Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
This was the foundation of a silo that was built in about 1920 but burned down soon after. A silver maple sprouted inside the circular foundation and it grew to be humongous. We had to cut the tree down when we installed the solar PV system on the barn so it wouldn't shade the panels.
Then we got the crazy idea to transform the silo foundation into an aquaponics pond, a symbiotic fish and plant growing system.
We had fun meeting our neighbor, Marie, the owner of the farm with corn crib (this photo is the approach to her beautiful farm.) Marie is an artist! Unfortunately, she doesn't want to sell the corn crib. We'll keep looking...
Eventually, we will raise fish for food in this pond. We haven't decided for sure what species yet. Yellow perch? Catfish? Tilapia?
Stay tuned for further Adventures in Aquaponics. Hopefully the next chapter will include a corn crib!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Last night as Rog and I were working into the evening, he noticed a raccoon cross the road into the woods along our pasture. Oh great - we just got rid of one raccoon and now we will have another!
Then, when we were eating our supper (at 9:30 p.m.) out on the patio, the dogs started going bonkers barking at the barn. I had a hunch the raccoon had gotten into the barn. Rog walked over and opened the door and sure enough, the coon stared down at him from the hayloft.
It was too late to phone anyone, but I went to Facebook and saw that our friend and neighbor Betsy happened to be online so I sent her a message telling her the raccoon was in the barn and asking if we could borrow a shotgun. She responded " Don is on his way - you just made his whole day." Long story short, at 11 p.m. Don and Rog tracked the raccoon through the barn and shot him (and an innocent bystanding wool rug.) I feel sad about killing the raccoon, but it was either him or our chickens, We had just lost 4 hens and 15 chicks to a raccoon, possibly THIS raccoon.
raccoon hunting adventures were over.
After examining it, I am sure it is the same raccoon we trapped a couple weeks ago. I called Mark and he confirmed that the trapped raccoon had gotten away, so it was likely him.
Thanks, Don, for coming to our rescue so late at night! What kind of farmers don't own a shotgun? Perhaps Rog will get one for Father's Day.