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We still exist…and more!

Well, we moved to Longmont, CO. We rented a house in March and moved in very quickly.  We don’t miss the commute, but we do miss the family. Here’s some photos to start us off again.

We said goodbye to the chickens... for now.

And Max too (we obviously miss Sadie as well...).

This bird, is dead, which made the move more emotional (drama/shock value).

But we brought our gardening skills. Andrew is pictured here tilling what Longmontians like to call the South Field (of our yard).

Soon to come… EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS of our HOUSE!


That lucky old sun

We’re getting there.  Soon it will always be light when we go to work and light when we come home.

A couple of weekends back, we had an unlikely cloudy period with a spot of snow.

Katie's unlce Colin dropped by this crisp Saturday to use his welding skills to fix my busted compost bin. Don't look directly at the flames!

This one captures our closeness to the mountains. Always beautiful. Also, our portion of the house is the addition on the right with the bay windows.

Having bought the supplies one week ago, this Saturday I built a 10×3 raised bed, upside down.  I did it this way because the ground is pretty hard even when it’s not frozen, which is the case currently. In a month or two, I will plop this bugger in the ground.

This one makes the yard look big! See the chicken shed and covered garden in the back.

This weekend we received our special order of SunGro germination mix #3 and Katie began the first round of seeding (homey photos of seed trays to come).  JP and I also got to work expanding chicken penthouse’s interior.  Now it will accommodate more layers, which we are trying to buy mature as we have 11 (1 died) able bodied birds ready to peck the crap out of little ones.  Get outside. The winter will end soon. Even in Boulder, Colorado winter is too long for me.

– Andrew

Animal Holiday

Well, today Max (the dog) and I were resting when I decided I should post something on the ol’ blog.

Worth noting: In Boulder, people are called the "guardians" of animals, not the owners or masters.

Over Christmas, Katie and I visited Carrie and Cheryl’s farms while we were in Washington.

This is Bruester. He's the ram at Carrie's farm that wants all the ladies - sheep or goat.

And as it was a good day for mating, Gunther (middle) the pee-stained beard goat (so gross!) had them lining up.

It was a beautiful day. I remember last winter at this time I was feeding the sheep, goats, rabbits, turkeys, and chickens, digging ditches and building make-shift shelters for the animals in the pouring rain. I seriously miss this farm and the time with the animals.

It was also picturesque (and muddy) at Cheryl's farm.

Sometimes everybody needs a nap in the sun.

What we’re eating

Sorry for the lack of pictures in this post. We’re tired.

Winter makes for good meals.

Potato & celeriac soup

Squash soup

Roasted lamb with mustard/honey glaze and roasted potatoes

Roasted beets

Ciabatta with roasted tomatoes from the freezer

Hamburgers and beer from the Mountain Sun – we can’t get enough.

Dumplings – pan-fried, soy-dipping sauce, very satisfying

Stir-fry with winter squash, pork and cabbage

A post in pictures

A great weekend with the nephews in November

The brewing continues...

Erin' s gift of "Asian Dumplings" has been put to good use.

20 degrees outside. Hmm... We must really like beer. Hunter's a champ.

Digging holes and having relatives.

We’re just waiting out the snow. Its been in the single digits, teens and twenties for more than a week here, and snowing off and on.  Andrew dug nine holes for our spring project just before the temperature plummeted.  We hope to house 2-3 rounds of 10-15 meat birds (chickens for meat, not eggs) in the coming addition of Chickenopolis.

Digging holes might sound mundane, but really, it was quite triumphant! Chicken anyone?

And then, there’s our cute nephews we can’t wait to see again in a few weeks.

Phineas is getting BIG!

Owen recently wanted to leave his train set out to show me because I was coming really soon (6 weeks).

Sauerkraut and calzones

And yep, we made some sauerkraut and calzones.  And of course, I had to look up how to spell sauerkraut.

We used some of these free cabbages.

And beat the hell out of them in bowls while adding a bit of salt here and there.

It kind of hurts the fist at first, but a remarkable amount of water gets mashed out of those hard leaves.

And now they're hanging out in the garage with water weights on top.

Then, the calzones. Our friend Sarah made them with Katie.

And that’s it. That’s all we did. And we worked about a million hours to teach the children and feed the world.