Wednesday, November 24, 2010

the roosting goose and turkey day

The geese are considering expanding their family. I know this because while I was getting ready for work this morning, I witnessed some nesting attempts for the first time since we moved to Jackson. Outside the kitchen window the usual collection of hens were thick into a conversation of coos and clucks on the stacked bales of straw. The Stacked straw bales are kind of like those bird feeders you see in gift catalogs that let you suction cup the two-way mirror feeder right to your glass so you can watch the birds. Well, this is like that, but with 8-pound chickens on hay next to my microwave stand/bookcase. They come right up the glass and peck at it. It drives Gibson wild.

Anyway, I was typing away mindlessly when I heard cackles from the birds and then saw what I thought was a chicken caught in a white paper bag. What it was, was Saro the goose flapping wildly, her white underside contrasting with her gray top. I was suprised. Saro never "roosts" anywhere. This was a good four feet off the ground, but she somehow clogged her tubby self up into the rafters of the bales and was making herself a nest. I walked up to the window (about 5 inches from her face, protected by glass) and she hissed at me. Geez.

So perhaps there will be spring geese? I would like to add a few more Toulouse to the flock, but I'm in no rush. So maybe those eggs will just be for baking. Goose eggs are amazing in cookies and breads. Something about their more jelly-like whites makes grains bounce, feel more filling. Like you already used the piece of bread to clean the edges of a cast iron skillet of stew, only without that meaty-after taste. Just more, is what I mean.

It's the night before Thanksgiving here at Cold Antler, and I am not driving back to PA. I will do my very best to get myself back to Palmerton for Christmas, but with the farm, car repairs, and a killer cold-snap (14 degrees tonight!) the pipes would freeze without the wood stove roaring and the animals need constant care. It's a trade off with many perks, but also heavy guilt and losses. I hope someday the family will be willing to come up here for some Bourbon Red, garden potatoes, and smoked pheasant but one can't get her hopes up.

Tomorrow I'll be joining The Daugton Family in White Creek for my meal. I have a chicken pickup first thing (down to just five laying hens right now, and just as many roosters!) but my afternoon will just be about joining the family of Tasty the calf (from earlier this fall) for some turkey. I was told I could bring a dog and a fiddle. These are my kind of people.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I'm grateful you check in on me.

40 Comments:

Blogger Alicia said...

I hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving.

November 24, 2010 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Melvin & Theresa said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna.

November 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jenna. You deserve one after all the work you've done this year. I would say you have much to be thankful for, as we are all thankful for you. Enjoy.

November 24, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
OpenID themorningstarblog said...

I am thankful for your wonderful blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Happy Thankgiving Jenna! Sounds like you've got a great day lined up...enjoy!

Blessings,
Debi

November 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Happy Goose eggs, Jenna. May your memories be strong, your pipes insulated and the day be just the first of many Thanksgivings you celebrate with Dogs, Sheep, Fiddles and Fowl.

November 24, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

It sounds like you have a fun day planned. Enjoy your all American holiday -- mmm, pie!!

November 24, 2010 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Bring a pie with the fiddle and dog. So glad to hear that you have someone to share Thankgiving day. I too have your blog on my things for which I am thankful. I vote for goslings over cookies.

November 24, 2010 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jenna!

The best I could do was a fresh, free range commercial bird, but at least the pumpkin for pies came out of my backyard.

Thanks for the inspiration to keep trying new things, and have a swell day tomorrow.

November 24, 2010 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I meant to ask: where do you find the swell antique images that you post?

November 24, 2010 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna. I bought some new yarn today and it's calling my name. After the turkey dinner, I'll be creating a new hat whose color will be a little lighter than an Orange Julius.

November 24, 2010 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thank you all!

Paula, I search for "insert subject here" woodcut or "insert subject here" old illustration. Copyright laws on artwork did not come into affect until 1912, or 1923? Not sure, but these old guys are 99% of the time copyright free unless they belong to a corporation (like old John Deere images are John's)

November 24, 2010 at 8:40 PM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Enjoy your Turkey Day with friends, fiddle and dog. Sounds like a great day to me. I'll be lucky if I get a change to touch my fiddle, and that's because everyone DOES come to my house for the meal. But I am thankful for the loved ones who come.

November 24, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Cindi said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna, and thanks for your continued blogging. I have loved reading each and every one of your posts!

November 24, 2010 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Jenny Glen said...

Happy Thanksgiving! You might try what my husband and I do every Christmas and Thanksgivings (we celebrate the Canadian one in October for him and the US one for me in Nov) Since it's just us two, we get a Cornish game hen for each of us and make 2 sides (usually off Pioneer Woman's blog) and a dessert. Just enough left overs for one more day and we still get to feel like we are celebrating the holiday.

November 24, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Have a great Thanksgiving, Jenna! it sounds like you've made a nice day for yourself. Enjoy!

November 24, 2010 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

Have a great Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Many blessing being sent your way this Thanksgiving eve, Jenna. I'm thankful for your blog and the delicious feeling of living vicariously thru your farm...thank you!

November 24, 2010 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Lara Katherine Mountain Colley said...

A very happy turkey day to you! I am on my new plot of land this Thanksgiving and am not travelling home for this holiday either. I know all about the loss and guilt. My mother is hardly speaking to me. But, I too am hopeful they will come to my place for a homegrown country Thanksgiving one of these years. Here's to holidays close to home in the good company of friends!

November 24, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger brea brumby said...

A very happy Thanksgiving day to you from a first time 'commenter' but a long time reader. All the best.

November 25, 2010 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Manzanita Farms said...

So glad you have a place to be and a good meal to eat on this Thanksgiving Day. One day for family will be there to celebrate it with you. Enjoy your day and Thanks for your blog and your inspiration.

November 25, 2010 at 1:40 AM  
Blogger storms said...

Happy Thanksgiving. I love your blog.

November 25, 2010 at 3:37 AM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

Being a Brit I don't celebrate Thanksgiving. But I hope you have a really great day

November 25, 2010 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Toulouse are the geese I want to get post haste after we move next month but shipping through McMurray is killer.

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna, you'll be included in our table prayer this day.

November 25, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Anke said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy your day, time with friends and good food!

November 25, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Therese T. said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna!

November 25, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday in this magical world you've created. Continued blessings...

November 25, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...

I'm grateful that you blog Consistently. Your content is just superb and you keep it coming. Thank you for the inspiration you've given us and for your wonderful work. Consume mass quantities!

November 25, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Cats Critters said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna, sorry you can't go home for the holiday.

November 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna: as a newly minted member of your sheepswool CSA I've been wondering what to knit with the upcoming intro skein of lovely wool.
Spiderwoman solved the problem for me with her bulky knit capucine cap and I'm sitting here catching up on blogs while knitting my trial copy - I love it! Will show it on my blog soon.
Hope your geese decide to nest or at least offer you some eggs for your Chrstmas baking. Enjoy your holiday weekend - no holiday for you on a smallholding but no "go to work" off the farm for a fwew days.
Janet in Nova Scotia

November 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Joy Bear said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the Cold Antler crew! Thanks for letting us share in your adventure. :)

November 25, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Having family around is important, but remember families come in all shapes and sizes. You will be with family this Thanksgiving; in person with one, in your heart with all the peaple who love you and on line with those who wish you well.
Have a GREAT day today, all all days to come.

November 25, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger leafonatree said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the critters, Jenna!

November 25, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

Jenna, can you tell me how you smoke your pheasants? What brine do you use?

November 25, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna!

November 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Janet Boerboom said...

Happy T-Day. After the comments about Victorian Farm, I got on a documentary watching kick and found another good one from BBC. It's called a Farm for the Future. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/farm-for-the-future/

November 25, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jenna! Your site is an inspiration to our whole family! Keep up the good work! We included you in our evening prayers for thanksgiving as you have given us so much.

Grace and peace,

John

November 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

goat girl, I didn't smoke them, The Daugton family did. I have no idea, but I think they did it in their oven? unless they have a smoker? I'll ask.

Farm For the Future is great! I saw it at the Farm Film Fest!

November 26, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Jenna...
I remember a post you did a couple of months ago. You were at odds, wondering when a house begins to feel like a home. I believe you have answered your own question. Sounds to me, like you've settled in, made the house into a home and have made yourself part of the homestead.
Hope you had a wonderful day...
**Tami

November 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

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