I have been on an extended vacation (from my blog) however, things are busy on the farm in the summer months. We are blessed with many great things, one of which is a winter supply of hay for our horses. Our summer has been wet, (lots of rain) therefore, farmers hadn't been able to get out oln their fields to cut & bale. Finally, we received a four day pass, which allowed us to get out there, our hay is in, and we are so thankful.
Secondly, my garden provided us well this summer, lots of cukes, cherry tomatoes, chives, a few herbs, swiss chard, potatoes, etc. needless to say, I have canned pickles, tomato sauce, froze butternut squash, and still not completely done, salsa is next on the list. Anyone have any favorite salsa recipes for canning, I'd love to have some different ideas.
The chickens (all 24 of them) are nearly full grown now, should start laying any day now. We have combined the old with the new and all seems to be just swell, I hope to get some good pictures to share in the near future.
Another job I've been trying to tackle is that approximtely a month ago I had been house sitting a friends cat. Late one night I drove over to feed the kitty on my way I saw what I thought was our neighbors dog (chicken killer) so didn't pay much attention to it (all chickens go to bed around 7pm here on our farm) on my way home the dog was down the road, so, I stopped my car, rolled down the window, called to the puppy (maybe 9 months to a year old) and off she flew. A real "fight or flight" situation, this poor dog, we've discovered is a female she is so afraid; I have a bowl of food set out for her each morning and at night, "hoping" one day I can get her to trust me enough to allow some contact. She eats each day with her tail tucked between her legs looking around all the time to be sure nothing is around her. Just the sound of a persons voice sends her flying. Obviously, this was someones dog, she apparently has been dropped off, possibly, even abused by her previous owners since she is so afraid of people. We are concerned about her as it is getting cold nights, soon there will be snow, my heart goes out to her, wondering where she hunkers down out of the freezing rain and winds. I have tried to sit on a stump and just be still, but ,as soon as she discovers me she's off on a high speed ge away, with her tail tucked under her body. Anyone ever have to deal with this situation, have any suggestions?