Sunday, August 24, 2008

New kid on the block!

The pumpkin is now around 375 pounds. :)

I went to an IAGARB shearing party near Columbus, OH yesterday to pick up this beautiful guy:

Meet Storm Warning Farm's El Nino II. He is a purebred German Angora buck who *might* carry chocolate! His sire, Samson's Danny Boy, produced chocolates. Now, what is even more interesting is, Samson's Donna is Danny Boy's littermate. Can you see the wheels turning in my mind, lol? I'd love to produce a purebred chocolate German Angora!!!

Also, Oscar, Danny Boy, and Donna all share the same sire. Now, suppose the chocolate gene came from him? I have totally changed my mind about a few things regarding my breeding program! I'm going to pursue chocolate with a vengence. :)

I also learned how to properly adjust the blades on my German Red Clippers. I'm going to test them out very soon. I also got to finally meet Nancy Ferron and Joyce Scallorn (Nino's breeder) as well as getting to talk with Susan Wiley again and I also met a nice lady who had traveled 10 1/2 hours just to get there. Her name escapes me at the moment, but I hope to run into her again sometime. All in all, a very worthwhile trip!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Still growing like crazy!

The pumpkin is still growing like crazy, it is now well over 300 pounds. The picture really doesn't do it justice, it's much more impressive a sight in person. Still, it's behind where it should be. I think the cool nights we've been having, in the 50's, are slowing it down. If it doesn't warm up soon, I am going to try using a blanket and hot water bottles at night. Where is global warming when you need it? Below are also pics of an Aunt Ruby's German Green (green when ripe and yummy!) tomato and a pic of a typical haul from my garden. Mostly green beans and tomatoes, with the occasional pepper.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Growing like crazy!

The pumpkin is now almost 100" around! It weighs over 200 pounds now, and is gaining 10 - 20 pounds a night. That's a twin sized fitted sheet lying wadded up next to it. I keep it covered to keep the skin soft and pliable, so it is less prone to splitting as it grows.

I've been blanching and freezing green beans and tomatoes by the gallon lately. I just wish I had a bigger yard.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to start moving bunnies around and tattooing and weaning them. Fortunately it's been cool in the mornings, so I'll be able to wear long sleeves and not get hot. Long sleeves are your friend when tattooing bunnies. :)

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Yes, that is the same pumpkin, 5 days later.

And here is one of my hundreds of green tomatoes. :)

I'll have four chestnut babies from Yeungling and Oscar weaned and ready to go in a couple of weeks. They range in color from wild grey to copper. I'll get pictures of them when I tattoo them. I'll also have a chestnut from Antje and Lear available. The rest of the babies are either spoken for, or hanging around for further evaluation.