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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


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!



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!


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

A new barn tenant

A newcomer arrived in the barn yesterday evening…

She is 8 months old and very friendly. She was worried at first about being separated from her original flock, but she’s adapting quickly and already seems to be making friends with Yoghurt in the next stall. Her wool is very dense and such a beautiful colour! We’re thrilled to have found a black sheep at last!

We’ve come up with a couple ideas for what to call her. Anyone else have a suggestion?

More Kittens!

Muffin just had her kittens yesterday. She is much more relaxed than last year – opting for delivering in the cow’s stall! We decided that the cats should move before the cow came back into the barn for the night. Muffin didn’t mind being relocated.

She had 4 kittens this time.
Kittens are cutest around 4 or 5 weeks old, so it will be a little while before we get some really cute photos. I think this one will be my favourite.

Rabbit Rescue!

We had 51 baby rabbits born a couple weeks ago. As usual, we lost a few. Three were dead by the time we found them. Two others died within a couple days of being born. A sixth one looked like it might not survive either…

It was a lot smaller than its siblings, but Stephen, the rabbit man, has learned tricks to give runts a boost. This kitten’s mother is rather aggressive, so Stephen took to giving the littlest bunny extra feedings from a tamer doe with more milk. One evening, however, when he came to check on it, he found it outside the kindling box, nearly dead from hypothermia. Stephen warmed it up under a heat lamp, but it didn’t have the strength to nurse. Stephen brought it inside and fed it cow’s cream from an eyedropper. We’ve tried this trick before with a 0% success rate, but the aspiring vet didn’t want to give up on the tiny creature. Amazingly, the kitten grew stronger and was soon able to drink from the does. Since its own mother didn’t seem to have enough milk for it, Stephen put it into a higher producing doe’s nest. (Rabbits don’t seem to be able to count.) That went well and the little bunny was just looking like it would probably survive when tragedy struck.

After checking on it early in the morning, Stephen was just putting it back into the nesting box when the adoptive mother reacted to this “intruder” and attacked. The side of the little kitten’s face was badly torn, but Stephen, from following vets around a few times, had seen a few veterinarian tricks including the use of crazy glue (probably actually a similar product). Yes, you read that correctly! After disinfecting the wounds, Stephen crazy glued the cuts closed. Of course this new turn of events greatly reduced the kitten’s chance of survival. But Stephen faithfully disinfected the wounds and put on antibiotic cream. For the tiny kitten, eating became very difficult. Its whiskers on one side were caught in the crazy glue so it couldn’t find the teats. And of course it was in pain, so it wasn’t inclined to try hard. But Stephen persisted in trying to get it to drink as often as possible – even milking one of his does once! We all expected infection to set in, but it never did. We also thought that with the injury being so close to its eye, the eye would be damaged and rendered non-functional. But a couple days later, it opened it’s eyes, obviously unharmed!

Now it is doing amazingly well. It still need a little additional care, but it certainly looks on the road to recovery. With the amount of fur rabbits have, the scars may not even be visible eventually. We’re just waiting for the hair to grow out so the crazy glue can come off. (That’s crazy glue, not scarring that you see in the picture.)

“Are not two sparrows sold for a fathering? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31