Friday, December 31, 2010

Very Happy Chickens

We've been talking about expanding the run for ages. Technically speaking, the enclosed run is big enough for our 8 girls. But... who doesn't like a little more space, right?

Our plan was to "some day" dig up the back fence and move it back to the alley which will give us a ton more space. Who knows when we'll get around to that big project though! Finally, in October, we decided to give them what space we had.

We had to move out piles of rocks, gravel, bark chips, wood, etc! But in the end, we had some very, very (very!) happy girls.

In the new year to come, may you all be as happy as chickens with a whole new run!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Basement pantry

In our first root cellar at the last house, we stored all our root vegetables as well as our canned things. In my last root cellar post I mentioned that this could sometimes be a little scary if things got very cold. We didn't want our canned things to freeze - and possibly expand and crack jars.

So this time Jeremy built the shelves for the canned things on the outside. We had a mess of canned goods in various places around the basement and it was a real pain finding anything.

The week after Thanksgiving Jeremy finished the shelving...

...and about half an hour after he was done I'd organized everything!

We've got the dehydrator, canners, car boys (for when we make booze some day), and lots of canned things: pickles, peaches, pickles, relishes, pickles, pears, applesauce, pickles, chutneys, beans, jellies, chutneys, jams, apple juice, chutneys & pickles! Somehow it doesn't looke like much, but those jars are all four or five deep. Behind the concrete pillar we have the apple juice, beans, and some mystery item I can't identify in the picture.

It felt very good to get everything out and organized and take stock of what we have.

Blogging... oh yeah...

It has come to my attention that my devoted fans (one of them at least) would really like it if I would post something again!

Okay, okay, I'm sorry. Things have been very, very busy for me (and I thought for sure I had posted something a few weeks ago...) but now that the holidays are over I should be back to regular posting again.

I have several now historical posts to share about things that happened months and months ago! But there isn't much else going on around here...except snow and more snow and planning for the coming year.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and I hope you're all ready for 2011!