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Reconfiguring

Nov
5

This is Ross, painting the horse shelter that I had built in the fenceline here a while back.
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You can see a little better here what it was in original purpose.
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It had room for shelter on one side, with a hay feeder, and a small amount of hay storage on the other side.
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This worked fine for the horses in the winter, though getting square bales over there wasn’t fun.
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This summer, I had this field fenced in to make a new goat yard, but there was no shelter. On the other hand, I wasn’t intending to use this shelter and hay feeder for the horses this year. So!

Time to re-purpose!
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The former horse shelter/hay feeder was reconfigured into a goat house!
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The wall that made the divider between the hay storage and the shelter area was pushed back to enclose the entire space for a goat house. The wood from the former hay feeder was re-used to make a goat feeder against one wall. There’s even room for a round bale in there!

I love it when something can be re-purposed using the same materials!

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Scenes from A Retreat

Sep
15

This weekend was another two-day retreat at Sassafras Farm, with artist Kelly Walker on hand to give primitive art workshops. Attendees painted a primitive farm scene (with my barn in the picture!) on canvas and also painted a metal bucket. (I was SO amazed at the creativity that came out in the buckets!) I gave workshops that included corn cob jelly, burnt sugar cake, taper candlemaking, fall potpourri from the wild, along with demonstrating how to clip chicken wings and trim goat hooves. Attendees also had the opportunity to milk Glory Bee.

As usual, my camera fell by the wayside while I was busy giving workshops and preparing three meals a day, but here are some great shots from some of the people who were here. (Check out those awesome buckets!)

These photos come from attendee Jeri Starcher.
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Photos from our art teacher, Kelly Walker:
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Photos from attendee Brenda Goodall:
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More from Kelly Walker:
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The whole bunch:
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We had a great time! I was run off my feet all weekend and I loved every minute. We’re repeating this two-day Primitives & Pioneers retreat on October 11-12 (still a few openings). I’ve got a one-day Taste of Sassafras Farm retreat coming up on November 15 (nearly filled already) and another one-day retreat, Holiday in the Country, on December 6 (open for registration!).

See my Workshops page for all the info to sign up for upcoming retreats. We’d love to see you at the farm! Click here to see all my retreats and find out how to sign up.

Thank you, Kelly, and everyone who was here this weekend!

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    September 10, 2014 - One-Day Retreats Coming Up!

    Come learn at the farm!

    Saturday, November 8, 2014 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat!

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 – TASTE OF SASSAFRAS FARM Retreat!

    Saturday, December 6, 2014 – HOLIDAY IN THE COUNTRY Retreat!

    I’m offering my … Continued…

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    August 20, 2014 - Big Garden Project

    Out with the old, in with the new!

    The big flower gardens all around the front porch and to the side of the studio looked really nice when I got here. Roses and butterfly bushes and daffodils, irises, and so on. Lovely! The previous owners were members of a garden club and did garden tours.

    This is how the front gardens ended up after putting up … Continued…

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    August 11, 2014 - Party in the Studio

    Workshops are coming up in a few weeks and I’ve been getting things set up in the studio. Before a retreat, I do all the big shopping for food and supplies that I can do in advance. There’s always a last-minute farmers market run for fresh stuff. I get all my tools and equipment in order, and get things set up for the workshops that are part of the retreat that’s coming.

    Then … Continued…

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    August 7, 2014 - Busy Days on the Farm

    How many things can go on at once? That’s summer on the farm, busy, hectic, crazy. By the end of the month, color will start showing on the trees in the woods around the farm. Fall is on the way, and winter won’t be far behind. Everything that is a problem has to be fixed, and now.

    Like, say, this busted water faucet at the barn…. Continued…

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    July 31, 2014 - Really Big Hay Feeder

    I’m having a big new hay feeder built right by the barn! I’m excited about it because hauling square bales across the front barn yard in the winter is not a fun chore. As I’m approaching the three-year mark at this farm (wow, has it really been that long?), I’m still learning all the time what works for me. Initially, I kept the goats … Continued…

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    July 18, 2014 - Famous Baby

    Every once in a while, I’m offered a newly published book to review–often I turn this opportunity down because I’m terrible about getting around to it, but this book was impossible to resist. Famous Baby is a novel by Karen Rizzo. It’s a funny mother-daughter-grandmother story about the first famous mommy blogger and her 18-year-old daughter, who hated having every moment of her childhood shared with the world, and who “kidnaps” her ailing … Continued…

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