Category Archives: Frazer Family Mini-Farm

A Second Lamb Guess!

Our purebred Finnsheep, Honeycomb, is due to lamb in about a week or so! We wanted to get some pictures of her, so Evelyn and I headed out to the barn.

Blackberry and Currant were easy to lead out.

Aren’t I cute?

The warm, sunny day made for a frisky lamb!

And of course, the cat had to come inspect.

Timid little Apple didn’t want to leave the barn even to get some corn.

But our subject for today was Honeycomb. With a little coaxing, she followed Evelyn out of the barn and was rewarded with some corn.

After a while, Honeycomb got curious and venture farther.

She certainly looks pregnant! How many lambs do you think she’ll have? And will they be ewe lambs or ram lambs? (Just a hint, Finnsheep normally have more than one lamb at a time, though not always.)

Hey, what about me!?

Lamb Update

Black Currant is growing quickly! Today we had to put in her ear tags (Quebec law for all livestock), but we thought we’d take some pictures of her first. Blackberry and Currant are so friendly they had no hesitation about following us out of the barn.

And of course the cat was around too… Snow is a new taste for Currant and the freezing rain yesterday made the driveway a field of broken ice. How does the cat always manage to get in the picture!

Since Currant is 4 weeks old today, we also wanted to weigh her. So we brought her and Blackberry up to the house.

This is a nice-looking house… Anybody home? And then it was time to return to the barn.

The cat decided to join in the race! And the winner is……but that wasn’t fair – Blackberry slid on the ice.

‘Till next time!

Lamb guess answer!

As it turns out, no one guessed right! Blackberry just lambed this morning with one black ewe lamb. And is she ever cute!

After observing for 1/2 an hour with nothing more progressing than seeing two little hooves, we stepped in to help. But all the help Blackberry needed was having the lamb’s legs straightened out and she managed the rest just fine. Mother and daughter seem to have bonded well.Now what should we call her?

The Christmas Season

The Christmas season is usually a busy one in the Frazer home. Though we had less concerts lined up than often, this year was no different on the busyness scale.

The first concert as well as a chalk art presentation was at the Wales Home on the 1st of December.

And, as always, we had our Christmas Eve concert at the Grace Village.

Christmas preparations crowded the kitchen. The oven worked overtime!

And in the middle of all the preparations, Josiah made his appearance. Of course everyone wanted to get acquainted!

As can be seen from the photos, Michael joined us for the Christmas season, much to my delight! He was able to meet my grandparents as well as join in the Christmas festivities.

Christmas Day is always a special family time of exchanging gifts, playing games, and reading books. At at the end of the day, we finish with our candlelight Christmas dinner during which we recite together the account of Christ’s birth as recorded in Luke 2.

All this time, of course, “normal life” continued… milking the cow, separating the cream, making butter and cheese, preparing meals, along with a few additional farm-related activities like rabbit butchering and stall cleaning.

milking the cow

separating

butter making

cleaning up after cheese making

making pancakes

the butchering team

packaging meat

packaging meat

Trying out the new pitchfork!

I hope all you blog readers had a wonderful Christmas, remembering why Christ came to earth!

Christmas bunnies!

Anyone looking for a cute, friendly Christmas gift for someone?

Rabbits make wonderful little pets: they are soft, cute, friendly, quiet, inexpensive, and don’t require a lot of care!

Evelyn and I did some product/pet photography this afternoon. Often photographing rabbits can be a real challenge, especially for Evelyn doing the posing.

But this time we actually got an amazing number of great photos.

Part of the reason for this was that Evelyn had an assistant to get the rabbits to sit up and put their ears forward. Somehow the cat always manages to get in there!

And now the rabbits are hoping to hop to new homes! Any buyers?

Hoof trimming

In the past few years, Elizabeth and I have been learning how to trim horses’ hooves.  I felt like I was starting to really get the hang of it, when a friend asked us to do a new horse that she had acquired.  Of course, I willingly said, yes, we would do it, but when we picked out the horse’s feet, we were in for a surprise.  I have done several corrective setup trims in the past, but I had never seen hoofs like these before.  The bars were so grossly overgrown, that the horse’s hoof was no longer being supported by the wall (which is how it should be), but the horse’s weight was being held up by its bars and putting a tremendous pressure on the sole.

I took an educated guess that all that bar was going to have to go, but having only a few times done a dramatic setup trim similar to this, I was a bit nervous to proceed without consulting a professional.  So Elizabeth sent an email to a friend of ours who is does lots of hooves, and she graciously offered to come by and help us out.  My gut feeling was indeed right and the horse seems to like his new “foot-do”.

As I was thinking over this situation, I thought about how we can have “over-grown hoofs” in our lives as well.  If we don’t take care of the little problems right away, they will get bigger and bigger until they are ginormous.   Then when God “trims” us it takes a lot of work to get us back to where we should be.

Growing Livestock

Since, when we began raising livestock, we were not allowed to have pigs on our property, I never thought we would have any. But the zoning laws changed last year, allowing a maximum of two. Still, I was surprised when we received a call from a good friend asking if we would like a free, lame pig and even more surprised when Daddy and Mommy said, “Sure, if someone wants to take care of it.” So, Bacon took up residence in the old sugar shack. And his leg has vastly improved to the point that he now comes running if he thinks you have food for him!

Two other new barn tenants arrived even more recently, but they were neither free, nor unexpected: Honeycomb and Apple – two purebred Finn ewe lambs. Though quite skittish and nervous at first, it didn’t take them long to get friendly and sociable. Appealing to the stomach goes a long way with animals!

Honeycomb

Apple

And Bounty is growing by leaps and bounds – quite literally. She has already succeeded in jumping her stall wall which is higher than her back! And the photography session last week was an active one!

It was hard to get her not moving!

Bounty!

So far, Hershey has always calved early. Since her calf was due today, this year it looked as though she might not. But late yesterday evening she had a surprise for us!

Unlike last year, the calving went very quickly – so quickly that we missed the whole thing! When I checked Hershey at 6:30, she looked normal: eating happily. When, at 8:30, I heard her bell ringing continuously, I went out to check and found Bounty already trying to get to her feet.

Yes, Bounty is a little heifer! With a birth weight of 61 lbs, she’s one our our largest calves. And she has energy to match! A straw bale “fence” is easy to jump even at only 12 hours old!

Aren’t I cute?

We chose the name Bounty (the name of a chocolate bar) to combine her parents’ names: Hershey and Profit Driven. And after losing two calves last year, we feel bountifully blessed to have such a lively, healthy calf this year. Praise the Lord!

Summer Garden

The gardening season here in Quebec tends to be short and intense. Right now it is the beans that are coming in!

Today it was 10kg (22lbs) of them! Picking took most of the morning. Then came the washing…

…which took most of the afternoon! And finally they made it into the freezer.

What a delicious garden-fresh-tasting meal they will make come winter! How grateful we are for the Lord’s faithfulness!

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22