Tuesday, August 10, 2010

dusk in the pasture

28 Comments:

Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

sorry for the bad audio... the kodak cost 99 bucks three years ago...

August 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

I still enjoyed it, especially Sal the friendliest sheep in the world

August 10, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Cute! Sal really is friendly, isn't he?

August 10, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

He is. Never lifted a hoof in anger. At least not to people. He butts Joe around from time to time.

August 10, 2010 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

Love the video! It gives a whole other perspective on what your place looks like.

August 10, 2010 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Artful Gathering said...

Looks like a lovely homestead... You are very blessed Jenna to be surrounded by lovely animals, trees, and a wonderful farm. Count your many blessings dear....
I enjoyed your video.. It was nice to be able to hear your voice. Always wonder what people sound like. Nice... Thanks for sharing your life with us. Wishing you the best of everything.

August 10, 2010 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey Jenna -- what radio station did you say ... bpr npr or what? thanks

August 10, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Vermont Public Radio! vpr.net

August 10, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger T.C. said...

Cool!

August 10, 2010 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Tracy Bruring said...

you're so lucky you don't have fire ants. I would be eaten alive if I laid in my pasture

August 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Robbie Grey said...

Dug seeing the Buddhist mala beads on your wrist :).

August 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Marissa said...

I think I love Sal :-)

August 10, 2010 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Robbie Knight said...

THIS is what reality TV should be! I loved being in the pasture and seeing Sal be so affectionate! SO CUTE! This is great, Jenna; you really give us a fresh perspective this way. Do more...please?

August 10, 2010 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Hunington said...

I see the apple tree, and it makes me think HARD CIDER TIME!

To make 5 gallons, you would need about 120 lbs. of apples, with the traditional cider stock coming from fairly bitter apples (think crab apples), but almost any apple will do. You could borrow a press from a neighbor, or in a pinch use a juicer if you have lots of time on your hands.

After you juice the apples, drop in a Campden tablet for each gallon of juice, then let it rest for 24 hours to kill the natural yeast.

Bring the juice up to 110F on your stove, adding pectin to deal with haze, and honey, cinnamon or other flavors you like, letting it stay at 110 for 20 minutes to pasteurize. Move your kettle to an ice bath in your sink and bring the temp down to 70F, then add yeast nutrient and pitch your yeast. You can use rehydrated wine yeast (like Cote de Blanc or Champagne) or one of the cider yeasts from White Labs or Wyeast. Ferment at 65F for two weeks, then rack it off the yeast/trub into a new bucket, and let it condition for a month or two at 50-60F before bottling. If you want a sparkling cider, add 5oz. sugar to a cup of water and boil/cool the syrup before adding it to the bottling bucket.

You can add Sparkaloid to clarify, or filter, should you have the equipment and desire.

Sweet ciders are more difficult -- you have to stop fermentation with Campden tablets before fermentation is complete, then bottle.

All cider benefits from extended conditioning because of secondary malolactic fermentation that takes place after 2-3 months stored in a cool place.

August 11, 2010 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger Ophelia said...

Ok, I have been following you for about a year and this is one of my favorite posts so far! Love being able to see the farm. More video tours please.

Jenna, you should be so proud of all you have accomplished so far. I am living through your blog as we wait to pay off debt and save for our farm. You are an inspiration. Wish I lived closer, I would help you build that barn, my never met but kindred soul blog friend!

August 11, 2010 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

It looks like a slice of heaven. Don't forget to watch for the Perseid meteor shower which should peak on Thursday and early Friday morning.

August 11, 2010 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Sal is one sweet sheep.

I like the idea of a star cast on the radio- that is pretty cool and connective, definitely. You can be out in the middle of nowhere and still feel like you're watching with a bunch of other people, which of course, you are. I should also point out the obvious and that is that the stars would be a LOT easier to see if you WERE out in the middle of nowhere. City lights do nothing for the quality of star gazing...enjoy it!

August 11, 2010 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Just gorgeous - thanks for the video! I'm going to watch it anytime I need to get away from the city.

August 11, 2010 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful place do you have Jenna. And Sal so sweet, just staying with you to get his ears scratched. You are one lucky girl.

August 11, 2010 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

You have a beautiful place Jenna, thanks for sharing the video.

I also have a cheap camera, I've found that you can improve the picture quality a lot by moving in slow motion, it allows the camera to focus more efficiently. An external headset microphone also seemed to improve the quality, if your camera has a port for one.

August 11, 2010 at 5:08 AM  
Blogger John said...

So Cool! Thanks for the great perspective. Now we can see in our mind's eye what you are talking about.

August 11, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Is the star program on NPR rather than just VPR?
I'm not sure it gets any better than what you've got going. A good day job and a lovely farm to come home to is a pretty hard act to beat.

August 11, 2010 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger sash said...

Nice! Sal is funny!!

August 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger South Brunswick Public Library Blog said...

That was great! It felt almost as good as if I drove the 4-plus hours to visit. Loved seeing how affectionate Sal is! You are a lucky duck Jenna!

August 11, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger ashley english said...

i seriously, seriously love this. you could work videos like these into your usual repertoire: "dispatches from cold antler farm", a sort of new england version of your much-loved lake wobegone, absent the antics of guy noir, et al. so refreshing to hear your voice and see your space and watch your hoofed friends moving about real time. got me inspired to maybe do a bit of something similar myself! are you using just a basic hand held video camera?

August 11, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger joenkate said...

Love the video blog! Really neat to hear your voice and a get a perspective of how coldantler is laid out. So beautiful :)

August 11, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Dude! Those ain't horns on Sal's head---they're nubbins...and that's being optimistic. That does it---afore you get the new ram, I'm gonna send him a set of rattling antlers (deer-hunting equipment)for you to tie on his haid.

August 11, 2010 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

Lovely, just lovely.

What was up with Maude? I don't see any lamb postings.....

August 13, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

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