1 January 2017
We celebrated the new year with our own roast lamb and vegetables. And (selvfølgelig) homemade beer. At midnight we went outside and watched as the whole valley became an explosion of light and sound. From up here we are able to watch about 50 firework displays at once from Follebu all the way to Lillehammer, and over the hill at Hafjell. It’s magical.
I figured that since my posts are so infrequent now, it might be a bit difficult for you to follow what’s actually going on here, so here’s an overview of what we did in 2016 and a mish-mash of pictures.
Ploughed all our land with the horse
Hatched and raised about 60 chicks
Grew a year’s supply of potatoes, carrots, parsnips, garlic, swedes, turnips, barley
Roughly half a years supply of onions, cabbages, squashes, peas, wheat, oats
And satisfactory amounts of pumpkins, greens, lettuce, radishes, snow peas and grew outdoor tomatoes for the first time
Grew crazy amounts of parsnip seed, and pathetic amounts of carrot seed
Cleared forest for a new pasture and made 300 posts for the fence
Fenced in the new pasture
Made a year’s supply of firewood
Made enough hay in the traditional way to feed 1 horse, two cows and 6 sheep through the winter
Fixed part of the barn roof
Fixed part of the roof of the house and put up new gutters
Raised and butchered five lambs, made sausages and salted meat
Delivered a breached calf
Milked one of our cows for nine months and made a years worth of butter and pultost, plus made the first successful brunost and gamalost and some extremely dry hard cheese.
Fixed alot of fences and made alot of gates
Hosted 24 volunteers through wwoof norway
Treated both of our cows for mastitis
Made around 20litres wine and 40litres beer
Picked alot of blueberries and currants and made a year’s supply of jam
Moved portable sawmill to the forest and started cutting trees for timber
Sold the car and bought a moped
Finally succeeded in destroying the mower
Finally unblocked the drain!!! (had to get a digger to dig the pipe up, and fix it)
Had our first chimney fire!
made stock out of elk bones
Made two crockfulls of sauerkraut
Produced all our own eggs
Got a new threshing machine