Today is May 1 -- happy May Day!
As I mentioned last week, I'm starting a new end-of-week tradition called Friday Roundup, in which we chip in all the preparedness-related things we did during the week. As spring gains momentum, outside work will take precedence.
So without further ado, here's what our week entailed:
• Between working on tankard orders, Don totally removed a trashed gate and fence section into our pasture...
...and replaced it with a stout gate and new (salvaged) fencing.
• On Monday we butchered three animals. The meat should be back in about two weeks.
• On Tuesday I began milking Polly again (twice a day) since we butchered her yearling steer Chuck. She was a little rough in the milking stall at first -- it's been a long time since I've milked her -- but she soon settled in. Her teats were sore and chapped from Chuck's sharp teeth, so I'm putting bag balm on her teats after every milking, which she seems to like. She's giving about 1.5 gallons a day, which is quite decent considering how late in her lactation cycle she is.
• Canned 18 pints of pintos beans.
• Hauled about 40 lbs. of miscellaneous bacon ends which had collected in the freezer. I defrosted them, and over two days cut and fried them down, then rebagged and froze the cooked bacon bits.
• We received a shipment of 24 new blueberry bushes from a nursery. We'll be preparing new beds for them this weekend.
• We drilled holes and inserted poles to enclose about a half-acre adjacent to the garden (which includes the pond). This will be used to plant an orchard and expand the garden a bit more. The poles aren't concreted in yet; we'll get to that over the next week.
What's everyone else's Friday roundup?