Saturday, May 30, 2009
She seems to be very healthy and is getting around and suckling, and Pammy seems to be doing the proper mothering things:
We once again thank the Lord for Him granting the provision of Pammy and her new doe, and we pray for help and guidance to take care of His gifts properly and biblically.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tiara is the little calf you see walking next to her mother Amistosa in the first picture of our blog post introducing the cattle. And now with Tiara having her first calf, Lajoya is the first grandcalf from one of Sue's and my cows.
Here is a video of her just a day or two after being born. We've seen her prancing around in the morning and evening, and so I think daytime is sleepy time:
We thank God once again for His gracious provisions and blessings!
Monday, May 18, 2009
And so the ground-breaking began. Here is the site before any clearing:
I was able to use a bulldozer from a neighbor to knock down the trees:
Here is the same picture as the one above after the tree felling:
And here is the land mostly cleared, with unsaved branches in a burn pile:
Finally, this is the firewood we were able to put up from the felled trees:
Lord willing, we'll post updates as things progress. We are grateful to God for allowing us to begin this project.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
In doing a little more research on fat lamps, I decided to try making one myself using baling wire and a mason jar. Basically, the wire would be coiled and shaped so as to hold the wick (a mop head string), and a handle would be included to be able to pull out the wick and wick holder. Here's how I did it:
I wrapped the wire around a pencil. For the mop string we had though, the coil ended up too large; and so, I bent the coils to make them smaller:
This is the completed wick holder:
And here it is with the lard-saturated wick in place:
This is the wick holder and the wick now in the jar. Before I placed them in, I put several table spoons of lard into the jar and mashed them with the spoon to flatten them out:
Finally, here the lamp is lit:
Thankfully, the wick holder handle doesn't seem to get hot when using the fat lamp.
We again are grateful for the Lord's provisions; for Christ Jesus, the Light of the world, the Light of life (John 8:12); and for His Word, a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our paths (Psalms 119:105)!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Here are the onions, cabbage, and a few tomato plants in the first bed; and carrots in the second:
Again the carrots; squash, zucchini and cucumber in the next bed; green beans in the bed after that; and peppers and okra in the one after that (although you probably can't see those too well):
These are more tomato plants:
And finally, the green shading you see in the cleared area are turnip sprouts. We also planted turnips in a tilled portion of our field (not pictured). We are hoping to grow them for ourselves, but mostly as animal feed:
We thank God for the progress on the garden and all of His provisions for it.
Friday, May 1, 2009
And then the butchering began, with 7 or 8 folks involved. It was probably about 45 minutes to an hour before sundown, and so we all put it into high gear, trying to get them skinned, gutted and quartered before dark. With all of the practice we've had, we were able to get it done pretty much with no problem.
Apparently, the wild hog population is exploding and becoming a real problem, which is bad in that they can be destructive to land and animals, but good in that there's a bunch of free meat running around.
And so, we are very grateful to the Lord for granting this food. He is most gracious and merciful.
1 Tim 6:8 - "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.