The season of change is at the farm! It's obvious wherever you look that something is happening.
A few weeks ago, we had the old farm pond redone. It looks great. Of course we were thinking that the pond was only a few feet deep. Boy were we wrong! Once they got all the muck out of it, the pond was already about 12 feet deep. The crew deepened the pond a little bit more until they hit solid rock and also widened it and rounded out both ends more. We are so incredibly happy with their work. The rain is slowly filling it back up but I'm sure it will be spring before we see it full again.
Currently we are waiting on our new pole barn garage to built. The site work is complete and the barn has been delivered. We are just waiting on the building crew to come and put it up. I hope to see them within a week.
A lot of the rest of our projects are on hold until the pole barn is up. Once the barn is done, there's concrete to be poured, garage doors to put in, gravel to be hauled in for the drive around the barn, electric and water to be run. We will run a seperate meter to the barn and from there will branch out to the other agricultural barns. No more overhead wires!! Yeah!!
We also have fence lines that need to be moved and replaced around the house and yard. With adding the new barn, the fences and gates will be changing. We are replacing all the woven wire fencing in the backyard with no climb horse fencing. Our dogs seem to be able to get out of everything and we are hoping that the no climb fencing will help.
We are also hooking up city water to the house. So there are changes inside the house right now too that need to be done. There's a lot of old piping that needs to be replaced, electrical issues that need to be addressed, and more. Plus we are having an addition put on the house so that my dad can move in with us. Unfortunately with the addition of another bathroom, we have to get a new septic system... so the addition construction can't start until the new septic system is in.
All the animals are loving the cooler weather. I've hardly even seen the Randall's in the barn at all. They stay out all day and night. I had to bring them back up the field by the house because of the new calf being born. He's far too little to allow in the back acreage where the coyotes roam. I love being able to see the cows from the house all the time, but I also really want them out back so that the front pasture can grow as much as possible before winter. I think another week and the little calf will be ok to go in the big pasture. Worse case scenario, I can bring the cows up at night to the field on the other side of the house.
The sheep are doing great and growing like weeds all the sudden. It's time to seperate the ram lambs from the ewe lambs. I know they aren't going to be too happy about that, but it has to be done. I don't want anyone to get pregnant too young. Eleanor is starting to act more like a dog than a sheep. If you stop petting her, she paws at your leg. It's cute - but in the same respect, it's not a habit that I want her to get into.
Even though things are busy around the farm, if you would like to lend a hand in helping with any work going on, buy feed, or even just come for a tour - please let me know! I'm always happy to arrange a time with you!
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063