Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Goat Canucks Goat!
You can buy a goat to help support a family in Africa for only $25 bucks! (plus you get an income tax reciept!)
"When disasters or conflicts occur, families are often forced to flee, leaving everything. Sometimes they live in camps for years. Once their land is safe again, CRWRC helps the family to return. Unfortunately, all too often the conflict or disaster that destroyed a family’s possessions also destroyed their livelihood. One of the most precious commodities can be livestock. Provide a goat to help a family resettle in their land; give them a head start in rebuilding their lives."
taken from The about us section on Goat Canucks Goat!
Our family is going to buy a goat and I hope you will too! It's for a good cause and plus it's a little fun too!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Some CHICKENS! The speckled one is "Purdy" a Cuckoo Maran, and the solid gray is "Pepper" a bantam Cochin mix. I think the ladies were surprised to see a little one in there.
These two were smacked together!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Photo courtesy of Evelynfields shop
I used my metal water bottle today and am happy to announce that my new to me fridge is now dispensing fresh filtered water from our well :) and Mark likes the water too, so no more bottled water! Yay!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We got the slab poured and the framing up for the lower walls. We used recycled plywood and purchased cement.
We wanted the lower walls to be made of rocks so we used rocks from the back yard, I cleaned every one by hand. Ugh...it took a long time!
Mark building up the wall, stacking one stone at a time. It took a few days to get all the stones in place, and we stayed up late into the evening when it had cooled off to get it done.
All of the stones are up, and the walls are being prepped with more forms to pour the walls.
Mark mixing the cement late one night. We mixed all the cement by hand, on the ground. It reminded me of making dough right on the counter!
Forms come off, revealing our fancy rock work. Mark and his Dad get things ready to put of the wall framing.
Up goes the framing for the walls and roof. The lumber was all scrap left over from other jobs. Mark and his Dad have a big bucket of random nails pulled out from old wood, so we used those.
On goes the metal roof and in goes the insulation, and vapor barrier. The metal roofing was salvaged from an old school, and the insulation was bits and pieces from old jobs as well. Most chicken coops don't have fancy insulation and a vapor barriers, but I figured the warmer I could keep them in the winter the better, that way I wouldn't need to use the heat lamp all the time!
The outside is done. The siding is from a used machinery pallet that we took apart. The inside walls are actually old salvaged chalk boards! We just coated them with an extra glossy white paint so they would be easy to clean.
The framework for the netting, all made with scrap metal poles.
Gate details made just for me!
We bought fishing net to make sure that the birds would be well protected from predators.
First birds move in!
We have had many residents in the coop, and I love having them in the backyard. We pretty much made this coop for around $200 (netting and concrete, and stain for the outside) Good thing Mark and his Dad keep everything!
Mark and his father are hoarders of anything that could be of some use...some day...and this stuff has come in handy to build our shop, my chicken coop, my goat shed, our home and the materials that are being saved right now are gong to build our new home. I plan on keeping track of these things as well as sharing with you things that I find interesting, tidbits of info that I come across that you can use to make your life a little more enjoyable.
I live what I call a mishmash life, I enjoy MANY different things. Knitting, weaving, jewellery making, sewing, crafting, music, singing (to myself in the car, but I dream that I am famous!), animal husbandry, gardening (even though my thumb is definitely not green!)
I live in the best of both worlds, in the country but a 10 minute drive to anything I want. I like to dress my family in GAP and Old Navy clothes, but only from the Thrift store :)
I LOVE craigslist and I look for everyhting on it! it's an obsession really!
I am happy to recycle, but I still buy bottled water. I drink it from single use bottles instead of my $30 stainless steel one :) I am working on this.
So there is my introduction, I hope you like what I have to say, but if you don't that's okay too!