Monday, November 7, 2011

Multi- Generational Barn Hopping

We were out of town for less than three days and came home to find 31 eggs in the chicken coop!!  Way to go, ladies!!

Here are two hogs we recently purchased for meat purposes.  They will soon be taken to the slaughter house and come back to our home as ham, sausage, bacon, pork loin, roasts and much more.  I am even getting the fat so I can render it to make lard for cooking and soapmaking.

Jackson would love to raise a hog or two on his own.  He's the cutest hog farmer I've ever seen!

I almost think I could draw a diagram on this picture showing the ham, pork roasts and more!

This picture shows the porch of a cabin built in the early 1800's.  My family came to Mississippi in the early 1800's and settled in Smith County.  My dad took us on a tour the other day to see the old cemetery where not  only my grandparents are buried, but also my great, great-great and great-great-great grandparents.  My great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Sullivan was born in 1755 and he built this log cabin.  Now it is the weekend home of a distant relative, but it was lived in full-time until just a few years ago.  The exterior of the home has been covered with siding of some sort,  but the porch shows the original logs cut by hand.

This picture shows the interior of the cabin...I took the picture through the window.  You can see the high exposed beams in the roof.

This picture of the kids is in front of the corn crib.  This outbuilding is not original to the house, but is still pretty old.

This is the back door of the dog-trot cabin showing the siding that covers the original logs.  I actually grew up with the grandchildren of the last inhabitants of this house.  Our mothers were good friends who had never met each other until living in another town.

A family picture in front of the corn crib.

Kaelan took this picture as she explored around my mom's place.  It has been in the family for a long time.  My grandfather built the house with the help of his brother  and it was completed in 1961.  The older home that they lived in prior to the current home was torn down.

An old rusty stringer for fish...We used to fish a good bit at the pond on the land.

Mom likes to keep flowers blooming around the yard just like my mamaw did.

My mom loaned these items to me....the cast iron pot was my grandmother's.  I will use it over a propane burner to cook down the hog fat to make lard.  The crock holds 6 gallons and I will use it to ferment some cabbage.

And that covers some of what is going on our little homestead, a homestead from the 1800's and a homestead begun in the 1930's....all in my family.  Apparently homesteading is in my blood.


Jacinda Vandenberg said...

Your family is beautiful!

Christine said...

So many things to like about this post. We also raise chickens and pigs. You'll never taste better bacon, sausage, and all else pig. How fortunate that there is so much family history for your children to explore. And Kaelen's photos are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed your post and great pictures of your family in their homesteading element :)

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