Duck Dinner

Well, we finally tried duck meat a couple of weeks ago. I slow cooked these skinned ducks in the back room in our turkey roasters for a few hours. When I walked in the door from being down at the barn that afternoon, I couldn’t believe what I was smelling…. one of the most delicious fragrances I’ve ever smelled before. If you have never had duck meat, you are missing out. It is absolutely delicious. It smells and tastes better than turkey. I thought it would be a strange meat since you cannot find it in the supermarkets much. No, it is such a deliciously rich meat only people like the French would have something so wonderful in their markets as they truly know how to eat.

Mind you, I only ate about half of the meat here. : ) When my husband has more time he will leave the skin on. I can’t wait to try it. I made a wonderfully rich stock with the leftovers and the fat in the pan and had a delicious soup a couple days later.

This Little Piggy Stayed Home

Like I shared, I would take more pictures of our little piggies. Here are some pictures I took the very day we got them as well as some the next day when Matthew put up some electrical wire.

Nestled close together in their sleeping quarters

You can see how little they are compared to daddy. He’s putting a feeder in for them. They are the size of medium/large dogs right now. Within 2-3 months, they will be nearly 200 lbs and ready for the table.

Inspecting their boundaries. When they hit their little noses to the electrical wire, they yelp and run away like little doggies.

You should see this now, it’s really a pig trough. They have burrowed the ground throughout the whole area like no rototiller can.

Elisabeth is watching the piggies. Hannah has other things on her mind.
Here they are digging down deep around a post

I think this picture is cute. Look at their little, curly tails.

Plowing the ground

A happy pig has lots of mud on his nose – so we heard.
: )

Just Look at That Face

Oh, little Leah. Just look at that face. You are so cute! You have your first tooth already and love turning over onto your tummy. You are the most content baby we have had. I thought you would be as you were so quiet for so many hours in my belly. We love you little sweetie!

Elk

Here are some pictures I took of the elk across the highway from where we live. I took these with a close up shot from our kitchen window. I like this first picture as it looks like a painting when you enlarge it.



See the big bull? You can probably see his rack if you click on the picture.