Stood up

This morning was quite productive as we got underway erecting posts. When you have a skilled tradesman helping and directing your efforts it’s amazing how quickly you can accomplish your tasks. Thanks Corey!!

So far we have stood 14 of our 20 posts. Monday should see the other 6 stood and the start of notching our posts for the beams.


The very beefy and precisely built post footings my brother assembled.



Walnut tree side of the barn.




Road side of barn.

A Group Effort

Our peafowl population is growing!

Vonda spent most of the last month under the feeder (brilliant spot) on a clutch of eggs.  Every once in a while Denise would tag in and sit on the eggs, or they would both brood together.  Shatner was mildly helpful at times.

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A barns worth

Over the course of June we’ve been  busy putting the sawmill to use cutting up much of the dimensional lumber required to frame the barn. There’s been a lot of hard work involved moving heavy pieces back and forth from the sawmill to our lay down which is located in a breezy out of the sun area.


6×8 posts for the centre aisle and wings. 2×6 lumber for framing of the rafters.


 2×12 beam material, 2×10 floor joists and a few 2×8 beams


2×6 for trusses and strapping.

DSC_00382×8 for beams and rafters.

For those of you interested in seeing the process of turning a raw log into dimensional lumber here is a short stop photography video. Forgive the lack of sound.

What is ” green lacewing” Alex?

plum tree bugs

eggs of this beneficial insect are deposited on individual thin stalks on the underside of the leaf

Kudos to commenter Michael Wicks who was the first to pick out and identify the green lacewing eggs.  Thanks to all the other commenters as well, we appreciate hearing back from you!  This year has been a very good one for aphids, hopefully these eggs will hatch soon and make a dent in our aphid population.




There was actually some debate on this as Farmer A spent a bit scanning the photo and picked out a orange-ish blob which very well could be a lady bug pupa.  I did see some of these elsewhere on the tree, but wasn’t consciously including one in the photo.  From the picture it is not a definitive sign, whereas the lacewing eggs are clearly present.



Can you spot the beneficial insect?

Not quite as epic as The Rooster contest, but here’s a little challenge for you.  

See if you can identify the beneficial insect that has recently made a home on our plum tree. If it helps, you can click on the picture to see it in full resolution.  Leave your ID or just a guess in the comments.  There could be a prize!













Contest rules subject to change, prize may be limited to recognition on the Stoneybrook Farm blog.


Spring 2015 wool

Our second batch of wool has returned from the mill with some new natural and dyed colours.  This time around we paid a lot more attention during our initial skirting and picking to create batches with more distinctive natural colours.  It was worth the effort!  Check out the wool page for more details.

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Triangling? It should be a word…


Footings are very very important, I hope you have a helper who recognizes this fact.


The Pythagoras theorem is key to ensuring your building ends up square. To think my math teacher told us we’d never use it again!