It is cloudy and cool this morning, dark and quiet, and I’m smiling because we had a bit more rain in the night. The world smells good and fresh and alive. Bear is pottering in the kitchen making us toasted egg rolls for brekky, and we are excited because Spring is nearly here.
Seed packets are scattered all over the dining room table, waiting for me to finish up writing assignments and decide what to put in the ground first: rosellas, sandpaper figs, or dragonfruit, ground hog radish, mouse melons, or strawberry beans, perhaps spiky cucumbers or curley dock. Gardening is my relaxation, the thing that grounds me after hours spent over a keyboard, and I’m looking forward to this weekend when I can dig in the dirt and plant all sorts of good things.
Our Kalahari Red goats are doing beautifully in spite of the drought and we’re thankful. Five of our young ones went to a new home last week and they’re now happy as clams, settled right in and growing like weeds.
All the birds are doing well too. The chickens LOVE their new palace Bear built them. It looks more like a beautiful art installation than a chook pen. Bear may be a farmer now, but you can’t take the artist out of him. The ducks have settled nicely into their new pen as well, luxuriating in daily baths in their new large water trough. And the geese have gone broody! I’m so excited to see goslings toddling about in a month or so.
This week we finally got to start eating from our gardens and it’s been marvelous! Snow peas, Napa cabbage, and asparagus, radishes, kale, and silverbeet, and yesterday I spotted the first of our Purple-podded Dutch peas. I can’t wait to shell bowls of those beauties.
This weekend we’re fencing in two orchards and planting apples, plums, assorted citrus, hazelnuts, grape vines, and chestnuts. When they’re all done we’ll move in families of ducks and geese to keep the grass and bugs in check. Bit by bit things are coming together and it feels wonderful.
What projects are you working on around your house? xo