Fixed

I finally got spare time to fix a technical issue that was blocking my posts from posting properly.
This is also a test to ensure it has been fixed now.

Thank you for your patience.

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March Babies

Took my march babies to market today and sold all of them (except my keepers), looks like we’ll manage to keep the power on another month.

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Cleaning with Ketchup

Yes, you read that right. I am actually suggesting ketchup as a cleaning substance.

I know, I know. I was skeptical too, but who can argue with these results?

I inherited a bunch of second hand brass Edstrom valves that were old, tarnished, crusted with hard water minerals, and, frankly, pitch black in color. Great for the patina on a statue, not so great when you expect animals to lick it. I couldn’t even dismantle them to check the rubber gaskets due to the build up of crud. These valves are expensive to replace but I could not use them in the condition I received them in. Who knows what illnesses they might have concealed and these were sure to leak in their current shape.

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So, I did the only logical thing to do, I covered them in plain old household ketchup. Yup, you read that right. Apparently the combination of ingredients are perfect for cleaning certain metals (brass, copper, and in this case it worked on my stainless steel too). The alternative methods seemed wrought with chemicals, so there was no way I could use them for potable water. I figured the worst that could happen would be ketchup-scented water valves, which might actually encourage the rabbits to test the new system. So I dumped my valves into a small bowl, poured ketchup over the top and swirled everything around with a fork until nicely coated. I meant to leave it for only an hour, but forgot the experiment overnight.

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The following morning, after rinsing them off under the tap and then soaking in a bowl of water (to get the lil bits of ketchup still inside the crannies), I had my results which were far more impressive than I ever would have expected.

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The reddish areas are not stained with ketchup, that is the copper showing through the old brass finish. I’m really impressed and would absolutely do it again. It even did a fantastic job removing the copper oxide and calcium buildup on the stainless steel parts that I couldn’t budge with soap and water.

Hopefully this helps someone someday, like it helped me.

Photo Shoot

Right after my last post, my phone – which was also my camera – decided to fail catastrophically and could not be repaired. I finally got both replaced, though with separate entities this time so I wouldn’t be left quite so stranded in the future. So today was take a million photos day (shhh, I know it’s St. Patrick’s Day, but let’s pretend since I don’t drink)!

So expect a huge update to my website in the near future as I update all of my animal profiles and add pictures of everyone. Bear with me though, it may take a while as I attempt to get all my ducks in a row.

 

Wait for it… wait forrrr iiiit….

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Budumtish.

Happy Hogmanay and New Years!

Due to the nice weather lately, we have been going all out on clearing up all kinds of brush and trees around the property. There’s still a long way to go, but we had more than enough piled up to ring in the New Years with a bonfire and keep it going all night. Here’s to hoping we opened up enough sky to grow some pasture for the geese in the coming year.

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May the New Year be fruitful and prosperous for all!

Part Five–The Final Backdate

We have finally come full circle and with this post, are finally completely up to date on the going ons at Deer Heart Farm.

 

These last few days have been mostly spent clearing out small trees and brush to improve the fence line as well as exploring the small details of this beautiful new land.

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Before

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After

 

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I found this dead tree standing and carefully pulled it down safely so it does not injure someone or cause damage in the future.

 

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It was lousy with bull ants which came rushing out of the rotted bottom and roots (they are impossible to photograph sometimes).

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I discovered several patches of this ground lichen. I’m not sure what it’s called exactly but it’s the stuff used to make tiny model trees and bushes. Thankfully the dogs leave it completely alone whenever they see it as I’d like for this stuff to still be around years from now. They look like small grey-green rocks at a distance.

 

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I then found this little critter hanging out on a tree. Don’t worry, I wasn’t stupid enough to touch it. I believe this is the caterpillar of the Southern flannel moth, they are also known as puss caterpillars and they are venomous and sting like heck! If you see these in your garden, do not touch! I simply watched this one go about its business in peace for a while before moving on. Click here for more information on the puss caterpillar and its moth counterpart.

Part Four

Double post! Because I felt like it.

We continued our focus on the house. First, wiring in a new thermostat as we soon discovered in the sweltering heat that the old one was shot and not telling the A/C to turn on. Instructions were pretty straight forward after the man who insisted on not reading them finally got frustrated enough to leave. Funny how well it goes when you stop trying to just guess from looking at pictures.

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“R” means “Red” – “Are you sure?” “Yes” “Did you label these right?” “Yes, I followed the instructions.”

We wired it correctly for our system (but this picture may be from the process and therefor not the right wiring), he just kept skipping the page on programming the thermostat.

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Once that was done, we now had A/C for carpet and upholstery cleaning and eesh! Boy did it need it! After these pictures, I started using a strainer so it wouldn’t clog the bathtub with the nastiness this machine got up.

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Once the nice clean carpet was bone dry, I went to Ikea for the bed of my dreams (this is it just before I finished the second row of supports, I *love* these drawers). I’m also so glad to be rid of box springs for the first time in my life.

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Last but not least, the rabbits now had the beginnings of their own home!

There is just one last backlogged post after this one, after that – everything is all caught up to everyday on goings.