Sunnybrook Farm shows daily activities of living in rural Virginia.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The big sleepover went well, lots of giggling and they slept down stairs in sleeping bags and I got to get some sleep. On Saturday they came along the trail while I was out getting firewood and I got a photo as they crossed the creek.
They got the modular home assembled and now they can work inside. Hard to believe that one can put a house up in a day.
My big project on Friday was to work on the bushel of apples that I bought so I used the peeler to spiral cut and core them. I have a pot of hot sugar water and would fill the jar with apple and pack it as tight as I could get it, then put the liquid in. I also added some spices and a spoon of vinegar to up the acid.
Ended up with a dozen quarts which were water bath processed using mostly Tattler lids.
We still have a few apples left just to eat so it worked out about right as we should finish them before they go bad. The calves and Dusty split the peels and cores which made them happy.
It was 19 F degrees this morning and the wind was blowing. The calves were up on the hill in a protected area where the first sun hit them. I gave them extra corn and Dusty got some hay in his field this morning for some extra calories.
I worked outside a little while but just did what I needed to do before going inside. It took until noon to get the house up to 68 F and had to keep the furnace loaded up with wood and the fan on constant to do it. When the wind blows, it really cools a farm house down no matter what you do, no stale air in our house.