With winter rolling in we've been looking at cooking more of our favorite comfort food around here. Unfortunately, with Diane's Gluten and wheat issues we've been forced to eliminate some of our favorites or modify them quite a bit. One of those is potato soup. We...
We keep getting asked why we chose to raise highland cows here vs all the other breeds out there. The simple answer is, Diane likes them. While serving in the US Air Force she spent a fair amount of time in Scotland and fell in love with the cows over there. They...
Fall is upon us. The leaves are starting to change and the temperatures at night are finally down into the 50s. This summer has been a hot one for us. With all the work that still needs to be done here on the farm the break in temperature has been a welcome change....read more
Last year we hatched a lot of Guineas the hard way. We were using a borrowed incubator and then moving the chicks in to some large plastic tubs with heat lamps and then moving them in to an old bath tub we had left over after the builders ruined it while trying to...read more
We finally have our first "water feature". Part of the plan for building our farm has always been to create habitats for more creatures than just cows and horses. High on my list has always been ponds and fish. After a lot of work on other areas of the property,...read more
Today we crossed a fairly major milestone building the house, we have the last of the trusses hung. It was an all hands on deck day with Frank and his crew, Dudley Ingram on the lift and even Diane and I helped out as much as we could. I'm sure that the guys felt the...read more
The building keeps right on going on. We are hoping to be dried in in just a few more weeks. Since the last post we've actually come a long way. The two videos below take us up to the roof being put on the house. If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to our...read more
I know it's been a long time since we last updated the blog, I blame Diane - it's her job. I'll leave her to go back and fill in all the details of what has happened since the last time she posted, I'm here to show off the new house construction we have going on here....read more
It's been a while since my last post. There has been a lot going on since then. We've had several visitors, cleared more brush, planted and tending a garden (still no water on property so this is more effort than you would think), fenced in a new pasture and...read more
On Halloween about twelve and a half years ago one of the greatest dogs ever entered our lives. Valyn was a cross between a Newfoundland and a Great Pyrenees and instantly took over a large part of our hearts and home. As a puppy he was the clumsiest dog in the...read more
With rolling hills, lots of rainfall, and several springs on the farm, it is natural to have drainage ditches for the water to flow. One main ditch is a boundary for a large chunk of our property. Unfortunately about a third of our property is on the other side of...read more
After we bought the house in Tennessee, we were able to bring the dogs with us when we traveled to check on the Farm. The yard wasn't fenced in so the first few times we came down, we got a couple of dog cables to hook them to. We had it set so the cables reached...read more
We bought the farm in November 2010 - 94 acres of raw dirt. Then we had to decide where we were going to stay when we came down to work on the farm. We really didn't want to stay at a hotel, we wanted something more permanent. Besides, the nearest hotel is...read more
Now that we have finally moved and settled in Tennessee, I'm writing a few catch up posts. We started building the barn (our contractor prefers that we call it a garage) in April, 2011. In all fairness, it is more than a barn. It does currently house a...read more