Around Stay Awhile Farm

I have so many photos that haven’t made their way onto the blog. These photos are just us living life together learning and growing on our little mini-farm. I still am amazed and so very thankful we get to live here!

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The Prez and three of the boys headed out on a dove hunt. Li’l Bro has a BB gun in tow, while Larry and Mo have their 20-gauge shotguns.

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The hunt didn’t yield any birds, but it yielded a successful day of practicing safe gun handling and enjoying the nature surrounding us.

The ladies (our hens) like to graze in the yard as does Mr. Squawks, however they need to stay out of our garden.

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A recent skeet shoot-out from the top of our property, in which Momma came in second to Mo, who is 11 years old. As for the Prez … ahem … he missed all but one of his skeets. Momma … well I shot all of mine down but one. 😀

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Did I mention the Prez and I have always been a bit competitive with one another? Goes all the way back to our days together in high school. It is friendly competition, and hey, it keeps things lively after eighteen {mostly} blissful years of marriage.

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Look at this incredible sunset! God painted a beautiful sky on this evening.

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Li’l Bro wears his overalls well! He is still too cute, though he says he is “not cute” anymore because he is a big boy!

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Sweet potato plants have beautiful flowers! They are almost ready to harvest.
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OK, not at our little farm but on a road very close by early one Thursday morning on our way to tutorial. Beautiful isn’t it?

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The man who cuts hay on our bottom field finally came by, and the children begged to walk down there and play.

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They had so much fun on the round hay bales. There are about 10 or so in our field.

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I know some of these photos don’t appear to contain intelligent children or parents, but the Prez assured me it was OK “as long as no one is standing there when they are rolling it.” OK-dokey.

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My “real” camera had a dead battery, so most of these were taken with my cell phone camera. The sky was so BLUE that it looked like a painting.

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*Please note that the littlest one was NOT in the mood for photos, so she cried at this point. A very FAKE cry complete with head down and pouty lips. I think I might enlarge it and frame it, but that might embarrass her in a few years. Have I mentioned she is quite pouty these days and the drama … yes, the terrible three-and-a-halves are upon us I’m afraid.

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The Prez saw this idea at a nearby home on a country road near us. It makes a nice bench actually, especially for those with shorter legs. 🙂

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*The tree stump was here when we bought the place, and Mo said it appeared to be about 40 years old when it died or was cut down.

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Our ladies are slacking in the egg laying department! Honestly, this is normal and we haven’t given them any artificial light, so as the days grow shorter the egg basket is going to be slimmer.

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Eventually, we’ll have to get a power source up there so we can put in their heat lamps. Yes, they are spoiled but if we don’t, some of them could freeze this winter. And we can’t have that!

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In a recent post I mentioned something coming up … OUR CORN!!!

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We harvested 100+ ears today.

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Have you ever seen corn smut, which is a fungus that grows on corn? Yeah me either until today. Apparently, it is a delicacy in Mexico and has been eaten there since the Aztecs lived there.

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It was all a family affair.

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After shucking and removing silks, we cut the corn off the cobs and made seven gallon freezer bags for cooking later. We also froze one bag of corn on the cob, but we want to see how this works out before freezing more.

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For lunch after all of our hard work shucking, we had sweet corn heated in the husks.

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And for dinner, we had corn simmered in a pan with some olive oil and salt and pepper. YUMMY! We plan to plant a LOT more corn next year as we would love to fill our freezer FULL so that we never have to buy it before the next year’s crop.

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We also dug up quite a few sweet potatoes. We can’t wait until next year when we’ll be able to plant all three garden plots we have. We have plans for possibly another spot as well.

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We are also thinking of planting some fall vegetables, though it may be a bit late even for that. After last year’s corn burnt up in the drought and we thought we wouldn’t have any this year because of our move and not getting it out this spring, we are all enjoying fresh corn on the cob for dinner several nights a week.

We are also looking forward to fresh corn this winter from our freezer stocked with it ready for cooking. Hoping for a few more ears before the crop is finished, and SO VERY THANKFUL for this corn after the drought last year which resulted in NO corn for our freezers last year.

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Hope your late summer days have been full and blessed!

4 thoughts on “Around Stay Awhile Farm

  1. Leslie
    love all the pics, than;ks for a mega update:)
    Did you know you need to blanche corn before freezing it?
    It sure was a successful first year on the farm, with all your produce, and all the fun you have all had=and chickens will survive the winter without heat lamps, if ours do in Wis, yours will down south:) but lamps will help them lay more eggs with the added light!
    happy fall
    Chris

    • Chris, yes! It has been a great summer here and yes on the corn. 🙂 As for the chickens and the cold, I know they would survive but we need the eggs! I am already having to turn away paying customers. 😦 They had really become profitable, so I hope we can get the egg production back up. We shall see. They are laying half as many as they were this summer and it isn’t even cold yet!
      Happy Fall to Y’all too! 🙂

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