Saturday, February 16, 2013

Scrappy Farm

Cold Antler Farm is a scrappy place. The fences sag, everything needs improvements, and the layout is suspect at best. But I love it. You can see the front of the house in its winter moldy glory. The plastic siding needs to be scrubbed and my little stepladder/mop idea isn't holding up to proper homeownership levels. So I called the boys at Common Sense Farm to come up in the next few weeks with their ladders and fancy truck and in two hours this house will look a lot smarter. There's about ten odd jobs that require heights I can not do (without crying) so as a woman firmly grounded, I welcome their help. Since we have a barter system between our two farms there's a good chance it will cost me some livestock like spring meat birds but that's fine by me. Cold Antler will always be a scrappy place, but I would like to keep doing my best to make it less so. Hmm, Can you embrace scrappy while trying to fight it?

12 Comments:

Blogger Kris said...

Hmm, if your farm is scrappy, wonder what mine would be called? I have been outside cleaning up the front of the house the past few days. It looks SO much better already. Now out to pick up all the big huge dog bones out of the yard then do some mowing. It's feeling like spring here at Outback Farm! I know yours will be looking good after all those guys do their thing. Have fun!

February 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger WillowBrookFarm said...

Your place looks great Jenna! Now if you want to talk scrappy, portions of my alpaca fence range from snow fence to electric tape( until I get the manpower and $ to put up the wire fence) the chicken coop is weather proofed with feed bags, and our trailer? Let's not go there, just praying we can start on building a house this year! ( but for the record, it's a vast improvement from 5 years ago when we moved in)
Your place will get there with time

February 16, 2013 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Paulette said...

I bet if you asked any of the fortunate animals that live on your farm, they would never mention the fences or the siding. They would justly praise the love and attention that you give them. Boy, if only Gibson could talk!

February 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

I love it...it looks very inviting.

February 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

You're not fighting, scrappy, you're maintaining it and holding on to that "s" for dear life. And sometimes that takes a barter in meat birds.

The place looks great, btw!

February 16, 2013 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Had my mop outside the door until a few minutes ago... hey, at least we mop. Never noticed the gingerbread trim up top... sweet! I think most working farms wouldn't make it into a magazine, but we can focus on the prettier spots, right?

February 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yes! Scrappy implies continuing to go on no matter what, and you have that quality in abundance.

February 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yes! Scrappy implies continuing to go on no matter what, and you have that quality in abundance.

February 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Wayne Jones said...

The key is always being active. You seem as if you are always working and that will preserve and improve your place until you stop doing that. I love the idea of bartering the things you do well for the things you don't do so well. Hang in there champ.

February 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Davis said...

Scrappy means, imho, "fighting off run-down with love and hard work." So you aren't fighting scrappy, you should be proud to be scrappy! :)

February 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

Cant scrappy be a personality trait or a state of mind? Then you can clean up farm and still proudly maintain the moniker "scrappy"? You have a wonderful place, its real. And it feels welcoming, like a home should.

February 17, 2013 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

It has a warm and homey look that I like. The kinda place you want to pull up to and get to know. Enjoy your home improvements! How great that you have the bartering system in place.

February 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM  

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