Saturday, December 10, 2011

Frostiness :)




Everything's coated with ice!


It was gorgeous last night when we took a walk around 11 pm. 
There was an almost full moon and everything was bright white!


The garden shed...


The garden shed window all covered with frosty spider webs. :)


Frost outlining the leaves (that need to get raked up!)

Friday, October 07, 2011

Bantam Roosters

We have several fine bantam roosters that need another home...
Anyone interested?


They are lovely to look at!


Very Handsome, indeed!



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lamb for Sale



We will be butchering two of our lambs in November!

Please email Sara directly at sara (at) deovolentefarm.com if you are interested.

The lambs will be about 10 months old, which we find to be an ideal age balancing taste with pounds.

The lambs are completely grass fed and come from Katahdin stock.

We will have more available next June!


Thursday, September 08, 2011

A little vacation


Things have been quiet around here, as we went to California in August for a wedding! We also spent time at our family's cabin in the Sierras and we visited with family and friends.  

Jacob and I spent time at the Nevada County Fair in Grass Valley. 
Our friends insisted on a photo with the giant chicken. :)

If you want to read more, you can check out the adventure at Sara's blog.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

The zoo and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

On Wednesday of this week, we visited the zoo for a concert! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was in town and our family loves swing music, so it was a fun time! We wondered around the zoo before the concert, but animals are smarter than us and most of them were taking their midday siesta during the heat of the day, so we didn't see a lot of action....but what little action we did see, I thought I'd share...



Mom peaks through the brush and pulls her "Mr. Livingstone I presume?" on Dad.

The giraffes were fairly lively.


We saw a rhino get out as it knew dinner time was coming soon!

The lion area was dead when it came to action, so we provided some of our own action. Here Scott demonstrates to Jacob  the proper way to look like a lion is going to eat you.

Sam Payne and Daniel arrive on the scene to watch.

And Jacob attempts his own stunt!

Jacob and I later wandered over to the penguins where we were fortunate to have a penguin deign to swim up to us.I think he as disapointed we didn't have any food.

Dad and I pose on the concert grounds. Dad had to turn his cap backwards so we could see his face!
It was a sold out crowd and it was packed!
Some of our friends from church who joined us... I think there were about 25 of us!




Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gravel


Here is Daniel, Jacob and friend taking a break from working to watch the big gravel truck.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Haying and raining


Yesterday as we headed out to buck some hay, Andrew and Daniel
demonstrated their wheel walking expertise.


Obviously Tyler is the only one paying attention to me. :)
The boys are standing on a trailer that is specifically for bucking hay.
You can see a hay hook in Tyler's hands. That makes the job infinitely easier!

And apparently we're not very good hay farmers. We were super busy last week and thought we had all this week to buck hay. Someone at some point had looked at the weather forecast and it said that it was supposed to be sunny all week. Well, the lesson is, never trust the weather in Oregon. So it rained on about half of our hay bales.

Daniel and Jacob move the bales around on the trailer as
Tyler and Andrew buck the hay onto it.
I think Daniel is already standing on a couple of layers.

We've hardly ever hayed on such a large scale, so usually it hasn't been a big deal, but this year we had three pastures to hay since our sheep herd is so small. Which means we ended up with just shy of 20 tons of hay. That's a lot!

Our neighbor Martin (who bought 7 tons and bucked it himself single handedly!) has been kind enough to give us advice, so it doesn't sound like the bales are ruined.
They just won't work for horses, but cows, sheep and goats are fine. We did get some bales bucked last night, but still, about 9 tons were left in the field.


And I get to drive the tractor!
I just have to drive slow enough so that Andrew and Tyler can walk along it and buck the hay onto the trailer.
I'm so spoiled.

So what do you do with hay bales that have been rained upon? Well, I didn't get a picture but you need to "tripod" them. Basically you just match up pairs or threesomes and stand them up in a tripod (3 bales) or an upside down V (2 bales). This allows them to dry out better.

So we've learned the following lessons.

1. Coordinate with the hay-er so you know exactly when he's going to bale (it's best to buck them as soon as possible!) and then don't plan anything that week. ;)
2. Stay on top of the weather forecast. Just because it's July and sunny and 80 doesn't mean it won't rain tomorrow.
3. Have neighbors that want to buck their own hay. Saves you tons of effort!
4. Consider haying not quite so many fields!


Thursday, July 07, 2011

Bantam chicks


Well, I'm here again. We've found both camera chargers, so we're back in business. Overall it's one of those seasons where there's so much going on it's hard to get around to sharing it in photos, but I have a few to share from the last couple of weeks...


Here Panther is having some dinner while the chickens are settling down for the night. Proof of just how one of our mightiest birders is completely "chicken proof". Panther actually has to wear a bell after the neighbors complained he was doing back flips in order to catch the birds they were feeding! Yet he completely ignores the chickens. :)




In these two pictures you can see just how small they still are. About half the size of their mom. They are also developing some pretty white feathers around the neck and tips of their wings.




Peek-a-boo!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Small updates

So sorry for the lack of photos this last couple of weeks! We have a case of disappearing cameras and gear around here! I think I have to go on the grand camera hunt. Anyways, hopefully we'll get some more pictures up here soon. The bantam chicks have gotten so big since the last time I posted a rather blurry photo.

In other news, we have updated the order form page with a new order form and I've also included an email we sent out recently. It contains our final price for the June batch. Please check it out if you did not get it by email!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bantam Baby Chicks - 2 weeks old



Today the Momma and baby chicks ventured outside the garage.

Here they are clustered behind our hydrangea plant, while Momma is enjoying a well deserved dust bath.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Some More Saturday Ramblings


Today, I made it outside, with camera in hand, and actually got some pictures.



A couple friends came over to help Scott put up siding on the shed.
Here's David and Jacob helping Scott.



The handsome trio, Scott, David and Joseph.
Thanks to David's wife, Josie, for letting David help us out on a Saturday!



The orchard is just about to burst (or pop) into bloom. Only the cherry trees are making an effort right now, but the apple blossoms are almost ready.



The same side of the shed sided. (Say that five times fast!) Doesn't it look so much better with siding and a window?



And in the barn yard, Andrew and Jacob demonstrate their balancing prowess on a raised bed frame they made for me. Thanks, guys!




And here, Jacob is demonstrating how to use this bed frame.



And Jacob begged me to take some cool pictures of him jumping, so here you go!





Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lambs and a window

Just a few photos to share today. It's the season where so much is going on, that it's hard to capture everything. And it's hard to find the time to sit down and write. :) Plus, it doesn't help when, a) your spare camera battery goes missing and b) so does your camera battery charger!



First off, a gratuitous picture I took last week of our ewe, Petunia.
I think she looks so lovely and noble.



Last weekend Scott installed a window in the shed! Yay.
No more darkness. Slowly but surely he's making progress on the shed.
Next up, I believe, is siding it.



And finally, a picture of some adorable lambs. The two males in the back are Winslow and Homer, and the ewe lamb in the front is Rosa.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

2011 Newsletter and Order Form



You can access this year's newsletter and order form here!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Daniel and his chicks



Here's Daniel posing with some brand new baby chicks on Friday.

In other news, we've sent out the newsletter by email.

We'll have it up on the website soon and this week we'll be working on mailing it out to all of our friends who don't get it by email.

If you didn't get it by email and you should have, let us know!

Friday, April 08, 2011

The chicks have arrived!



We had some young friends over to admire the baby chicks today.

It was a wonderful day full of sunshine, little kiddos, chicks and lambs.

I took lots of pictures, but I don't know where I misplaced the camera, so I've stolen this picture from today from my dear friend.

And for those wondering, we are getting a newsletter out SOON. Very soon.

Contact us if you'd like to receive the newsletter!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Daniel's Tutorial



Here is Daniel's tutorial on how to put on a hoody's hood with class.

Monday, April 04, 2011

The boys do Parkour!



Over the last year Andrew, Daniel and Jacob have enjoyed learning how to do a little bit of Parkour/Freerunning stuff.

They've come up with some videos that demonstrate their "amazing" Parkour skils.

I've been wanting to share them with you for a while, but we kept on forgetting about them. For me, to put them on and for them to show me the actual link.

This is the fourth in their little series... if you enjoyed it, you can see more at their youtube channel.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lambs nursing



Here's a little video I took yesterday of the twins nursing.

Love the way they wiggle their tails!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lambing (1st take)

This afternoon I looked out of my bedroom window towards the sheep and spotted this little guy following his mom. We weren't planning on lambing this spring, but the ewes had other ideas (and we were a little sloppy!) so it was only a couple of weeks ago that I noticed some of the ewes were so rotund they must be pregnant.



Daniel and Jacob posing with the little ewe lamb...



This momma had twins. Two fine healthy boys. One's brown and the other is black.



Here's the little ewe lamb again with her momma. While most of our ewes are Katahdin, this momma is Dorper.



And here's me posing with her. (Hmm, I think we need a name... suggestions anyone?) I've brought the girls all in so we could check on the lambs and give them some selenium boosters.




And a lovely picture of my grandmother holding one of the boy lambs. The grandparents are visiting for the week and she came out to hold her first lamb. :)



And here's Mums. She's holding another girl who is simply adorable. She's still young enough that she sort of hops while running through the field and with her coloring, she looks like a bunny!

Right now the count is one single female, one female and male twins. And we probably have another 6-9 ewes to go!

Naming suggestions are welcomed.