Sunday, January 24, 2010

Video Diary, Pioneer Farms

Pioneer Farms from Helen Ruth on Vimeo.

A collection of photo's over the years of my family and friends. We've been working the living history museum for going on 6 years to supplement our homeschooling.

Like my spaghetti western music?

My Frisbee Loving Dawg

Sheba Time! from Helen Ruth on Vimeo.

Here's an experimental video clip I created. I'm trying to learn my Window's XP movie player to create some music videos. This is my first attempt, and not necessarily my first choice of music!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Flying the Coop

Our four hens found a new home today. They're headed for a nice farm north of us and will be free ranging 10 acres! I placed an ad last night and woke up to an avalanche of emails! It was a tough choice picking the right family. One person said their hen was lonely and would enjoy the companionship. I almost picked her, but then thought, did something eat the rest of their chickens? Another woman said she had just built a coop and wanted these to be her first chickens! She was so excited. Another guy said he'd like them as he had just built a rabbit hutch. Hmmmm

I selected the family who promised to take good care of them, as their chickens were pets too.
We decided to re-home our hens due to several factors. Mainly, we feared for their safety as they kept escaping from their coop. We had already lost another hen this way and it was a very sad loss. The other reason is over our decision to travel. We're already discussing our next trip by the end of the year. We realize that re-homing them is the right decision.

We are very glad to have had the experience of raising our own chickens in the city, and are thrilled that we've experienced them mature and lay their first eggs.
It was a great learning experience.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Amazing Grace!

While studying Middle Eastern history, I was surprised to learn that the bagpipe didn't originate in Scotland. Fascinatingly, the bagpipe originated from the Middle East! Archaeologists speculate the bagpipe immigrated from the Mediterranean to Scotland around 2000 to 3000 BC. So, true to form, as depicted on this amazing video, the bagpipes being played in the Roman Coliseum were actually around!