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Day 63: Rainy Days

Day 7 of Mid Autumn We invited the pastor out to breakfast this morning, and anyone he wanted to bring along. My wife made some phone calls and realized that we would need to start cooking early. It was a simple fair. Scrambled eggs with homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, some bacon on the side with some fresh melons from our magic greenhouse. Orange juice, coffee, and fresh milk. The prayer meeting went well. I was pushed out of the house after everyone left and we started cleaning, I wa

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Day 62: Going Green

Day 6 of Mid Autumn I expected the rain to be part of my morning but when I finished getting ready and went outside it was still dry. I decided to get the plowing finished so I wouldn’t be working in the rain so after my morning stroll I grabbed the Massey and brought it out the new grass field. Something I can’t get used to is when the sun isn’t shining here, it’s really dark. It has nothing to do with my old eyes. The plowing went well, almost twice as fast on my Massey but the end r

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FK - Churn Farms 2017 - Day 42 - Picking up Potatoes

Aug 4 - 12 Well yesterday was rather interesting in using that Russian potato digger.  Slow work for sure but it beats using a plow and cutting half the potatoes up while extracting them from the ground.  Then having to sort the potatoes out of the clumps of dirt.  I vow NEVER AGAIN! Instead we have another wonder of Russian technology in a potato belt to pick them up off the ground and dump them into the awaiting tipper.  You got to hand it to the Russians they do seem to have wonderf

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Final thoughts on 24 day seasons

I greatly enjoy playing the game with 24 day seasons.  As I believe I have mentioned before, I like simulation games, but strategy games are more of a passion for me.  By playing with 24 day seasons the game truly becomes a combination of both gaming styles.  I doubt that every map would work well with this long of a season but at least the season length can be tailored to the map that is being used.  The map has to have enough to do to keep you busy.  Playing at 15x speed was also helpful.  Tha

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Day 61: Going Green

Day 5 of Mid Autumn I woke up before my wife this morning so I decided to fix breakfast. Standard fare for breakfast when I cook is tacos. I’m fortunate that a neighbor taught us to make tortillas years ago because they don’t carry them around here. I made three tortillas, browned a little breakfast sausage, fried three pieces of bacon and scrambled two eggs. I didn’t take the time to cook a potato and chorizo isn’t available. I made coffee and we finished breakfast about the same time it s

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Day 60: Power Scooper

Day 4 of Mid Autumn I talked my wife into joining me on my morning walk, she decided to leave me about five minutes after we started. I typically walk south past the pigs and the greenhouses then at my grass field I follow the dirt path to the east toward the sheep/chickens/boy’s house where the little forest is and double back west of my path to the house and head to see the girls. My wife started to run once we passed the greenhouses. I wasn’t going to chase her. I could have, of course,

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Day 59: Tree Whisperer

Day 3 of Mid Autumn When I returned from my morning walk-about, nope… wrong country. My brisk walk… the boy was waiting for me. I knew I needed to spend a day in the forest, I just didn’t know it would be this day. Off we went. I was getting pretty good at dropping trees and chipping them so I was ready to show the boy how it was done. The first tree fell the opposite way than I intended (nothing a little extra wire and a come-a-long can’t fix), I had to use the winch tree pusher attac

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FK - Churn Farms 2017 - Day 41 - Potato harvest

Aug 1-3 Oh thank god!  Its the first of Aug and late summer is upon us.  In checking the fields it appears our potatoes are ready to come out of the ground.  I jumped for joy so much I think the cows thought I had got a hold of some of their silage.  I know their eyes seem to glaze over after eating a bunch of that stuff. Anyway we put our logging materials away for another day and head off to the shop to pickup some new purchases.  I have been in touch with some farmers over at anothe

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Late winter - Hot chocolate and margaritas

I took my modest logging kit out into the snowy woods on day 17 and 18.  I was was not very motivated to cut trees and I spent most of my time snow-shoeing through the woods exploring the back areas of the map.  I think I cut four trees in two days.  I headed home early on both days and warmed up with some nice hot chocolate by the fire.  I planned to care for the animals and greenhouses on day 19 and then head to the Islands for a little down time on the beach sipping margaritas. A funny t

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Day 58: Potato Farmer

Day 2 of Mid Autumn I hear voices. Either that or I’m dreaming I’m hearing voices. Nope, voices. I woke up this morning to the sound of people talking in the kitchen. It sounded friendly so I took the time to get dressed before I went to see who was in my house so very early in the morning. The boy and not his sister. They were having breakfast and a laugh it seemed. When I walked in the kitchen the first words were not good morning. Instead, they said something about a jogging uniform and

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Day 57: Monday Deals

Day 1 of Mid Autumn I woke up this morning, I guess that’s a good thing, and also obvious. I decided to make some deals. My first deal was with myself. I’ve decided to make the morning rounds with my running shoes on. I will not be running, unless chased, but I will jog a bit and walk briskly. The pigs are close, I have my old Massey by the girls and I really don’t need to check on the sheep and chickens because the boy takes care of them. Not that I won’t stroll by. I spend a lot of time s

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FK - Churn Farms 2017 - Day 36 - Milk Run

July 7-10 The mid summer stretch is worse than the 7th inning stretch in baseball.   We cant put any more seed in the ground at this point, well we could plant trees or poplars but we do not have a field to do so.  We sit on the porch watching the grass grow or wishing it to grow faster more like it.   So, knowing what they say about idle minds and hands we venture off to the woods yet again to stay busy and earn some money back from buying all those heffers.   After dinner we head ove

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Day 56: A Little Canola

Day 8 of Early Autumn Woke up to a foggy morning. I took care of the animals, really just checked on them because I knew I would be doing a full feed, clean and water today… along with the greenhouses. I didn’t have any one big job today, just a bunch of little ones. Off to church. My wife told me we should not go this morning because we had so much to do. I would have none of that, I’m going to make sure we are there, it’s my job as spiritual leader of my household after all. Nobody w

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Mid winter - January thaw

Early winter ended with two days of falling snow.  I spent a lot of time plowing all of the areas I thought I might go because I did not want to fall too far behind on plowing early in the season.  I should have looked a little closer to the forecast.  By day 10 all of the snow had melted except for the piles I had made all over the place.  I had four clear and cold days in a row and spent the time selling off most of my silage.  I carted off hundreds of bales at roughly $1085 each and I emptied

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Day 55: Prize Pigs

Day 7 of Early Autumn It was storming when I woke up this morning. I didn’t even get out of the house until after eight o’clock, the rain was still coming down but it had slowed quite a bit. I checked on the girls, they were doing ok, though I do expect a call from the Milk Shack at any moment. I drove by the chickens and the sheep, they were fine, but then they have a keeper that seems to be able to do it all. The pigs, however, were disappointing. I really wanted to feed them out of my si

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FK - Churn Farms 2017 - Day 34 - Dairy farming

July 4 - 6 Back in the states all of the family and friends are busy enjoying their 4th of July holiday and we have our own sort of special day here at Churn Farm and that is the delivery of our 100 head of cattle.  We picked up a new TMR mixer from the shop as well as a forage wagon to go along with our nice front JD mower for grass collection.  Its kind of strange I have been told from other dairy farmers in the area that cows in and around Churn Valley seem to smell the grass in their pa

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Day 54: Biogas Silage

Day 6 of Early Autumn I woke up this morning to an absolute downpour. I’m thankful that my wife and I decided to finish last night, going into the fields turned out to be a little bit of an adventure. I’m not sure how early it started to rain, but I was up before six and it was coming down. We didn’t see a break until after nine… then it was beautiful. During the rain, I was able to park up the equipment that somehow didn’t find it’s way to a shed last night, I don’t know who left it o

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Day 53: Bale Pockets

Day 5 of Early Autumn We got started early this morning, just because we knew that today was the last day of pure sunshine. I’m not sure when it will rain tomorrow but I don’t want to worry about the straw on the ground. I checked on the animals early, they were fine. My new business friend let me know via text that we could use more wood chips, I told him that I would try to get out there tonight but I didn’t know for sure. Time to finish the baling and putting everything away. I

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FK - Churn Farms 2017 - Day 33 - Checking on the crops

July 1-3 OMG I have been dying to update everyone.  Air temps finally got high enough just last week for the ground temps to get above the much needed 50* mark for the beans and corn to sprout.  It was not until the 7th day of early summer did we see it hit 50* and I have to say Marc was spot on with his advice.  Had we waited till the ground temps actually got to where we needed them to be we would have not had the time to put the crop in the ground. The animal dealer called and let u

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Day 52: Wheat Day

Day 4 of Early Autumn Early to rise, lots to do. I remembered two things while laying in bed last night. First of all, one of the papers I signed yesterday was not a purchase but a rental, or lease of the sugarbeet equipment. Secondly, I forgot to unload my last load of sugar beets from the harvester because I got sidetracked picking up somebody’s little spill. Not going to say a word. Those two things meant that I needed to empty the dirty little beets before I could clean it before they c

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Day 51: Harvest Creep

Day 3 of Early Autumn I couldn’t get out of bed early enough. The boy told me he had taken the liberty to order a couple of items from the shop and they would be here today. I also had a message from my new business partner that he needed me to come out in the morning because he was running low on supplies. Did he not know that it’s harvest season?! I arrived at the new business early. He needed more wood chips. I wandered into the little forest to see what I had laying on the ground,

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FK - Churn Farms 2017 - Day 30 - Getting help from a neighbor

June 20-23 Marc has come through again and the bank has notified me that the money has been transferred to complete the land purchase on the field down by the sheep farm.  While I have no plans on picking up sheep for a few months we will be making use of this field to get a jump start on our silage production.  We will become dairy farmers soon so we will need some silage and we have already mowed and baled up our supply of grass at this point.  Since the corn just went in the ground the o

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