Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Independence Days Challenge

Our days are busy these days. There is plenty of sunshine and plenty of chores to catch up on. There has been a nice breeze which helps to keep the black flies at bay. But we could use some rain.

The garden is getting planted or covered in a thick mulch of barn gleanings ( a nice way to say poo) and mulch hay. On Thursday a student at the University comes to see if she would like to rent our home. If this works out we will be moving sooner than we hoped. So I may just leave much of the garden heavily mulched. We'll see...

Mark has started to shear the sheep. He started with the rams. Rama-lamba gave him a hard time. It was a true test of wills. Splog-Bob in true rasta romney fashion was easy going.We will have pictures this weekend of our ladies sans woolly coats.

I can't wait to see the girls naked. They were given to us last summer when they had a pretty good coat on. They are ten years old. When Mark started the shears up this past weekend on the rams these girls just began chatting away like ladies waiting at the hair dressers:)

So, the Independence Days Challenge is starting slowly this year. Mark and I have had conversations about what we could put up this year if we don't have a garden. We plan to u-pick strawberries, blueberries, apples. We are planting an early variety of potatoes and will buy a 50lb bag of storage spuds. If we get into the house early we can get some tomatoes, corn and winter squash in the ground. We'll know soon and be able to plan but for now it is all just rough sketching...

Plant: more peas, potatoes, broccoli, French Sorrel, Lettuce

Harvest: spinach, scallions, asparagus

Preserve: nothing but the chive blossom are almost ready....

Local Food: milk, local beef

Eat the Food: greens salads..just can't get enough:)

Waste Not: Took a big load of stuff to the thrift store, composting, recycling

Want not: Wee one's 4th birthday is tomorrow. We have a couple of handmade projects to finish up. I've been picking up canning jar lids every week to build up a bit of a supply. But I would like to try these reusable lids.

Well, gotta get to work. Have a good day!


farmama said...

Hi Krin!
Your sheep are gorgeous! Shearing day is one of my most favorite days of the entire year. I love that your husband is doing the shearing himself. Does he use electric clippers or hand shears? I did the shearing myself one year with a pair of hand shears.....it took me a long time to get the job done! I'm super excited because we're getting some CVM sheep in July!
I hope you are well and enjoying spring......it sure looks like you are!
sending love,

Wendy said...

Happy birthday to wee-one :). We have a load of birthdays this month, starting today with Deus Ex Machina's niece and ending on the 31st with Big Little Sister's big day (she'll be a teenager - egads! - I'm pretty sure I'm not ready for that again ... although, I'm pretty sure, it will be different this time around ;).

Got my fingers crossed that your place rents ;).

Wendy said...

What a lot of hard work. Do you spin your wool? Hope you get into your house in time to have some sort of garden!

Robj98168 said...

Those reusable lids look interesting... may have to buy a couple dozen to try them
Happy Birthday to the little man!!!