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Garden Gate – Getting Started

This is an amazing photo I found online that I would like to use as an example for our garden fence.  I believe the photo is from a house in Canada.  I love the Victorian-style spindles, rustic farm tools, and … Continue reading

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Another Mud Grid from Lighthoof

The first Lighthoof Mud Management Grid turned out really well.  To read more about this installation read: Corral Mud Management Grid Panels At the end of August, farmhand Will Burke dug out the next area for a second 6×12 grid.  … Continue reading

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Bottling Cider & Wine Yeast

On Saturday, September 14, we bottled the cider, about 8 gallons. 5 gallons of Cider/Mead yeast with Hauer Pippin and Gravenstein apples.  3 gallons of Champagne yeast with Gravenstein and Golden Delicious apples. We lost about a gallon of the … Continue reading

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Hard Cider Update

Log of Activities: Monday, September 2: Made the Hard Apple Cider Wednesday, September 4: Added yeast nutrient (1 teaspoon per gallon) Saturday, September 7: Took gravity readings Champagne Yeast = 1.000, starting 1.050, 6.5% alcohol Cider/Mead Yeast = 1.002, starting … Continue reading

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Moving a Locust Log

Rich and Tarek using cant hooks to roll a locust log.

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Catio

Thinking of our indoor cats, I knew we needed a Catio for sun and fresh air over Love Creek.  The cats must remain indoors due to our mountain predators. But, I still wanted them to have a space they could … Continue reading

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Redwood Shoe Boxes

I needed a place for my shoes, why not custom shoe boxes?  Rich and I worked on the design measurements, and he milled the redwood.  I stained them redwood. Besides shoes, I also store my work gloves and baseball cap.  … Continue reading

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Making Hard Apple Cider

After many days of research, asking questions, and washing apples, Chris and I finally got to make the cider.  I rented an apple press and grinder from Mountain Feed and Farm.  It was in good shape and worked well.  One … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Apples

Today was an apple washing day.  I had asked the local brew shop, assistant manager about soaking the apples in bleach, and he looked at me like I was crazy.  My brother said I should have used a sterilizer to … Continue reading

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Apple Picking – Preparing for Hard Cider

We have so many apples!  It’s time to try something new and make hard apple cider.  I have an apple press and grinder reserved for Labor Day so spending the weekend picking our apples and washing them.  I look forward … Continue reading

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