We want more pics!
I know, I know… I hear it all the time. I don’t post near enough photos from around our homestead… Well, I’ve heard your cries and have decided to take a little detour from my usual writing today to bring you a special little photo tour of our homestead. Sound like a plan? 😉
Since we’ve had such a crazy green fall so far, (well, minus the blizzard that hit this weekend… But the snow is already melted!), I decided to sneak outside with my camera during nap time last week before I left on my trip so I could grab some shots from around the homestead. Usually everything is crispy-brown by now, so this year is a rare treat.
Let’s start off on the deck- this is my mint plant that went crazy this year… Of course, it’s pretty easy to grow mint, which is why we get along so good. (You’ll notice an absence of garden photos in this little tour. And that is simply because my garden was a complete and total mess this year… ;))
Our token Yucca plant. It’s the only one we have on our property–which is a good thing since they are kind of a pest when you are trying to grow grass for cattle. Hubby wants to pull it out, but I like it. I think it looks delightfully rustic– as long as it doesn’t have any Yucca friends who want to move in…
My trusty drying rack is a fixture around our homestead. I like that I can go out on the deck barefoot to hang the laundry. The downside is that it likes to blow over in the hurricane-force winds…
In case you ever wondered what chickens will do to a perfectly healthy flower bed, here is Exhibit A…
This is our surprise rooster who was supposed to be a hen… But he’s not. I’m calling him “Stew.” 😉
The most opinionated members of our homestead. Ok, well, hubby might say that’s me, but these two are at least a close second…
This is Powder. He’s a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix and is our firstborn– we got him one week after we were married. He wants to be a Cow Dog when he grows up.
And of course, this is Rue. Or “Woo-Woo” as Prairie Girl likes to call her. Naps are her most favorite thing. Ever.
I had to build a fortress to keep my strawberries alive this year… Darn chickens.
This is our main tractor. It’s a 1960-something Allis-Chalmers. We lived here for several years before we saved up enough money to get it… It sure beats digging post holes by hand.
I whitewashed our chicken coop earlier this fall. It looks perfectly old-fashioned, don’t ya think? And it really brightened up the inside.
I couldn’t resist adding a little bling to my chicken coop fence. Although the wind likes to knock it off during the winter months.
This was our main project this summer– hubby spend the majority of his summer vacation building it. It’s basically going to be an all-purpose type of shed for storing vehicles, tractors, etc. We don’t really have a garage, so this was a necessity with our brutal weather.
Our homestead was a pheasant farm before we purchased it, so it had a bazillion falling-down old bird pens in this spot. We FINALLY got the last pen torn down this summer and went to building a windbreak and winter pen for our cattle and horses. We’ll feed them their hay in here to help preserve our pasture during the muddy months.
My round pen– this was one of the first things we built after we purchased the property. We were able to reuse the logs from many of the tumble-down bird pens, so that saved us a lot of cash. It’s handy for working or riding young horses.
My little ribbon wall from my college equestrian team days. It feels like a lifetime ago. That was back when I ate ramen noodles on a weekly basis and wouldn’t have dreamed of milking a cow or making bread from scratch…
The supplement/equipment side of the tack room. This area is still a work in progress, but I’ll hopefully have it all set-up in the near future. We just expanded the tackroom this summer, so it’s nice to finally have some room to work.
So there ya have it- a few glimpses of the Prairie Homestead. Now you’ll have a better idea of what I’m referring to when I write about our property in my posts. It’s still a work-in-progress, but it’s come a long, long way from where it was when we purchased it.
And I pinky-promise to start being better about taking photos. Really. 😉