Welcome to MY ADVENTURE OF DAILY LIFE. I have long since wanted and been encouraged to document the plethora of items I work on, learn, and in general tinker with. I travel and experience new things far and wide and love to share what I gain from them. Here I am sharing with you not just the amazing but the every day as well. They may not fall under the category of "daring adventure" but I am usually having a blast doing them. Enjoy!
We just can't seem to stop attracting more animals to this homestead!
This gorgeous gentle giant is Brutus. We don't think the name suits him at all but it's what he came with, so we will keep it for now. Brutus' owner couldn't keep him any more due to a divorce. We have a fun loving pack and lots of land. Sounds like a great match right? Well so did we and so he arrived this past week. Brutus is a Great Pyrenees and they typically make wonderful livestock guardian dogs. Unfortunately for us, Brutus is scared of even the newly hatch chicks, so we won't be counting on him for too much. He is 6 and just looking for a place to live out his old years. He is a great cuddler and very sweet, so we don't mind that he wouldn't guard a fly.
We also got ducks! Ducks are great for slug control! I have seen a few videos of people with berry farms who say they couldn't do what they do with out them. These are Mallard ducks (in with chicks shown here) and I am hoping to get a few Muscovy quackers later on in the spring. I think ducks are incredibly cute so I am hoping these guys work out well!
Looking at this picture here, does that black one remind you of any children's stories??? Only time will tell!
I'm looking forward to this year's jam and jelly making. We are starting to sell some items that we make on the farm and I would like to add these jars of sweet goodness to the roster. We made blackberry jam that was really really good but the star of the show last year was the ground cherry jam. Ground cherries taste like a cross of pineapple and mango and have to be one of my favorite things we grow here. The jam is so incredible and looks like honey.
I'm not sure why all the seeds rose to the top but I will try again this year.
In addition I am excited to add some new and unusual items to the jam experiments. I ordered seeds for the Serviceberry Bush and the Dead Man's Finger Shrub. I know! I burst out laughing too when I saw the name of that last one!
Dead Man's Finger Shrub produces a long blue finger looking thing that is "sweet but insipid". Not sure what that means but let's make a jam out of it shall we??? Just in time for selling in October I hope. Hee hee hee!
Serviceberry produces a sweet berry much like the blueberry. Another interesting one to add to the mix. According to the website I got them at, the are also known as shadbush, shadwood, shadblow, sarvisberry, wild pear, juneberry, saskatoon, sugarplum, wild-plum, and chuckley pear!
In this same order I also ordered a Linden Tree. This tree is a permaculture powerhouse! The leaves are very mineral rich and make a great compost. They can also be steamed in place of spinach for eating. The flowers attract lots of bees and make a wonderful honey. They are also one of the ingredients in "Bedtime" teas!
Look for our jams for sale later this summer!
It's baby chick time!
My husband surprised me last week with a drop by at work. It's always nice to see him but he also had a surprise in the back seat. Peeps! He picked up 24 Cornish crosses and 4 Silver Laced Wyandots. Now we have them at home in the living room in a special "coffee table" that is equipped with heat lamps, feeders, and water.
This year we have decided to start sharing our good home grown food with our neighbors and will offer extra meat chickens, pigs, and anything we grow in the garden for sale. We have been hearing a lot of success stories in surrounding areas of people offering good humane and clean food.
We can do that too!
So here we are with baby chicks in the living room, starting our working farm.