Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cooking at Passionate Homemaking

Please check out Lindsay's recent post on Stretching A Whole Chicken for 4+ Meals at her blog Passionate Homemaking. Lindsey and her extended family are long time customers and she did a delicious post featuring a Deo Volente Farm chicken. Doesn't the picture look yummy? Thanks, Lindsay!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bertram the Rooster wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

He's thankful he's not a turkey...

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Taking a walk to the "pond" in the snow

Andrew, Daniel and Jacob head into the sheep pasture.

The gate latch is frozen...

The mysterious man at the bottom of the hill is our Uncle Roger. He and his family are visiting for the week! And actually, he's not really our uncle. Sssshhh. Our families adopted each other a long time ago. They're up for Thanksgiving. Farming is his hobby, so we just offer him a smorgasbord of projects for him to choose from. And we are thankful for all his help.

Running down to see Uncle Roger.

Uncle Roger waits patiently for the exuberant young men to make it down there.

"What is this stuff?"
The man-sheeps look at me as I follow the boys.

And then it registers in their brains that I might, just might, have food with me.
Alas for them, I don't.

The boys ponder the frozen edge. I make it down there in a few minutes with Ellen (the cousin) and we admire the ice.

The house looks so inviting. Okay, I'm cold. We're all cold. Time to go inside!

Smoke curling from the chimney beckons us in.
Perhaps there will be hot cocoa, too...

Snow Skating

Today we got a layer of freezing rain and with a smidgen of snow and of course we had to to go out and experience it.

Andrew, Daniel, Jacob and Tucker the dog had fun!

I did a little off camera skating myself (couldn't resist!) and also enjoyed skating while taking out the trash.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cheesy Scott

Cheesy grin Scott!

Scott had just got home from work when I walked by and snapped this photo.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Violet and Dorrit in the Veggie Garden

The other day Violet and Dorrit got to spend a few days eating the leftovers of the vegetable garden.

They did a pretty good job of munching most of the leftovers to the ground.

In this video Dorrit is coming over to say hello!

Wilma in a tight spot

For those of you who haven't met Wilma, she has rather a cult like following among our family and friends. She's one of our cleverest kittys (there's eight altogether) and will leap for food. She also likes to sleep in the most peculiar spots. She also traditionally likes tight spaces. One of her favorite spots is behind the DVD and VCR player (yeah, we still have one).

Today I captured her sleeping here in her classic kitty sleep pose. Here it is without the flash...

With the flash...

Close up:

And just as I was uploading the above photos, Wilma proved once again that she's fond of tight spots. This is Wilma figuring out that there was not enough room behind the stereo system. Yes, we are really that old fashioned around here.


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Just one reason

Why I love Oregon in the fall...


In this video you can hear the duckies in-between-voice. They've moved beyond peeping but have yet to develop a deep throated quack.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Duckies (almost 2 months old!)

The duckies are now almost fully grown. They have all feathers and their voices are half broken. Let me tell you, there's nothing funnier then hearing a duck go "peep" "peep" "ouack" "peep" as their voices break!

Here Daniel's filling up their little swimming pond. He looks, so, um enthusiastic. Actually, I don't think he saw me.

Here they are wondering if I have food...

Duckie on the right: Dude Duck, you have something stuck in your bill.
Duckie on the left: What?! Where? Here, you say?
Duckie on the right: No, a little to the left..
Duckie on the left: "Here?"
Duckie on the right: "No, there..."

Why photo taking is hard around here

This photo represents why a lot of pictures don't make it on this blog... It seems like every time I've found a decent photo op, sure enough, there is something strikingly in the way!

Yes, that's right. It's a bright blue recycling container.
No clue as to why it's sitting randomly on the lawn...

Ah, now that's better. Um, I think I still forgot to put it away though...
Better check tomorrow!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Tree leaves

Notice something wrong in this photo?
Our orchard trees are as green as ever.
And it's November!

A Sheepish Excursion

Today Jacob and I went out to give the sheep their minerals and give anti-biotics to one ewe that's doing a little poorly. Here's the man sheeps coming to check us out. i'm sure they're thinking.. "Food! food! FOOD!"

Jacob posing with Violet, our ewe in distress. And no, she's not being choked to death. She's just merely intent on the feed bucket that I'm holding.

Jacob's picture of me in the field that has the ewes... By this time raindrops had smeared the camera lens rather uniformly... but I do like how my sweater matches the trees in the background.