the bottom two logs are white oak, so i dont think there'll be a problem, all the pine is off the ground around a foot. and after the roof is on it with the over hang an drainage around it not much water should even come in contact with the oak.
I did some googling on that guy last night and he has a big setup there. 1000 acre place that he uses like a school to teach people about the enviroment, ect. You can go there for different classes. He has been lots of places and done lots of things and he has a degree in English. It is called Turtle Island if you'd like to read about it. I wonder if he has an oven like yours. Bet he'd want one if he saw yours. Seems like I can smell the warm loaves everytime I look at your pics. :)
Cajun, sounds interesting, ill check it out, i'd guess that he did have a bread oven or wood oven, like mine well .. hahaa mine is my design because i follow my own path hahahaa yeah i know im strange. an the bread that comes out of it is just Awsome.. fills the air with the smell of warm fresh baked breads..
What kinda chicks and ducklings did you get, how many and where from? I have been searching the net to try and decide and I think I would like EEs and Welsummers. Then I can breed for olive eggers.
Any idea what kind of goats you want? Will you be using them for meat and milk? We like goat meat but haven't butchered any because I have been able to sell them all. Going to breed my grown doe this month and the doe kid in March.
You might want to get yourself a Haflinger instead of a welsh pony. Haffies are very sturdy so you can work it and ride it, they are very easy keepers and being a draft breed they are "cold" blooded so they are much more easy going and easy to handle. I loved ours and wish we had been able to keep her.
yeah i had a welsh once, she would work, plow, ride, pull a cart or ground slide enough to wear me out an very very gentle ... my ducks are pekin .. chicks are rr's ... far as the goats go, dont really matter long as they'll clean up thickets hahahaa ...
Sorry about that. It was just one of those mornings and I couldn't resist. Glad Hubby doesn't use the computer, but I do keep it away from the couch. Hope you didn't have any damage during the storms and the New Year brings better things to all.
I wish I could break my garden up. I have my taters and onion sets standing by waiting for the moment. Should be a sunny week to give the ground a chance to drain. Looks like I might have to use the regular tiller. The tractor is too heavy for the garden right now.
How is the construction plans coming along for your sawmill ? We were wishing we had one. My son saw Somebody on Craigslist --i think--has several 2ft wide and wider cedars standing on their property and they just want someone to cut them down and take them away. They are suppose to be in Alabama. Thought you might be interested .
Loved reading this thread, and can't wait for more pictures of the little log cabin and possibly the construction of your sawmill freedom. How many acres are you on? Do you have electricity, or are
you using an alternative power source? (Or have plans for such, as perhaps the sawmill also generating electricity, etc?)
Cajun, still workin on the sawmill as i have time, an yes thoes cedars would be awsome to have ..
TrumpetFlowerz ... glad you enjoyed it, an ill post some pic's of the little log cabin in the next week or so if the weather will hold out long enough for me to get some more work done on it... i have 20 acres here, been totally off grid for 7 years now .. the sawmill ive designed myself, mostly for personal use but i do plan on cutting some lumber an beams for the public when needed ...
Time for spring planting, got most of my gardens planted, just like a few more things an ill be finished, then i get to work on the little log cabin while i wait for everything to come up, lol awww the joys of nature, even nature will give you a break now n then...
I just get a few berries everyday. Wish I had a bigger patch but I am glad for what I do have. I got 2 blueberry bushes half price at Wal-Mart. Didn't have a place fixed for them so I put them together in a big pot. They should do fine there until next spring. Lettuce is doing well. Peas and beans are blooming. I picked a pea yesterday. It was delish! I like to eat them off the bush. Afraid 1 or 2 of my maters may have blight. I got a replacement but I have to get a pot for it.
We are getting a lot of rain too. My garden is good because it is all in raised beds or containers so it stains well. Not much problem with weeds. But the fleas are driving me crazy!!!!!! I have sprayed and dusted until I am blue in the face but the rain keeps washing away my poison. Wish it would wash away the fleas!!!
We had flea problems this spring. The Sevin granules in the big red bag did get rid of them. We have a large dog and he is proof. This spring he was chewing away. Now when we go to wash him, no fleas. I think my hubby used a bit more per square foot than is recommended, but it did stop our flea problem. Hope this helps you Cajun :)
I bought a 50# bag of diatomaceous earth to sift around the house for fleas (and slugs that eat my plants). It's still in the bag a year later. My neighbor's hay field gets so tall before he cuts it and apparently it harbors ticks.
Some years I have huge flea infestations on my cat, who brings them inside where they multiply. This year, so far, has been mostly okay but August is always the worst.
Thanks for the info. I have been spraying soapy water every few days right around the house. Have killed them off the porch. High grass is still bad but I can't do the whole woods. Gave the dog a comfort is pill and bathe her every week. No fleas in the house, thank the good Lord.
I did some work on the possum pen. made him a nest in the peak of the roof and made a ladder for him to get to it. He is still not used to it yet but I put his feed in it every night. He sits in it to eat. I guess he will eventually move in. LOL
Got 3 roosters to kill. A guy from church brought them to me. Looking forward to them. Think I will just kill them one at a time.
Ate one of my roos. He was really tasty. Then the guy brought me two more so now I have four to eat. Busy trying to clean apples right now. Got tons of them from a friend. Going to try and make some Apple jelly.
I have dried a few. We are also making fried apples and onions and Apple slaw. I would love to make some cider if I had a press. There are tons of Apple's here abouts. Most people have trees and don't even bother to spray them.
Been wet here too. My garden is about finished. Eggplants are still thriving. Waiting for the last of the shell beans to get ready. Corn won't have time to fill out so I will feed it as fodder. Horses will enjoy it. Gave my last goat away. I will miss the milk, cheese and yogurt but not the hassle. It was time.
they all mixed up, lol but they lay brown large eggs .. maybe ill post a pic of em soon, if i can remember to take one .. but i think the hens are RR's .. an some kinda buff's... some with a few straggly feathers on their feet .. but i know my rooster is game .. lol
They sound like a fine flock. RIRs are great layers. A game clock is fine as long as he is the only one you have. Those rascals are gorgeous but they will kill one another. Nothing you can do to stop it except keep them separated. They are hard wired to fight and they are good at it. The hens make the best mommas. You could get a couple game hens to hatch and raise chicks. They lay white eggs so you could just let them hatch out the brown eggs. Then you wouldn't be getting any full stock games. It is a lot easier to let the hen do the hatching and raising.
Did you get any snow? We got our first snow today but thankfully it didn't stick here at the house. It rained during the night so it is wet and it sure is cold. Calling for 21 in the morning. Glad my animals are all in good quarters this year.
Did you ever find a pony? I am looking for another one. I still have Max and DH traded one of his show saddles for a new cart. The shafts are removable so we want to get a tongue and another pony to have a double hitch so we can both go carting. He has never been able to ride again since the amputation but he can ride in the cart. It is a really nice one. Easy entry with a padded seat thAt has a back on it. Heavy duty wheels that are self oiling. They run about $700 New and this one has only been used twice. It was sure a blessing to get it. Now to find a second pony.
For all you youtube'rs out there .. make sure you check out my new youtube channel, see some of my projects past an present, plus the building of the cabin which i live in now.. an the little ones im building also, Thistledome Outdoors is the name of my channel there .. feel free to rate share an subscribe ... an i hope everyone has a safe an happy Christmas an New Year coming up :)
Darius will truly live on forever - I just found her thread in which she posted the web addy for people to send me cards in the hospital after my hip replacement (years ago) at UVA. I do miss her but she is still here.
She was truly one of a kind. If she did not know an answer she knew where to find it. :) She opened my mind to so many different things and she was a very encouraging person. I have tried several new things because of her encouragement.