In Garfield, a completed building permit with occupancy allowed is an occupancy permit. The building inspector came by today giving the okay to move in, on Adam's birthday no less! We will be moving in after a week or two more finishing work, but we have the official go-ahead.
Adam, a name for a firstborn male, the first birth on the farm, and an "A" name since we have Bella, Blessing, Caramel, and Delight. Today, Delight brought little Adam into the world without assistance or audience. Last night we had thundershowers, but today was mild with clear skies.
We were concerned that Delight would be a protective Angus, but she was mellow, allowing me to carry him and the kiddos to pet him. Bella was jealous, blocking Adam from nursing and actually knocking him down, so we separated her and Caramel into their paddock.
We can start milking Delight in a few days!
Monday, June 24th, two new bovine arrived at Abundance Garfield. Our new friend Gerry arrived with his wife and four children to deliver a stanchion, two milking buckets, a vacuum pump, claw with silicone parts, vacuum gauge, harness, and five-year-old Blessing and her 7 month old heifer Caramel.
Gerry had Blessing AI'd before delivering her, offering an excellent price for everything, hence her name commemorating Gerry's family's kindness. We were surprise at her decrease in milk production from 2.5 gallons per milking in the morning to, essentially none. We will be milking her tomorrow morning (June 29th) if all goes well after having Caramel separated over night; it seems like her hormones are back to normal after the Lutalyse (prostaglandin) shot.
We made pie-shaped paddocks, so the heifers can be together and cows together.
After over a year of anticipation, the front door has been replaced with a better insulated and similarly styled (9-lite) door, freeing the solid wood Dutch door to move to the bedroom. Kyra finished cleaning and painting today. We will install it soon.
Chris, pictured below, gave a thumbs up after dry-fitting the pieces of his first cabinet box, EVER. $600 in plywood, paint, glue, router bits, nails, and Chris' tools, and cabinets are materializing. We decided to have a two level counter around the sink, keeping the 4" backsplash. The giant, stainless L-shaped sink in the canopy we used for our kitchen last year was supposed to be the counters, but Kyra's concern about the visual impact prevailed; we now plan on using it in an outdoor kitchen going forward until a full commercial kitchen can be constructed.
Josh: Founder, father