A Day In The Life

A friend asked yesterday if I would map out a typical day in the life of our farm.

Each season has a different rhythm; I enjoy summer’s most.

Getting up with the sun,

working in the garden,

seeing fantastic looking bugs,


finding some new flower in the fields,

feeling the cool breeze blowing up the hill,

watching the piglets snuffle for food,

the pigs wallow in the mud,

the cows waiting for their new paddock,

the sheep running along beside the four wheeler,

and the chickens chasing bugs or stealing scraps from the cats,

my family eating pork chops, hamburgers or chicken legs we have raised

along with vegetables and fruit we have grown,

winding down the day as the sunset dazzles us,

sitting on the patio listening to Dave read a silly book to the kids,

and falling into bed wonderfully tired and satisfied–

life is beautiful.

I took my camera along on most of my choring Monday.

Some of the pictures I took on other days but am inserting them in the sequence for clarity.

Can you imagine getting up every morning to views like this?


The garden is first on my agenda, and to keep from having to leave it in the middle of a project,

I bake some granola for the kids before I head out.

Dave will take it out of the oven, and they can serve themselves.


I take a look at the house garden,


but decide to build a better trellis for the cucumbers in the strip garden.

cucumber trellis

Next job is to get the sheep into a new paddock.


I set up a new section with electronet, pull the shelter over and renew their water.

I’m going to need water for the cattle later, so I bring up the truck and fill it with water from the cistern.


Meanwhile AJ has let the laying hens out of their coop


and biked down to the broilers to feed and water them.

ajbike ajchickencare

This day, the kids have some friends over for a few hours and go berry picking behind the house.

playdate2 berrypicking

I get a load or two of laundry hung.


In the afternoon, we bring water to the cattle


and open up a new paddock for them before building the next section,


while the kids play in the shade.

new  kidsplaying

The piglets need grain and the growers and breeders get more whey.


We expand their paddock every few days, but today is not one of them.

We load up the broilers for the butcher. (More on this in a coming post.)


Dave has his other job during the day, but afterwards,

he repairs a vehicle (a common activity for him since every vehicle has needed repair this month)


and clears brush for the next fence.


And that about wraps it up.


If you are interested in hearing about specific aspects of our farm, let me know.

5 Comments on “A Day In The Life

  1. Rachel, no wonder you fall into bed tired and satisfied. What a wonderful life you and Dave had made for yourselves and your children. I am very happy for you!

  2. Follow-up question–where do you get the energy for all you accomplish during the day?!? I LOVE that sunrise picture! Thanks for letting us live farm life for a day. 🙂

  3. How absolutely beautiful….every bit of it! I’m so glad I ‘found’ your page! Eric told me about your Farm a while back. How proud I am to have known David as a young mad scientist in our basement:) He has done very well and you sound like a lovely wife and mother.
    from a old friend in Texas~

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: