Wednesday, December 17, 2014

There's a leek in the boat!

Went out to meet the son at the bus stop the other day and noticed there was a gigantic wet spot in the yard.

What is this? I wondered.

I approached it and, sure enough, there was a goodly amount of water. I tried to get a cell picture but you can't really see it.

So, just to make sure, I called the county. It's between the house and the meter, so it's on me. Boo.

The plumber came out this morning. Much fun was had at his expense as he got his boots and jeans all muddy trying to find the water line. The probe helped a bit, but trying to hit 3/4 Pvc pipe in muddy clay seems like it's actually kinda hard. But, find it he did. And he got it repaired. Wasn't as painful an expense as I was preparing for, so that was helpful.

Friday, December 12, 2014

more deer

Had deer come through again last night/this morning. First, at about 11:30 then this morning at about 5:30. I'm assuming they were heading back through toward wherever. I think there may even have been a goodly sized buck in the mix this time. It was hard to see because he was so far from the camera. But I have hopes that next year I'll know what I'm doing enough to warrant waking up before dawn and all that.

Aside: I really need to get my seeds planned out and ordered soon. I'm slacking on that this year.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Photo essay

I wanted to share a link to a photo essay that refuses to glamorize farming. It shows a chicken harvest from start to finish. And I love it.

Female farmer project

Deer

We had deer come through again on Tuesday night. Earlier than last time, but still full dark. That makes their cycle 4 days at this point.

What I think we'll do is start clearing out an area in the trees and plant some clover. As far as I remember, it's totally legal to hunt over a food plot. Not over bait, so no corn feeding during the season. But I know where to get some clover seeds pretty cheaply. Anyway, there are areas where the trees are fairly open so the clover should grow well enough with a good start.

I have time for all of this because it'll be September before I even think about trying to hunt deer. Before that point, I'll hunt them with my camera. I could use some good fawn pictures. And I'll be able to learn the individuals that tend to come through.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Duck

So, this is what I managed to get off a 4 pound grocery store duck. I am going to have to hunt through the freezer to find the biggest duck they have in order to feed 12 people from it.

The skin wasn't as crispy as I thought it was going to be at the end. It wasn't bad, though. I will need a sharper knife, though, in order to properly score the breast next time.

But, what I did was cleaned up the duck of extra skin and fat, placed it in a 13x9 pan on a rack, and cooked it at 300F for 3.5 hours, flipping and poking the skin once per hour. There was no seasoning on or in it in this test run. It came out pretty well, according to Ben.

Carving it was a pain. Only part I got off while was the drum sticks. The rest was just picked off in chunks.

And the house smelled heavily of hot rendered fat until I opened doors and ventilated it.

So, worth the effort and able to be served to company. Success!

Duck, roasted

Want to keep up with today's test run roast duck? Pop over to the Instagram account!

Monday, December 8, 2014

something lighter

And now, for something lighter, go to Modern Farmer's site to quietly watch the donkey cam.

His name is Waffle.