best friend says, “The list is just that long. Take a break because you will NEVER finish it.” So here I am taking my break to update our long neglected blog.
Our biggest project? The Barn. Ever since our hoop storage shelter blew up, we’ve had just random piles of our stuff strewn about covered in tarps, a shifty proposition at best in a place that gets pretty severe winds. Every time we get a wind storm, I am chewing my nails thinking about what is going to blow away. I will be very happy to get the barn done! We still need to finish the siding, install doors and windows, and then finally move all our stuff in.
After we got the roof on the barn, we took a little break to make a wood-fired Rocket Bread Oven. It’s really nice to have an oven again after living without one for 2 years. Then over the New Year’s holiday, we butchered the T-Bones with the help of our friends Jim (who also helped last year) and Joe (our friend from Evergreen Farm). They helped us get the steers processed and cut up in one day, then we made lots of sausage, traditionally fermented and dried, and now have our freezer space that we rent stuffed full for the coming year. Our holidays were pretty good; we stayed at home so it was pretty quiet. We unfortunately could not see the Solstice lunar eclipse as it was cloudy. Now we are working on our seed order for this coming season, and trying to plan out our house design which we will hopefully start this Spring.
Here are some pics of the barn building…enjoy!