I can not tell you what a pleasure it is to finally have sunshine! All I want to do is be outside. I keep dragging my children outside for every little bit of sunshine we can get as well as working in the garden. Wee man is getting more sun then I would like...he won't keep hats on. Apparently wee ones don't like things on their heads once they figure out they can take them off themselves. Makes you wonder if they are simply tolerating it up until the point of realizing, "HEY, I don't have to deal with this BS anymore! I can remove it MYSELF." And they do. Over and over and over again... I have yet to find a successful hat. But hoods, oh hoods work! They don't come off! They don't have a brim either... but much to the chagrin of my wee one, they don't come off.
Do I care that the first bit of sunshine we get in the morning is still while it's in the 30's...NOPE! It's SUNSHINE dagnabit! I am sunshine deprived. It's warm and blissful just to have it kiss my skin! Did I mention, it's not rain! YAY! IT'S NOT RAIN!
So what have we been up to here? LOTS and LOTS! We have 7 lambs! I have had two little rams that I have to keep nursing back to health but now they are eating grass and getting strong. I'm not entirely sure what's going on with the one, but the other one is a triplet and his mom isn't entirely thrilled with his presence. It's sad. But her two beautiful ewe babies are growing and thriving so I guess I can't complain. The ram isn't dieing either and I am no longer supplementing so that indicates he is getting something (although he may be sneaking off the other ewe's as I saw him going after another one of them yesterday). I feel really bad for him but he is also really bad at taking a bottle and really difficult to supplement. I'm not sure why, just seems to be the case for him.
We are going to have baby rabbits within a couple days. So that's pretty exciting! I am entertaining the idea of moving them into a colony setup, I just have to figure out the layout so I can get them set up. I am considering some sort of earthen rammed floor so that they can be on the ground but am not sure if that will work with their urine (and burrowing). Cement is the common thing people use in some sort of shelter. I really don't want to keep them inside without access to fresh air (and ventilation, etc.) so I am considering a hoop house with sides that roll up. We shall see how that one evolves. Either way I am going to be moving them up close to the garden so that I can use their manure in the garden and possibly set up a worm bin to use it even better.
The garden is coming along quite nicely. I am hand digging raised beds on contour. I will have to get some pictures here shortly. I am also nearly done putting in an herb spiral (pictures to come) which I am not entirely sure will remain standing as it's my first adventure with stacking stone but we shall see! I am planning to have it loaded with herbs so maybe it won't be an issue! All the roots will hold it together right? Well maybe not, but a girl can hope. We also purchased some shrubs and fruit tree's from Prospect Rock Permaculture. They are having their plant sale again this weekend and we are probably going back to get a few more things. I have my heart set on a Peach tree but it may have to wait for next year. The reason I want it is more to do with the medicinal benefits of Peach then with the fruit truth be told. We also got some Honeyberry (Lonicera caeruleashrubs), Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa), Seaberry (Hippophae rhamnoides), and Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). We also got two cherry trees which I need to do a bit more research on.
Well I plan on writing more later. I am currently taking a Permaculture Design Course and outside as much as possible but really want to start keeping track better of our journey.
Mrs's J <3
Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.