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Farm Photography: A Collage of Our Life on a Rural Georgia Farm Part 2

I wanted to share a few more picture collages of our rural life that we enjoy so much.

One of my favorite things to can in the pressure canner is vegetable soup. I make mine with tomatoes, corn, potatoes, okra, peas, butterbeans, onions, peppers, and a little bit of cabbage.

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This is Jack. He is a Mammoth Donkey.

He is a good watch donkey that helps keep coyotes and other wild critters away from the cows and goats. Plus he knows how to ham it up for the camera too!

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These are Coturnix/Cortunix (I see the spelling both ways on the internet) or Pharaoh Quail. They are easy to raise. Around 6 weeks of age the female start laying the pretty speckled eggs. We  set and hatch the eggs in the incubator. About 19 days later the baby quails will hatch.

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We usually plant Silver Queen corn. It is white sweet corn on a short stalk. This year we tried Silver King which is very similar to Silver Queen but has a bigger ear and a taller stalk. I think I will plant the Silver King again next year. It really produced well this year.

Silver Queen corn is in the pictures.

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In September it is time to "put up" the pears. We have 2 Kieffer pear trees and 1 Moonglow pear tree. The Moonglow is a soft pear that is good for eating right off the tree. The pears mature earlier than the Kieffer pears do.

My favorite way to preserve the Kieffer pears is to make pear sauce. You can use it just like apple sauce.

You can see how I make it here –> Chunky Pear Sauce with Orange Peel

I add orange juice and orange peel to mine. The citrus acid helps keep the pears from browning.

I also slice and canned the pears in light syrup water (regular sugar and water).

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We (my husband and I) put a new roof on the house a couple of years ago.

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The we recycled the old metal roofing and used it on the chicken house we were building. The wood came from trees off the farm. My husband sawed the lumber on the sawmill.

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This is BadBoy Rooster. Or was Bad Boy Rooster. He was a Golden Polish Rooster and he loved to chase me around the farm. He also like to attack the other chickens and that was why he was not in the chicken house with them.

FarmMan traded BadBoy Rooster for a very nice wicker rocking chair. It is much nicer to rock than run!

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Some of the free sky shows over the farm.

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Random barn pictures. The rooster is a Light Brahma chicken.

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I found a pattern at a thrift shop for 25 cents last year and put it to good use. I made the grandchildren rabbits for Christmas. I was worried they may not like the rabbits with all the high tech. gadgets out now. But you know what? The rabbits were the kids favorite thing! They still sleep with their rabbits now.

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This is just a small part of our life on a rural farm in Georgia. I hope you enjoyed it. You can see more here on my personal blog –> Life on a Southern Farm.

Have a great day!

pam_6
7/9/2010 6:15:40 AM

Hi Dave, I used the Picnik photo editing to create the collages. http://www.picnik.com/ That was a lot of weeds! We've had more rain than normal this spring/summer but the 100+ degrees days dry up everything fast. We have June bugs here too. Is yours the ones like kids use to(maybe still do) tie strings to the legs and let fly around and around?? I didn't know they started as grubs though. That is interesting! Nothing like fresh off the vine tomatoes! Have a great day. Pam


pam_6
7/9/2010 6:00:50 AM

Thanks Cindy. Baby, Mom, and Dad are doing great! Thank-you for taking time to find and print the recipe. It sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it. I wonder if I could add the pear sauce instead of the shredded pears? I may try it now with the pear sauce and in a couple of months I should have fresh pears to use. Your daughter sure sounds like my kind of spunky gal! She should go "places"! Thanks again, Pam


nebraska dave
7/8/2010 8:21:57 PM

@Pam, I do like your collage pictures. Do you have a special program to do that? It’s always a treat to see your pictures of your place. I’m afraid that I let mine get out of hand because of the rainy weather we still are getting. Today the sun shone and I weeded. How high were the weeds? They were 4 foot high and risen. One section of the back yard had grass so tall I had to get the hedge trimmer to cut it down. No kidding. Four and a half yard bags of grass and three bags of weeds came out of the back yard. I still need to run the fence line and cut down those pesky Mulberry tree sprouts before they become trees. It’s been a real struggle this year to keep ahead of the wild growth of the wrong kind. I think I wrangled it into the dirt …. aaaah mud for awhile. I am hoping to get the rest cleaned up tomorrow and be able to sit on the poor man’s patio and enjoy the view. Hey I heard the first June bug a couple days ago. A June bug starts life as a grub in the ground and becomes a flying short fat bug. It has a unique wavering buzz like sound and when the first is heard announces that fall is only six weeks away. My goodness, where did the year go? Only yesterday we were planting the garden and wondering when it would warm up enough to get those annuals planted. I should be picking my first tomato in a couple weeks. Yipeee!!


cindy murphy
7/8/2010 8:08:41 PM

Congratulations, Pam! How exciting! Hope your granddaughter and her mother are doing well. Oh, and I'm sure my daughter's attitude rivals Badboy's! Here's the pear bread recipe; I'm glad you asked. It forced me to search for it. I'd misplaced the recipe since the last time I used it, have a function to attend next weekend, and someone requested I bring pear bread. I'm sure I would have waited until the last minute, then run around in a panic, trying to come up with something else to bring. Enjoy. Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 2 cups white sugar 2 cups peeled shredded pears 1 cup chopped pecans (the kids don't like nuts so I leave them out) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of the bowl. 2. In separate bowl, combine oil, eggs, sugar, grated pears, pecans, and vanilla. Blend well. Add to well of dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8x5x3 inch loaf pans. 3. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for one hour and 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack before removing from pans.


pam_6
7/8/2010 8:26:17 AM

Cindy, I bet your daughter is cute with her scene hair and strut! BadBoy Rooster was cute but he sure had an attitude! I would love your recipe for pear bread. It sounds delicious. I use the pear sauce in cake recipes instead of oil and it maked the cakes really moist. Summer is going good. New grand daughter this week! It is very hot and dry here right now. Over 100 again today. Hope your summer is going well too! Have a great day. Pam


cindy murphy
7/7/2010 6:44:37 PM

Thanks for sharing more lovely photos of your Georgia farm life, Pam. The basket of tiny pharaoh quail eggs is so beautiful, and BadBoy Rooster has quite the doo; my teenage daughter would call it "Scene Hair"...her own head is quite the match to BadBoy's. (She's got the strut to make a cocky rooster's too.) Lookit all those pears! Yum! I love pears, and have quite a good recipe for pear bread...which is really more of a cake than bread. Think banana bread or zuchinni bread, but fresher tasting. That's really the only way I can describe it - it tastes fresh. It's really the only thing I bake with any consistancy. Very easy, and really delicious. I can pass it along if you like. Hope you're enjoying the summer. We've had quite a bit of a hot, dry spell here, after a string of severe storms. It seems it's either feast or famine here this year as far as the weather goes. Take care. Cindy