Growing Up Agrarian

We are four Christian, homechurched, homeschooled, homesteading, agrarian children growing up in Central Texas on a Ranch. We are Tracy,(15) Jennifer,(10) Robert,(9) and Sarah(5) Bunker. We also have one more brother, Thomas Shepard Bunker, who is in the courts of glory. We like to read books, raise animals, and play on the land. Tracy will be writing about the stuff we do. We hope you enjoy our Adventures!


Soap and Sheep milk

Hello Yall

Well Mom and Dad got home from Waco yesterday from Mom taking a soap class. She made goat milk soap and a herbal soap, and some kind of spearmint goodness that I am smelling right now. It smells amazing. I think one has all kinds of oils in it including coconut oil, olive oil and even oatmeal! She is cutting them right now and the room smells sooo good. She has to cure them for six weeks, but has some that is ready to use right now. She has to cure them to let the lye calm down. She is supposed to be wearing gloves in this picture but remembers later.

This is her mold that she bought there at Homestead Heritage. It is homemade at the Wood Shop where Dad takes his classes.

This is my sheep milk!!!! I milked Charlotte this morning. And she must trust me much more, because she let down a lot more milk today. She was wild as a fox when we got her, and now she is gentle and lets you pet her a bunch. She is a food hog, so that helps. If you bring her treats, you are her best friend.

This is the Hymnal that the Sustaires bought for me. It is a Sacred Harp Hymnal, and they attended a Annual Sacred Harp Singing this weekend and enjoyed it very much. I enjoy music and especially Hymns, so this is a very special thing to me. I already have two other Hymnals that I enjoy very very much. They are Baptist Hymnals, and one is pretty old. I bought it for fifty cents at a Antique store. What a steal!!

Well, I have to go water our garden, so
Until Next Time,
Tracy Bunker
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this update and pictures, Tracy. Very nice looking soap, Danielle. I bet that was a fun "process" to learn.

Neat that you're able to milk your ewe, Tracy. Is that a pint jar with the handle? Is she also nursing her lamb(s)? Good job calming her down and milking her! How are your gardens doing? It's still barely into the 50's here occasionally, but I finally got my tomato and pepper plants started in trays. Need to start broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage yet. Have a wonderful week.


7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S.Tracy~Meant to include....very nice looking hymnal the Sustaires gave you. I love music and singing too. Enjoy worshipping from it!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Bunker Children said...

Yes, that is a pint jar with a handle. we have about twenty of them, as we get them cheap at the local grocer filled with delicious jam, so we use them for drinking glasses. This on I saved the lid, so that I could store milk in it. I wrote the word Sheep on the top, so it is only a milk jar.

She nurses her lambs, too. She has them all day, then I take them away about seven PM. And then after I milk her at seven AM, I let the lambs back out and they stay with her for the rest of the day.

It is forty degrees with a frigid windchill here right now! And it is supposed to get to freezing tonight, so we will have to cover the peach trees and non-hardy veggies tonight. But it is usually pretty and arm here around this time of year. It was so hot yesterday, but it helps to have a freeze to kill of bugs and stuff. :)

You sound like you are going to have quite a harvest, Lord Willing. You have a nice week, too, Mrs Haggerty, and thanks for your comment!

Tracy Bunker

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Alison said...

Hi Tracy,
Sacred Harp music is amazing! We sing a lot of that style at the church we are going to.

12:47 PM  

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