Author Archives: D.P.Normand

Wordless Weekend…..Almost!

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Active Weather Weekend!

It’s been an active weather weekend. During these times, we tend to stay in and catch up on the housework. It always seems to get neglected during the excitement of spring. The dog enjoys the break. It allows him to … Continue reading

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“The Good Sense God Gave a Goat”

When I as a kid, I spent  lot of time living with my grandparents. My great grand mother was also part of this extended family and she was quite the character. All of her male siblings were New Orleans jazz … Continue reading

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The Barn Project Part 12

Rafter Installation Last post, I built the ridge beam and lock it into position with eight rafters. This time I’ll fill in the rafters and strip the roof for the metal roof. Above, you can see I installed a center … Continue reading

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The Barn Project Part 11

The upper section framing continues. Once the walls were complete, I turned my attention to making the 40′ ridge board. This ridge is comprised of  two 2″x8″x24′ s.y.p. and two 2″x8″x16′ s.y.p. laminated together with resorcinol glue. This creates a … Continue reading

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The Bee’s Knees!!

I started with four nuc’s about one year ago. These were my first hives and despite taking two short courses with the local cooperative extension, I lost two.  I decided to keep four hives on hand until I’m certain I … Continue reading

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Barn Project Part 10

Now that the decking is complete, I’m going to concentrate on framing the walls. I chose to purchase 2×6 studs for this phase. My reasoning for this was three fold. 1) I only have five large pine logs from my … Continue reading

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Barn Project Part 9 -Decking Complete!!

Finally!! The upper deck is complete! I have included a few pictures of of the process from tree to lumber. These are the tops of the trees I used over the past few weeks. Generally, the material at the upper … Continue reading

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The Chicks After Two Weeks.

Its amazing how quickly chicks grow. Then again, If you think how your morning egg can in 28 days transform into a fully formed chick, I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised. Aren’t they cute! If you look real close, … Continue reading

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Spring Is Coming!!

Here’s a short video of the chicks we incubated. They hatched on February 23, two days early! I need a better thermometer. The chickens are a cross of White Rock, Buff Orpington, Dark Cornish and possibly a little Black Giant- … Continue reading

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