New Lumber Source…

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As you might has heard, Miss Maggie’s business has been just going nuts!  It’s so wonderful.  She is making all sort of looms and shuttles and other fiber tools for the weaving and fiber arts community!  Just amazing and so rewarding for her.

And last spring we found a great new source for lumber in Angola, Indiana…  called Wible Lumber and Hardwoods.   This was our first trip there and it was just lovely.

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We still love Kencraft for so many reasons, including their friendly staff and advice about all things woodworking, but it’s nice too  to have another source when we run Kencraft out of our wide red oaks and other lumbers for the looms.  And Angola has a Menards, Walmart and Joannes as well as an Aldis and Tractor Supply, Hobby Lobby and more!  It’s just fun to mix it up a bit when doing errands!

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We shot a little video, too!   Not sure how this will imbed…

 

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My Little Office Friends…

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Right outside my office, I have all my bird feeders.  It’s a perfect place to sit and watch them come and go.  I just love feeding birds and watching them as well.  I suppose that is why I love chickens so much, too!  It’s good to have a camera handy as I captured a few of my common visitors.  I love this red breasted grosbeak!  He was a very frequent user of my feeding stations!

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Bluejays are some of my favorites and I usually put out a lot of peanuts for them to enjoy.  But we also have a lot of goldfinches, cardinals, sparrows and other beautiful birds.  Several woodpeckers as well and just recently, a great horned owl has made a home in our tall pines in the dog yard!  Quite the busy little aviary around here!!!  IMG_4255

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Butchering Time…

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Spring of 2018 was the first large harvest of our American Guinea Hogs.  We butchered two boars, one older (4 years) and a yearling.  Remarkably, we got over 170 pounds of meat from the two after processing.  The yearling only weighed in at about 100 pounds, if I recall.  The boar was closer to 200.  American Guinea Hogs are a small breed of lard pig so the harvest was really decent, in our opinion.  We got a lot of ground sausage and chops, hams, bacon and more.

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And the doggies got a bag of little scraps and bones and they were very very thrilled.

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That one was bigger than Evee’s head and she was quite the happy pup to have at it for days on end!  She ended up burying it in the dog yard for later!  Ratchet, he just got to work at his job ahead. IMG_3429

One of the first meals we made with our own pork was breaded, fried pork cutlets and they were super good.  Richer in flavor than I recall supermarket pork to be. Just a darker red meat, almost like beef. We had a friend interested in a half of the yearling and the rest we cleaned out one of our chest freezers and filled it to the brim!   We also gifted some to the girl’s dad and family.  And friends!  When you process a couple animals, it’s time to share the bounty.  I believe everyone was quite happy to receive good, decently raised pork.

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Miss Evee took to protecting the meat box.  She takes her job as farm dog very seriously.

Maggie made up some fries and we had a lovely lunch the day the pork came home!

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