Seasonal adjustments

Upcoming events are given toward the end of the post.

Time of change is now upon the farm. Summer vegetables are essentially finished, especially after being torn up by a small goat crashing into them… *cough*Royal*cough*

The hens seem to have finished up laying early this year, of course that may also be due to not really recovering from the last round of raccoon attacks. Fortunately, there has not been a raccoon attack since Epekos got here. Apparently varmints don’t like the smell of mastiff. Unfortunately, between the raccoons and the owls we are down to just half of our original small flock, and they are traumatized and have slacked off in egg laying. We plan to purchase a new batch of birds first thing next spring, and return to former capacity by next fall.

The afore-mentioned crashing goat also crashed into the wall protecting pumpkins from the chickens and goats and rabbits and deer and every other damned thing. We don’t have pumpkins this season. She really only hurt herself, since the primary purpose of pumpkins is to supplement livestock feed through the winter. We do, barring disaster, have enough hay to get them through so while they won’t exactly be sleek and spoiled through the winter, they won’t starve.

Some of the wire jewelry has sold, and several requests have come in for specific pieces. I get to work with real sterling this time, in addition to some good quality stainless steel wire. Requests for woven wire jewelry can be placed via email. In-stock items are listed on etsy.

I have the answer I was waiting for from Maryland DNR, also. They do not regulate the pelts of domestic animals, so I can tan and sell what I like from what I raise or purchase as livestock. When I get around to collecting deer hides from a local processor, I will need a license for that. There are two goat hides in the freezer waiting for cooler weather, and three nice looking goats reserved for our own slaughter this fall. One hide has already been spoken for, hair on.

In the SMPC, the Runes class last week went very well. We had some good discussion about historical and modern uses of the Elder, Younger, and Anglo-Saxon Futhark/Futhorc, the place of sane and educated evolution of a practice, and the dangers of being a seafaring pirate. We talked a little bit about sacred voice, and I could easily see that being its own topic one night in the future. I believe that October’s Occult Topic Discussion will be on Ancestral Veneration…. but don’t quote me. Still sorting it out. Anyone with ideas and suggestions for future topics should feel free to mention them.

Also in the SMPC, this month’s Drum Circle is the 16th at 1900 until 2300. There are no restroom facilities at Chancellor’s Point. There is a pavilion if the weather turns foul. Snacks and shareables are not required, but are appreciated. There is a $5 fee per adult to use the space. (It’s still cheaper than the State Parks, so until we come up with another site that’s at least as well suited, it’s what we’re using.)

Last thing for the SMPC this month’s Sunday coffee meetups will be the 11th and 25th  from 1000 to 1200 at the Coffee Quarter in San Souci.

Additional events this month, Owl Hill Farm is hosting a CPR/AED and First Aid training class done by LK Training Services of Southern Maryland, LLC on Saturday September 17th from 1000 to 1500. This class is open to all members of the SMPC and their friends and families. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Payment of $75 per student is due at the beginning of the class. (All processing fees are paid out of the student fee, so there are no sudden surprises, this is all you pay. Cash or check only.) There will be another class in October.

The St Mary’s County Fair is this month, Thursday 22 September thru Sunday 25 September at the St Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. Owl Hill Farm will have a few entries in various categories, but no livestock this year. While I would love to take QRR Fred and a couple of Grinder’s baby daughters (but not Grinder, because he is crazy.) up to the Fair to show them off… I don’t have any interest in parading them around a ring. I could probably do it- Fred at least will follow me anywhere because I bring him food- but why? The shows here are very 4H focused and everyone is convinced that all meat goats should look like Boers. Kikos look nothing like Boers, and are intended to be shown WITH their horns, which local shows don’t like. Still, I’d like to be able to take them up there and just let them lounge around in a pen and garner some stud fees and kid sales. Next year.

There is not currently anything on the Kindred’s calendar beyond those items already on the SMPC calendar. It’s a busy time of year on the farm and with other things, so there will be more later.

 

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