Saturday, February 21, 2009

Homesteading Honey

Truth be told, my honey can do a lot more than brandish a seaweed whip! (If you have no idea of what I speak than read the previous post)

Here he is with the Kentucky Cultivator he found in our basement. Besides opening up new ground for our garden we also spent the day pruning trees and grape-vines and other winter time garden chores.

Then on our way home from taking the cows some grass hay we came upon a herd of 20 shoats (my father tells me this is the correct term for a pig betwixt aproximately 130 and 180 pounds). Leaving the truck running he carefully retrieves his Marlin .44 magnum lever-action open-sights rifle and steps cautiously from the truck making sure not to close the door. He walks quietly, yet decisively towards the group rutting in yonder meadow 100 feet away. Spying a brush pile half way to the meadow he finds refuge there to take his shot. BAM. And then all the pigs scram except for one which lays dead from the bullet that pierced his heart. Perfect shot. I was impressed. Aren't you? Then back to the house where he gutted, skinned and cut all the meat off of the pig.
Then we traveled a short distance to a neighbor who has an electic meat grinder, which made it easy to turn all that meat into tasty sausage.
An odd coincidence happened today. Exactly one year ago, on February 21, 2008, we butchered Pink my once pet pig. We had no idea, until I had by chance glanced into my personal journal. Strange but true happenings at The Ranch on Salmon Creek.
If you would like to get our sausage recipe and a few more details on dressing a hog you can read last year's post here.


  1. You go, Mark!

    Kevin saw the pigs earlier today from across the canyon here.

  2. Very manly display I say. Talk about fresh meat!!

  3. Can you post some photos of your vineyard?

  4. I love fresh sausage. When will breakfast be ready!


  5. I'll bring the eggs... and a good short work-out when we're done eating!


  6. Look at that garden!! How neat!! And a great shot your husband is!! I wouldn't even know what to do if I shot one. It must be so nice to have such a handy man around. Nice fresh sausage!!

  7. There is a difference between a
    grape arbor and a vineyard.

  8. Zoey is right. We have an arbor, anonymous, not a vineyard. But we can post some photos of it, if you like. But....Zoey, how did you know? I can't think of any Zoey's I know. Except for a dog named Zoey. Your not her, are you? :-)

  9. I know from previous posts about
    the grape arbor and didn't figure
    there was a vineyard up there.
    Nice pictures and stories.

    P.S. My dog's name is Zoey too!

  10. First the seaweed whip bravado, then he blasts a hog...This guy is badass!


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