Routine is the key word right now. Living on a small farm with critters means you need routine to make them happy, and that makes me happy. I have to say, everyone is happy right now! I'm playing with the cats as I write this and drink coffee while listening to some Joy Division. Plus there was the first snowfall of the season, so woot and cheers to the white. I really like winter by the way, for real! Putting on my winter bibs and tromping around in waist high snow makes me feel good.
To divert from the snow, I want to use this blog to remind everyone that I am taking soap share orders. If you order within the next week I can guarantee it to be ready for Christmas time. So you have until November 8th to put in orders. My soap shares are great gifts. You choose how long you want your share to last, and every month you get three bars sent to you in the mail. Or you can choose to get the packages sent to a different recipient. I make goat milk soaps with different scents and combinations of dried herbs/flowers. My big seller is the black soap made with activated charcoal and tea tree oil scent. Plus you are helping support a critically endangered goat breed called the San Clemente Island goats. Their milk goes into the soaps I make, along with producing enough milk for home use drinking, baking, and cheese making!
Here is a link for the soap shares. Check out the rest of my items for sale in the store section. I don't have a whole lot to offer at the moment, but you can always send me and email if you have any questions.
Yup, I ripped off the title of a David Bowie song! Though it is totally appropriate for life in general, but specifically the BIG MOVE! EB Ranch has moved 4 miles north west-ish down the road to a bigger property and a funky house. 40 acres total with 5 cleared and the rest wooded with beautiful paths and an overabundance of mushrooms(I'm not complaining.) I don't know what any of the mushrooms are but I will remedy that next year and get some expert mushroom advice.
Bob and I have been moved for less than a month and we are still moving outside things like fencing and building materials. Luckily the person who bought the old place is an acquaintance and is letting us take our time moving such things. Right now the big project is taking down old fencing, moving it, then re-fencing. Before all of that we had the normal house move, simple enough but we had our bumps. After a week of living at the new place but needing to still go to the old place to do chores it was high time to move the farm critters. After work every day I would go an pick up a couple of a certain type of animal. The first to be moved where my broiler chickens, then the turkeys, on to the goats. Last but not least I had help moving 30 laying hens and 6 geese, which I was rewarded with a pinching bite from an angry lady goose for stressing her out. With a lot of help from my friends all of this was done as quickly as possible and all the animals cozied right into the new place.
Temporarily I have the goats in the old garden with electric strand fencing. The geese are on their own pasture with electric net fencing borrowed from my lovely friend Khaiti. The goats happily ate down the garden and are fertilizing it for me for next year. I need to think about winter fencing and housing for everybody. Bob made temporary tarp huts for the goats, which are fine for now. We are thinking about making portable huts, or finding some quonset hut style housing for everyone. I want to create a super duper rotation for all critters next year. I have a small fruit orchard the geese can get pastured under, there is a potential hay field that could use some fertility from the power of poop. Thinking about the short term still requires a lot of thought for the long term.
We still need to move our hoop house and build a new shed on the property. Well actually the new shed will be built out of our own used building materials, but we need hay storage and a place to store other large items. I need to start thinking about where I want to plant garlic and till up a spot. Game plans of changed a bit and I need to think about what I really want to do on the farm. I'm working 40 hours a week at other jobs, but that will back off a bit starting in November. I still want to focus on goat milk soap, very small scale meat CSA shares, scale up on growing mushrooms. I also have my own interests which are art and music and what to incorporate. Bob and I have been working on a blues band project for quite a few years, we recently found an AMAZING cool cat drummer and that project has been taking leaps and bounds. I also want to start a more simple punk band in the future to help with my bass playing and just have fun. There is also the oodles of art I want to and need to work on. I have a new art room just asking for chaos to be created. Seriously, I want to do everything while still finding downtime for myself. I think it can happen!!
Currently I'm just trying to reset a regular schedule for myself and all the animals. The critters strive when they know what's going to happen and when. So that means I have to take the dogs for long walks in the woods...darn! There is much more to say, but I"ll try to wrap this blog up. More to come soon! Enjoy the pictures and thanks so much for all the support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.