The Hobby Farm’s 2016 In Retrospect

the garden h ad to be planted

Good Morning!  Seems like I start a lot of my posts this way doesn’t it?  Actually there is a good reason for this.  I am an early riser.  Even on those days when Pauline doesn’t have to get up and go off too work I still wake up at between five and six, on most days.  It started out that way for me and over the years I have found for me, it works best .  The necessary activities are accomplished early on and should there be time and energy remaining for things we just want to do time is left for that as well.

Also A large part if my purpose here today is to thank everyone that reads  or has read this blog or that is reading it now of course.  I have been doing this only since Sept. of 2015 but seem to have developed somewhat of a following.  Not large maybe but seemingly consistent.  That is encouraging to me and I appreciate it as I find it enjoyable and sometimes helpful to do so.  It is benefits me on more than one level.  THANK YOU!!

Actually this posting was started several days before Christmas and the intentions were to create a pictorial history, if that is correct, of what we tried to accomplish here on the Hobby Farm that is not just a hobby.
Due probably in part to my lack of knowledge and skill in using the program provided here to publish and maybe in part due to limits and restriction of the program I could not create quite what I wanted so what I will do is continue on as I have been with the pics over the last year and hope it will turn out in a fashion you can understand and enjoy.

We started out our New Year of 2016 in the same manner I would bet most of us do.  Many of the things we had hoped to have accomplished by December 31st of 2015 were still incomplete, regardless of the setting of goals, writing down our objectives, trying to set aside finances for, or just plain hoping we would get it done.

the barn still needed a side addition to provide cover for the equipment and hay for the winter

the barn still needed a side addition to provide cover for the equipment and hay for the winter. We have had the metal roofing for about 5 years    but other things still need to be obtained.

barn poles to be cut dried and bark removed

We had and still have an abundance of standing cedar on the property. These were cut and dried and the bark removed for barn poles to help with the cost. It also helped with the ongoing clearing project

Barn addition is finished, finally, and we now have somewhere to put stuff and protect it.

Barn addition is finished, finally, and we now have somewhere to put some equipment and hay to keep it out of the weather.

The tractor was still down and had been in the shop for a year (grey market)

The tractor finally came home from the shop after 18 months of waiting. Is it right?  Not really but I am slowly making small repairs on my own and it is good just to have it back and working

finished the loading chute. Safer and easier for all concerned loading chute so when it came time to buy or sell animals it was a lot easier to load and unload them and lessen the danger to them and me

finished the loading chute. Safer and easier for all concerned loading so when it came time to buy or sell animals it was a lot easier to load and unload them and lessen the danger to them and me

stk trl #2

We bought a stock trailer so we can move our own livestock when necessary and not have to pay someone else or rent the trailer. Not commercially made but good and stout and meets our needs and wallet.

a rake was needed for the front of the tractor to make the clearing and clean-up on the land a lot easier.  I literally tor the bucket apart trying to make it do a job it was not designed for.  The solution?  We modified the box blade which is of heavier construction to mount on the front so we can push with it instead of drag.  Also allows a bigger load, more control and definitely better vision of what is going on with it.  Add to that we added a hay spear to it so we now have one piece of equipment with which we can do 3 jobs.

a rake was needed for the front of the tractor to make the clearing and clean-up on the land a lot easier

Here it is.  Kind of proud of the handy work.

The tractor? Finally got it back and the hydraulics work now. Also modified the box blade to do double duty and serves very nicely as a rake when needed

The kids refer to this as my        Mad Max look.

cheap and easy hog house

Then we bought two pigs. Knew winter was coming on and needed shelter for them and had this old bed topper laying around so we put it to work. Quick easy and inexpensive.

 

Yes I visited the Birthplace Of Womans Rights 2nd trip actually

Made the time and money available for a trip to upstate NY to visit one of our sons and visited the birthplace of woman’s right again. Lot of history there

corning-crystal-boat

Even got me off the road for a few hrs. to visit Corning Museum of Glass. very enjoyable even for me the non stop person

I even tried my hand at backing cookies turned out pretty good too

I even tried my hand at backing cookies turned out pretty good too

the garden h ad to be planted

The garden was small but gave us what we needed

A very nice crop was realized

A very nice crop was realized

bull

livestock all went into winter in good condition despite dry conditions and poor forage.

wrapped-up

And I managed to wait until farm life had began to slow down to do anything really foolish like bust my head open. I think the general hope was that just maybe something             worthwhile would leak in while it was open and not out.

snuff-family

Our Daughter and Family came up for New Year’s Weekend

grankids

These grandkids were here as well.

 

christmas-cookies

An abundance of home made delights were of course available as well.

And as you can see the atmosphere became more relaxed as the evening progressed

fri-eve

 

 

All-in-all a very good year!  We visited with and was visited by family and friends.  Had some great times and some of us probably managed to have too good of a time over the holidays but that is all part of life.  Did we accomplish all we set out to do or even finish all those that were carried over from last year?  NOOOOOOO!!!!!!  But we don’t have to worry about New Year’s resolutions or goals.  They are already there and waiting for us.

Each of these photos represent an event and time in our year and they are all told in more detail.  Feel free to look around and share it with us while you are here.  We would also like to know about yours.  Drop us a note.

 

Bob

 

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