Spring time at Coon Hollow Farm

Spring time at Coon Hollow Farm
Our Olde English "Babydoll" Sheep and their lambs

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fencing extention complete!



Their new space

Very nervous sheep who don't like change!

An excited "Norman"

Today Tim and I finished our long awaited fencing extension project. We moved the excisting fencing, opened it up adding another 225 feet of fence around. The Alpacas came through the gate knowing something was amise. The sheep were quite trepidated with the change. They knew something was different but were not too sure what to do. At one point I thought "Norman" and "Royal's" eyes were going to pop out of their heads in excitement. I swear I saw them all smiling which makes me very happy to see them happy!

Coming through the gate...

Inspecting their new digs

Some happy animals...


Monday, October 17, 2011

New Fence and more room!

We have started to break ground on the new fencing project that we just have not had time to get to. The summer was so busy and now with fall upon us we are getting a little more time to get to projects. So yesterday Tim and I set out to get the area measured and work with what we had, a whole roll of 100x5 foot horse fence as well as 130 feet of what we already have. Our son, Timmy and his girlfriend, Jackie showed up to help us. It was Jackie and my turn to go in and get dinner going and give her a knitting lesson.

 The first phase of the project is complete installing the new fencing. This new fencing will open up to twice as much room as they have now. I was watching the Alpacas play last week and it made me sad because they would start to run and chase each other and then had to stop because the fence was in their way. We are utilizing the other acre of property we have and we are only using half of it at the moment.
So next weekend we will move the current fencing up and over on the hill and I can't wait to see their faces when they explore their new space!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hay!!!

This time of year brings the beautiful smell of second cut hay! You just can't beat it, the animals love it and eat every bit of it...
 Tim and I have had a standing appointment with our hay guy every Monday morning to go over and get a truck load full of it. The price is awesome too!
We have stacked and stacked all the way up to the ceiling of our smaller barn until we are now over flowing out under the over hang...
Just look at the texture of it, not one stick or stalk...It looks good to eat, no? Our hay guy will have more cutting in early November, so we will be off to get more...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Herbal Harvest and more...

Today, Tim and I set out to get a lot done around here, but it never goes as we plan. We started out with a phone call from a frantic woman who has a rooster and her neighbor is giving her a lot of trouble over it, I didn't know what I could do for her, but I listened and gave her some advice, so I hoped that helped her...
We then had breakfast and made a plan to work together to get stuff accomplished, you know teamwork but the hawks had other ideas. First I had a pair of Cooper Hawks come in to take a look at my chickens, then a pair of Red Shoulder hawks, come on guys! So I decided one of the things on my list was to get the rest of the harvest out of the gardens. I harvested many of my basil's that I grew in the greenhouse, Sweet, Cinnamon, Lemon, Lime Basil as well as this wonderful Pineapple Sage that "Zoe" our Yorkie is smelling in the picture. We were also blessed with an abundant crop of Jalapeno Peppers as well!
The best part of our day was when some old friends stopped by and we had fun talking of the old times. We laughed and remembered some funny stuff...now that's an abundant harvest, old friends and old times...