Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Saturday, April 10, 2010

"Farming" Chores Today!

Today was a day full of farmin' chores! Dan and I actually had a lot of fun working together. First, we cleared the future fence line for the goat pen, and part of the future new fence for the chicken yard as well. I still have a lot of brush to move from that job, but tomorrow is another day.

We then began cutting wire for building rabbit cages. We're building them of sturdy welded wire, 36" long x 30" deep x 22" high. It requires a LOT of cutting, and my hands are tired! The pieces are then bent, if they need it, and put together with J clips. Here's the first one all done! We have three more to finish before we bring home our first rabbits. We hope that by mid summer we will have two breeding pairs of New Zeland's.

Yesterday, I covered the area I have planned for my first raised bed (garden) with black plastic. I did this in an effort to kill all the grass and hopefully make it easier to break up the root systems. Dan arranged a trade (horse chores for cedar boards) with a neighbor, so I will have some nice cedar boards coming in about 2 weeks. I'm going to use them for the borders of the raised beds.

Before we moved from the cabin we lived in before we bought this property, I had two beautiful raised beds that Dan built and filled with compost that we made. They were wonderful to work with and very fertile. After 3 or 4 attempts to garden the more traditional way, by tilling up the yard, I'm hoping to recreate those raised beds of the past. They were so nice to work with, and so much less frustrating. I'm not one of those people who has a love of gardening for gardening's sake, so anything to make it easier and less work is welcome!

Molly, the quality control specialist, examines the first cage.

Said cage.

The wire, and cut pieces waiting for assembly.

The intrepid husband/wife team with the finished product. We're happy with our days work!


  1. Gosh, your rabbit cage came out really nice looking! It looks just like a purchased one. So talented, you two are!

  2. Thanks! Now that the first one is finished, I hope the rest of them go together a little faster. I think we've gained a little confidince.