Little Wolf Nature Preserve

Preserving Beautiful Kentucky

Archive for March, 2013

Mar
26

“I’m gonna make this place your home…”

Posted by Theresa

Many people have a strong connection to music.  Each connection is as unique as the infinite variety of music in the universe.  A song can evoke an emotion, mood or memory.  It can transport us to a time gone by or to re-experience an intense feeling.  It can remind us of people we love or places we’ve been.

Music is like that for me.  In my life during times of major transition, I seem to find a song that perfectly matches what I’m experiencing.  That song evokes the feelings of how I want to be during this time, giving me strength, encouragement and a path forward.

As I work to make Little Wolf our home, I listen to Home by Phillip Phillips.  This is my song for this time in my life.

Little Wolf

Mar
25

Is It Spring Yet?

Posted by Timm

The daffodils are wondering when spring is coming

This has been the coldest spring in memory.  We’ve been running 10-20 degrees below normal most days since we arrived at Little Wolf in January.  We typically start hearing the spring peepers in late February, and so far we’ve only heard them a few warm nights in late March.  And this morning we awoke to 2” of fresh snow.

That’s the great thing about living out in the country: we are much more in tune with nature and the weather.

The downside of a cold spring is that we’ll probably jump right into summer!

Mar
23

“There must be… 50 ways to use your tractor…”

Posted by Theresa

The old song, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” reminds me of my experience with our tractor!  Not how to leave it but how to use it.  Our tractor is the single most important piece of machinery we have here at Little Wolf and without it, we’d be at a loss on how to get many things done.

Timm driving the tractor with the bush hog attached to the back.

Our tractor is a Kubota M4030 SU with two wheel drive.  We don’t know what year it is but it has about 1,100 hours on it.   We bought it in 2004 from a man who was selling it out of the Walmart parking lot.  It’s been a great tractor for us.  We only wish we’d bought one with 4 wheel drive and with a front end loader.

We have 2 farm implements that attach to the back of the tractor.  The first is a bush hog as shown in the above picture.  A bush hog is like a lawn mower except much bigger and with a dull blunt steel bar vs. a sharp edged blade.  The steel bar spins at a high speed and basically crashes into whatever it hits and plows it down.

 

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Mar
21

5 Lessons in Road Building and Life

Posted by Theresa

As you may have read in Timm’s post on our RV/hiking trip blog, we recently built a road across our field.  Our bridge across Little Wolf creek washed out several years ago, so rather than build a new bridge, we decided to build a road instead.  We needed the road so that the movers could move our household items from storage to us here at Little Wolf.

This was our first experience building a road and as with everything in life, it was a learning experience.  Here are the top 5 things we learned.

1. Great neighbors are priceless.  Glen lives farther down the road and is a great neighbor.  He has lived here his whole life so he knows all about country living.  Glen has built bridges, roads, outbuildings and barns and gives great advice.  He knows everyone in Williamsburg, it seems.  He helped us find the best person to fix our furnace and tractor.  He also knows who has earth moving equipment such as bull dozers, backhoes and boom poles.  Finally, Glen helps whenever he can.  For example, he drove his pickup truck with his flatbed trailer to True Value so we could purchase a 20 foot culvert pipe for our new road.  Without his help, we would have no way of getting such a long pipe home, other than having it delivered at an expensive cost.

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Mar
21

A Girls Best Friend: Muck Boots

Posted by Theresa

Many women love shoes. Several of my female friends and family love shoes.  These shoe-loving women have a pair of shoes to match every outfit. They sometimes have more shoes than they can wear. Some even have special closets just for their shoes.

I suppose I’ve always been a different kind of girl.  I’m not really fond of shoes or clothes and I really dislike shopping.  I’m much happier outside working in the mud than I am at the mall.

Theresa sporting the latest in farm fashion.

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Mar
21

What Goes with Goat Cheese? Moonshine!

Posted by Theresa

Timm and I found an online forum where we can ask questions and get advice from the locals.  When I have a few minutes, I enjoy reading some of the questions/comments people put in there about local gossip, events, missing people. The variety of topics seems endless and some of it is off the charts funny.

For example, I’m going to raise chickens so I posted a question in the forum.  I wrote: “This spring, I want to raise egg laying chickens, which I’ve never done before. We are new to the Williamsburg area. Does anyone know where I can get chicks or chickens/roosters locally? I’d rather get them from a nearby farmer vs. mail ordering them. Thanks!”

I got several really helpful replies but this one took the prize:

"go up to london, ky early on a tuesday morning at the stock sale. they got about every flavor of chickens a man could want. you can pick up a goat cheap like too, milk that and make some cheese off from it. it’s real good with moonshine. "

Who knew the perfect complement to goat cheese is moonshine?  Now I know and I also know where to get my chickens!

Mar
19

Faceoff: Dogs vs. Cows

Posted by Timm

Darby and Shadow barking at cows that wandered onto our property

Faceoff: Dogs vs. Cows, guess who wins? 

We were inside when we heard the dogs barking continuously, which indicates an intruder.  We looked out the window, and sure enough, four of our neighbor’s cows had wandered onto our property.  The cows were “winning” as they ignored our barking dogs and encroached further on our land to forage.

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    Little Wolf Nature Preserve is a private preserve located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Southern Kentucky, USA.

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