I must apologize for not updating sooner but it has been a busy week both on and off Two Moose Farm. I had the pleasure of showing a wonderful couple around the area as they search for the perfect place to build their Alaska dream. Ken and Tracy Baxter have now put an offer in on a beautiful piece of almost raw land to which they hope to fulfill their dreams of Homesteading Alaska.I wish I could find a beaver for the pond as Tracy is beaver crazy! She wants a beaver in her back yard.
I enjoyed the 2 days out and it is so refreshing to see others who see the beauty in all things Alaska. Tracy was so excited to see all of the eagles, moose and sandhill cranes she would squeal with delight at each one we passed it reminded me of myself when I first arrived. Finding joy in such simple things is truly a blessing.
Things are still moving along and its been a nice spring so far. The water levels are dropping and I keep praying it will continue to do so. I am behind as usual in my work but Alaska is pretty forgiving and I believe I can catch up. The greenhouses are looking more “green” every day but I still have to get the big house up and my cool crops planted out doors. The piggies have done a wonderful job of rototilling now to smooth it down and get them back to their own area. Soon we will be able to let them roam free again but not just yet as Charlotte is nearing her farrowing time.
Our last goat kidded a few days ago and little Doris is doing well except her momma keeps losing her. Bandit the momma gets so wrapped up in her browsing the green things that are springing up she wanders away as little Doris sleeps and then when its time to return home no Doris. Twice we have had to look for the little thing and let me tell you its no easy feat finding a baby goat on 80 acres of timber and tall grass. For the near future little Doris will be staying home while her momma goes out but she doesn’t seem to mind hanging out in the cabin.
The turkeys are refusing to be wild. I know that sounds odd but they have become annoying! I have discovered the true meaning of “peeping Tom”. They want to follow us around and if we go indoors the literally stretch out their necks to peek inside! The hens though I am not minding as they are delivering eggs…….Literally! They come to get attention and have begun laying in the doorway. I know one of these days we will forget and step on an egg but seriously is that not the coolest thing! Had to share this video with you of one of the hens who came waltzing into the cabin to beg. Definitely thinks she owns the place!
The kids are looking forward to Saturday as they will get to see their friends and Caleb will have another meeting with his shooting sports club. He has discovered a passion for skeet shooting and I am glad that he will have a hobby that will teach him the importance of gun safety, the ability to fend for himself if the need arises and the camaraderie of having others in his circle of friends who have much knowledge to share. Life is about constantly learning and books are wonderful instruments but life skills are just as important.
We did have a bit of sadness this week when Cami’s cat had kittens. Not sure if it was her or one of the other cats that killed all but 2 of them but we did try unsuccessfully to save them. It is never easy to lose an animal regardless of the type and am hoping that this is an isolated incident.
Finally finished planting the last raspberry patch today. The others are growing new leaves and the rhubarb is 6 inches tall already! Our strawberries are growing rapidly too so hoping for a nice crop of fruit this year and rhubarb next year.
Dear hubby had to take Papa Fred to the orthopedic surgeon yesterday and what an adventure they had. Papa cannot operate the wheeler so Caleb was his chauffeur. All was going well until one wheel hit a deep hole and papa slid off the back of the wheeler into the swamp.It was a soft moss landing so no injuries but he did say the water was quite cold. Poor Caleb was so heartbroken and worried but Papa assured him it was not is fault and all was well. Caleb is growing up to be such a handsome, loving and kind young man who I am very proud of.
Mothers Day was much like every other day for us. The guys had gone in to town overnight and it was just us girls. We did our normal chores, split wood for our fires and then began cleaning up the brush that was laying around in the yard. After 2 days the yard looks amazing and now I can begin planning the fence that I keep telling myself will keep the critters out-that’s never going to happen but a gal has to dream! It will be nice to have a yard though that we can enjoy instead of the mud we experienced last year.
Well folks its now after midnight and the sun has finally set. Once again God has painted a beautiful scene for me to enjoy and I want to share it with you. I hope wherever you are you are feeling as blessed as I am.