For a brief few moments I snuck away from these walls and roamed around the farm. Just me and my new camera. Until I heard the thunder of hooves behind me…and just about had a hear attack I will admit. I may or may not have actually jumped and felt that panic swell up and those prickles. That girl of ours…she loves her horse. She plays tag with the other kids, and man tracker or kid tracker I guess…on her horse. I still don’t know how they do it and I have chosen to remain ignorant for fear of spoiling their game. You know, that mamma worry.
Then along came another couple of girls, one cuddled up warm in a blanket on the lap of her older sister. Oh the snuggles of a new born.
I found pumpkins out on my walk…lots and lots of them! White ones and little teeny ones and pie pumpkins and massive pumpkins. And gourds…even a few birdhouse gourds that I think I will keep and try my hand at turning into birdhouses. Anyone need pumpkins? Mmmm…pumpkin pie!
I’m ever so happy to have a camera again! I will be around far more often now.
It is getting chilly out there…time to start a fire I think. And chase cows. Because yes, they escaped once again. Our poor neighbours. I think I might have to bring them a roast:)
These last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. At the end of a very long day we take head counts, try to remember to be sure everyone has bathed (or at the least has clean feet!) and fall into bed. At least we know everyone is well fed…if one of our littles is hungry we can be sure to find him in the strawberry field! But wow, what an amazing blessing it has been to really feel support from the people around you, from the community around you. We have had neighbours and church friends whom we have just met bring us baking and even pick me a basket of berries! We have had words of encouragement and emails and phone calls just to say thanks. We are just truly grateful. And excited. Excited to keep working and growing and planning. Actually very excited to get some of these weeds under control again! The weather has turned a bit unpredictable with sun and mists and downpours today. And the pickers…what troopers some are to stay out there picking in the pouring rain! I watch from the shelter of our market awning! I guess I am not such a trooper:)
I have missed telling of some of the excitement around here before all the picking began! Our duck. We had four and one morning we awoke to find out that our Cayuga drake was gone. Sigh. I guess tis life on a farm but it is still frustrating. And so we had three…two Khaki Campbell’s and our Cayuga. They were a team. They waddled everywhere together. When I tilled the garden, there they were and so we decided to put them away until the young and vulnerable shoots of our gardens came up and were not eaten down by hungry ducks. I guess this is when we noticed that our Cayuga was sitting sporadically on a clutch of eggs. She had lovingly made herself a nest on my vine (which is no longer ) and would sit here and there. Guess she knew what she was doing. She sat longer and longer as the days went on and just as I was about to call them all for not, we spotted a crack in one of her eggs. One by one they hatched as we all sat nearby to catch a glimpse of a tiny duckling that would peek out from under mama. She has eight in all. And we even managed to pick a couple up, these brand new lives that had started on the farm. Truly amazing.
And then the bees. Poor, neglected bees they are right now. I am not sure they mind being left alone for awhile. We are really new to all this. We got them primarily for pollination but will eventually enjoy their blessings of honey!
There is a catch up on the farm. Berries still look and taste amazing. We had no idea what to expect with them but are very pleased to see so many still hanging on the plants. And so sweet. So, the picking continues! What a great first season for our family and farm:)
The season is upon us…and I really think as fast as it crept up, it will be gone. Isn’t that just the way life goes. And so we try to enjoy it. And we have been…meeting so many people, seeing so many familiar faces. We are learning as we go here, this year will not be perfect, there is already so much we wish we knew. But it is worth the adventure. We are committed to growing organically, this gives us even more to learn! These berries are so big and juicy and sweet, we are just thankful for this year. And what next year brings is not in our hands. We will just keep going and growing and moving forward in this adventure.
And taking naps as need be:)
Time has been flying by! So we’ll back track a bit…we spent a week field prepping before planting-tilling and picking stones that grow really well here! We started planting the week of May 9…but had to stop due to rain. We were able to finish up last week though! With the heat and some rain, the plants are looking good, Lord willing they stay that way!! We did run into a big snag…a rather large one. It actually took hours to dig out and after breaking our chain and borrowing a neighbour’s, with the help of the tractor and the skid steer, we were able to pull the boulder out from it’s place (which was completely in the way) and put it on display! Everyone has been working hard planting…weeding…weeding…weeding!
I managed to finish a sign for our farm yard on a wet day. I still have more to do but it looks like there are more rain days in the future.
And shearing day has come and gone. It was our first time shearing our alpacas. They look rather ridiculous now! So we have our first bags of fibre…that is work for another day.
The kids have managed to sneak in a little fun time…some horseback riding, some baseball. We were able to sneak away for a Sunday afternoon and have a much awaited, and much loved visit with Mr. Cramb himself! It was so nice to sit and talk with him and his daughter, to ask questions on the history of this farm and what things were like. There is a history page coming but we will forever be grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Cramb for allowing us to come and ask them (very out of the blue and never having met them before!) to sell us their beloved home and farm yard all those years ago. And so we cherish the heritage, the history, the love that has gone before us into this farm. We will forever remember the visits even before we moved in, the recipes Mrs. Cramb shared, the now cherished possessions they left behind. This visit with Mr. Cramb on that sunny Sunday afternoon was a visit we will never forget, and we are so thankful for.
Not exactly the weekend we would like for the first one of April! As the snow started yesterday late in the afternoon, driving home from getting the cutest little pigs, I assured myself it wasn’t supposed to amount to much. But when I turned down the highway that leads to our road, it was white. It was snowing hard. It was a little depressing. We want to see green grass, see the birds back from their journeys, walk outside with no jackets. But what we have instead is a lesson in patience…and thankfulness. So, on this lazy “winter’s” afternoon, I will be grateful for yet another day of no weeding or planting or raking…because it will be upon us before we know it!
The little ones asked, in a slightly horrifying voice, if we were going to eat them. I tried to assure them that they really wouldn’t stay cute all that long. But I fear we may have problems yet when I overheard them talk of putting a halter on them to take them around the yard! I am sure they will lose interest!
Our strawberries are blanketed in white once again. And as thankful as I am trying to be cozied up to a fire, it will be oh so nice to see green in that field once again!
Happy Weekend! Enjoy it!