Born in a Barn

Before it gets too far behind me… I have to share my trip over to Born In A Barn.  Born in a Barn is a craft fair/antique fair/re-purpose fair held in a field south of Sheridan, Wyoming.  Coincidently, also just a few miles from the people that drove to South Dakota to pick up our puppies!  I got to drive 3 hours to Sheridan, they drove to Sturgis to get their pup and mine!  I love leapfrogging puppies like that!  As I was waiting their return, I strolled around BiaB.

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There were lots of vendors with “No Photos” signs, so most of these are long distance… but you get the idea.  This isn’t a common kind of thing around here, so it made it much more fun!  Vendors came from multiple states right into the early snowstorm we had!  Many people were cold and wet, and the parking area in the field was muddy, but those of us that attended were happy they’re tough!

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Old signs, cabinets, pallets, weavings, jewelry, new signs, baskets, lights, rugs, clothing, soap, you name it… it was probably there!

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I went through everything twice just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

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My favorite?  Besides the things I bought???  These.  Yes, typical plasma cut patterns… but now on handsaws and cream cans!  That was very cool.  I’m not an elk, bear, or moose decor person though, so I didn’t get one… but with the “right” pattern, I might have!

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Oh, and remember Lucy’s Sheep Camp, where I buy all my wool for my soapstones and felting projects???

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They were there!  I may be buying some of that yellow felted wool on the top… I do have two more Christmas stockings to make!

It was a fun and different time.

Maybe we’ll do this again next year!

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I have to share this…

Look at the look on her face the first time she tried to make it across the cattleguard!

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Honey Harvest from My Top Bar Hives

Before we get to the honey…

We vaccinated our just weaned calves today… I took the easy job of running them up the alleyway, and let the boys give the shots!  I only took one photo today, and that was of our pinkeye calf.

Cattle get pinkeye just like humans… usually starting with some irritation from dust or grass.  We used to get it so much more than we do now.  Herefords with their white faces and eyelids were very prone to pinkeye.  Angus?  Not so much!  We simply cut a circle from old jeans, slice into the center and overlay the cut edges to make a slight cone shape, and glue it back together.  Then we run a bead of glue around the outside edge of the cone, leaving a “drainage” area unglued at the bottom of the bandage.  We then press it on around the eye, and give a shot of LA200.  By the time the patch wears off, the eye will be healed.  It is protected from more dirt and the glare of the sun… it works pretty good if you catch it early enough.

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A few days ago, I promised an update on my bees (they’re doing great!) and even more exciting, my first official harvest of honey! (yippee)

My Golden Mean hive from BackYardHive.com (affiliate link) is full of comb and honey, but the bees have brood mixed in with their honey combs.  I don’t really know why, but it meant I had to cut out the capped honey from the brood.  The comb is darker as well.  Mesopotamia, on the other hand, after having been SUCH a pain, had beautiful golden pure honey combs.  I kept them separate.  To harvest honey in a top bar hive is easy peasy.

Lift the bar gently out of the hive, and brush the bees off of the comb.  Using a bread knife, simply slice across the comb and let it fall into a clean bucket.

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Here’s a closeup of some capped honey.

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Buy paint strainers from your hardware store, and fasten one across the top of another clean bucket.  Mush the comb with your hands, breaking up the comb cells to release the honey.  Pour the honey and comb into the strainer.  Wipe off as much honey as you can from your hands… now you can lick your fingers!  Yum!

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Now set them in the sunniest window you have!  Cover them so flies won’t get in… I let them sit two days, the first one wasn’t very warm nor sunny!

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At the end of two days, the wax is left in the paint strainer.

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I’ll take this back to the bees and let them harvest what they can… then I’ll gather it up again and use it in some crafts in the future!

What are you left with???

A golden jar full of sunshine, flowers, and the bees’ hard work!  This tiny jar was a gift, and there’s more for some lucky people!

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