Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Scoops in the Coop!

Three years ago I purchased the chicken coop and it quickly became my pride and joy on the homestead.  I love the red metal roof and the sound of the rain as it hits it.  Its like its own little house in the garden area.

When I purchased the greenhouse in June, I just so happened to notice a few new features that Mr. Troyer, the Amish man I have been buying my barns from, had added to the chicken coop design.

The first was this very nice 8x8 enclosed pen................ much nicer than the ghetto chicken wire set up I put up.  It has a nice walk in door and it looks so much nicer!  Of course, I ordered my self......I  mean I ordered one for the girls!

The next addition was a new wall inside the coop.
Before when I walked into the chicken coop the chickens were right there but now when I walk into the coop there is a wall too divide their space and my space....... the girls now have a nice 4 hole nesting box that I can just open up and gather the eggs! I can keep all of their feed right in the coop now and I don't have to worry about escapees when I open the door! 
Good grief,  I have invested a good amount of money in this chicken coop but its just so fun to have on the farm.

Of course, the girls think they are well worth the money which I wouldn't argue if they layed eggs all year round instead of cutting me off in December!!

On a side note these beautiful sunflowers opened up the other day in the garden; a nice addition to the welcoming of August and hopefully some cool weather!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Of Houses in Early America......

So I survived an intellectual week at Yale University, bought an official Yale sweatshirt, and am filled with admiration for those living in Early Colonial America.  My 8.5 hour drive home from the Berkshires of Massachusetts on Friday night was filled with hundreds of memories and ideas to do on my own little farm.  However, I would like to share some great places that I got to see as part of my Yale experience.

The close of the seminar was spent at the Professor's house in the Berkshires.  It is a Colonial home dating back to 1787.

To say the house is amazing is an understatement!  He and his wife are antique collectors and the inside of the home is to step back in time to Colonial was by far better than some museums I have been to.  I took many pictures of the inside but did not ask permission to publish them so I will respect his privacy.

Over dinner that evening the Professor asked me lots of questions on raising livestock as he wants to buy a couple of alpacas.  I firmly insisted that this beautiful view would look much better with some heritage breed sheep;)

One of our fieldtrips was to New London, Connecticut to visit the Hempstead House.  It was built in 1678 and is the oldest surviving house in New London.  While touring the house one could hear the blasting of urban rap music as it is on the corner of a busy intersection in a not so great area of New London.  Gotta love that atmosphere!

The house was filled with many clues of the importance of spinning and fiber in the late 1600's and early 1700's.

One day I would love to have one of these spinning wheels in my home...........

.......and though I am not a weaver, the loom was just a fascinating piece to see and is still used for demonstration in the home.

And wouldn't one love to have a fireplace like this in one's house?

So, do you know what this interesting loom is?  The Professor even had one in his house!
Do you see the orbs in the picture?  Bet there were ghosts among us at the house! 

Sigh........ I know it seems like such a simpler time, but it was truly a hard time for many.  Its a fascinating time period to study and emerge one's self in.  Glad I had the opportunity to partake in it for a week!