Moving on up!

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Last summer, we were able to purchase a lovely yard tractor for our little farm homestead.  A gift from my father that will last us many years we hope.  Miss Maggie is the major driver of our new Husquavarna lawn tractor!  We bought it from our friends at Superior Farm and Feed nearby and we are sure that they will be able to help us keep our new baby good and helpful for us for years and years!

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We have 3 acres and even though we have sheep and goats that help keep most of our homestead in mown shape, they are not perfect and it gets away from them.  And the tractor is not just for mowing but with it’s lovely little trailer we can use it for a wide variety of chores around the place.  Moving hay and rocks, picking up trash and vegetation trimmings and such, this tractor is going to really make things so much easier!  Paul taught Maggie all about how to run it and how to take care of basic maintenance.  We also ordered a nice cover for the baby, too!

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Jessy gave it a whirl as well and so did I.  It drives so nice and does a lovely job of keeping the estate all nice and tidy!   And it even was great at moving all my goodies out to the cottage.  We hope to add a few attachments to help with leaves and detaching and maybe even a snow plow blade!  It’s powerful enough to take on many jobs.  It’s not quite a full blown tractor, of course, but it’s much more powerful than just a mower.  We are super pleased with the beast and hope to really make good use of this baby in the many years to come!  IMG_8809

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Friends come to visit!

IMG_8210Our friend Jeff and Shelly came out to visit one fine summer afternoon.  It was Shelly’s birthday as well as Miss Jessy’s and that was fun!  Of course, we have to spend some time visiting and feeding the WIndhaven petting zoo!  Buttercup is the tour guide and of course, you must tip her accordingly so that the tour goes nicely.

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Isn’t my little cottage so darling, tucked back in the old garden space?  Maggie picked the spot for me and I am so glad she did.  I originally thought I would like it way out back where the ponies live but I think that would have been a little open and not quite what I wanted.  Having it tucked back in the old garden is so perfect and I love that area anyway!  IMG_8214 IMG_8215

Shelly likes to follow along with us all on Facebook, so this was a lovely surprise for her to come out and visit with the baby lambs and get her fill of farm life for the afternoon!  I always love to have friends stop by and just hang out and enjoy all that is our little farm.  It’s a beautiful place and we love to share it.

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Freya is no dummy!  She knows where the cuddles are and was quick to warm up and love the attention.  The other lambs are a little skittish, but they warmed up as well, especially when cookies are involved!  IMG_8222

Big Gary decided to show off and jump up on the kitchen counter top for our outdoor kitchen!  What a crazy boy…  He is such a big boned dude for sure.

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Jeff got a little cuddle time with Freya as well.  She is an equal opportunity lap lamb!!!  It was so cool for them to see my little cottage in it’s brand new raw state.  I do hope that they come out next summer to see it all pretty and finished up!   We should have a little cookout…  that would be lovely fun.

 

 

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A few June 2020 pictures…

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Isn’t she cute, just sitting there in the sunshine and shade?  This was back in the summer of 202 when we were working to finish Willowcroft Cottage all out.  It would take a couple months to get her ready to move in around September.  I am very proud of the little red gate and I hope to build a little trellis around it and plant some morning glories or perhaps a pretty clematis.  I think that would be very welcoming.  And I’d like to add two little solar lanterns to each of the posts to light the way home.

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I needed just a little step up on my deck, someday to become a porch.  These lovely stones were found at Lowes.  They are prefect and I love how they look old.  I believe that I will be getting a few more to perhaps edge a few little planting areas or just make the steps longer.  IMG_8177

The Chicken Coop is coming along.  I wish that I could have it done in time for move in, but it’s not a high priority.  To be honest, it will probably wait until this springtime.  I really didn’t want to try and get my cottage all nice in the fall and winter and then add chicken keeping to the mix as well.  Once spring gets here, I can have the run built and then we can install a handful of lovely hens to entertain and provide some fresh eggs and amusement!  IMG_8178

The little lambs were very interested in all the goings on at the cottage.  One thing I just can’t wait for is to enjoy all the livestock in the spring and summer months.  I will have a little fence around some of the areas that I want to protect but there will be lots of nice grazing spaces very near to my cottage.  It will be nice.

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Love the look of the color finally!  It’s lovely in the spring and summer but it is a little too purple in the winter now.  I might consider a slightly different color but right now, it’s fine.  I can’t wait to just keep working on making her cuter and lovely as I go!

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