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Chickens Coming Home to Roost

This phrase couldn’t be any more true. Last week we were blessed to have Walt build a chicken coop out of the scrap wood and pallets that we had strewn about. It is amazing what he can do.

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He is the man! There is a lot of projects that he has done that have exceeded our expectations. And now that we have the necessary area for some chickens, I have been doing a lot of searching for the right one’s to start a flock of our own!

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We have been looking at getting some Wheaten Marans, which are extremely beautiful birds that lay the coveted chocolate eggs. I never even knew that there was a colour scale for eggs! It is very exciting to think of all the amazing changes that are going on here at this farm (The Mighty Lichen). I am very proud to be a part of this team.

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Thank you, Dear Reader, for you time. I will be posting as progress continues.

For the love of #Farming

Dear Reader,

It has been a long five days. And tough is an understatement. There has been so much to do that sometimes it is really hard to keep track of all the little things that need to be taken care of. I try my best to keep up, however. This year is going to be much different than last year. I can tell already for sure.

The team here is very solid. There are very many things that we are occupying our time with. I’ve finished a whole new pen for the goats so that they can start browsing on some nice green foliage.

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There was a huge black berry bramble that was strangling two apple trees that we cut back. Dirt is standing there staring at this monster of a bush. We planted six more apple trees in the area that we cleared. Now, that we have finished that, we are planning to make more terraces to expand our vegetable garden.

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We bought several new olive and fig trees to add to our collection. Although some of them were pretty small, there was a really mature one that I’m glad we were able to get in the ground within the week or so that we bought it. It’s a good looking tree, and I’m sure that because of it’s location, it won’t be getting eaten by the deer that ravaged our garden last year. It is a beautiful Manzanilla Olive.

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Our good friend Walt who is an extremely skilled carpenter and builder has come to help us realise our dreams of making a chicken coop. It’s amazing what he can do in just two days. It’s not exactly complete, but we are looking at a another day or so. It is really great that he was able to make this with scrap wood and the extra pallets that we had been laying about taking up space.

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Dirt was helping him out.

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It isn’t exactly completed, but as you can see it is on it’s way to becoming a wonderful home for some chickens! The design is great because we will be able to access eggs with ease. Those roosts are going to be accessible from the back with doors that swing upwards.

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All-in-all it has been very exciting to see all this progress happening for this coming year. I know that my recent posts have been more about updates, but I can’t help but feel joy about all the things that we are doing.

Post Scriptum- I hope you like my last poem, it would be nice to get some feed back. Thanks Dear Reader!

Diggin’

Digging, digging, and more digging. That has pretty much been the last couple of days. Although we have completed the goat fence (I will post photos in a future post), we have been setting up areas to plant more apple trees. In recognition of the holiday “Tu’bishvat” we have planted many trees. And as you can imagine, there was a lot of digging to be done. Not to mention that we are digging a huge culvert at the upper terrace to divert water from our second pond.

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One of the trees that we planted was this Manzanillo Olive. It is such a beautiful plant. We have other varieties, but none are as large as this one. This post is going to be short, and I hope to have more photos coming up soon. Probably in my next post. Thank You Dear Reader for your time.

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Post Scriptum- That’s my best friend Dirt and the olive tree after getting it completely in the ground.

Clone Success

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So these are photos of fig trees. Although I don’t know what kind of fig they are. They come from a well established tree that is one the property that surrounds the bathhouse. A very beautiful tree that is full of fruit and also wrapped in grape vines. It is truly one of the more beautiful sites here.

This is the first time that I’ve ever actually cloned anything, and with much success!

I was very surprised that they took to the clone machine like they did. I have heard that you can just stick a branch into the ground and they will take. But we decided to use some root hormones to give the little guys a boost. And now we will be planting them in a couple of months from now. We have the perfect spot for them up at a second pond, however, I fear that they are going to be subject to being eaten by a local deer that has devastated our crops before.

Either way, we are going to do it. Thank You, Dear Reader. I’m very excited to have done this trial of cloning with success and I hope that I will have a photo of our endeavors as they come.

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And Then the Wine Was Gone… So It Goes

Let me cut to the chase, Dear Reader, I have had a romantic rendezvous with a gorgeous girl. To describe her briefly, she was (or is I should say) bright and funny. And I can help to think really nerdy in subtle ways. She laughed at my jokes and made it fun to hang out. Her beauty was that which inspired in me a new outlook on the temporance of age.

Although now, the resentment for my stupidity about the situation has all but grown. It is my fault however. The falling out is what is getting to me.

Perhaps its the fact that I havent had a connection in a long time, if you could even call it a connection. Knowing that I am one of many is kind of disheartining. However, it is just as well.

Falling for someone who really isn’t interested in you, or at least only interested mostly on a surface level like sex and physical attractions, is tough. And one would think that one would know by now. Well, that isn’t the case.

The truth is, it was discussed openly and I went for it anyway. Not knowing that I was going to connect so well… Or at least in my mind I did. Which again was a mistake. It was just something about her. Even if we were just friends with benefits for a brief moment.

My question is, “do people normally fall for others for such simple things?”

An example would be the way she would swing back and forth with her fingers in her belt loops. Wearing her glasses and smiling at me. Being able to hold someone is nice. But when it effects your capacity to function, it has become something more out of control.

I won’t kiss and tell more than I already have, but I will say that the amount of lust was overwhelming. In both good and bad ways. It was everything I wanted and more. If I was one to be putting down my sex life, it would be a very long post.

I understand that this blog is about cohesive relationships and Permaculture and gardening/farming, but this is part of all that. Having a sound mind and being able to express one’s self is important. Without a platform to do this, things may go south quickly.

As of right now you, Dear Reader, are the only one I’ve told these things too. And yes, I know I should talk to someone around me, but with everyone so busy all the time, I don’t think I want to put my problems on others when they may have their own. If someone were to ask, I’d spill my guts. But for now, talking to strangers just seems appropriate.

Thank You Dear Reader for your time and patience.

Motivation

A lot has been going on these last couple days, but it has slowed down considerably. We have been talking about improvements to the farm.

In comparison to another farm I was at, this one is a bit more loose. Which is something that I think can and should be improved on. Although, it takes a lot to get there, I know that we can do it.  Thinking of how much easier tasks could be with a tighter ship. So to speak.

I tend to be less inclined to take on tasks when I can’t find what is needed for the job.

I believe, Dear Reader, that it is okay to have fun on the farm. But when fun turns into people not doing dishes or perhaps leaving trash around or leaving tools out, than there is a problem.

Sometimes, even communicating doesn’t get through to people and the problems persist.

I don’t mean to complain, but it gets difficult. Regardless, being here on the farm has been another great learning experience. I am beginning to take on more responsibilities. Which is why having a messy work space can be agitating.

“Direct action gets the cookies” so-they-say. And I suppose that it is best to just lead by example. Thank you, Dear Reader for your time.

The Goat Pen

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This project was one helluva job. The greatest part was working with folks who know what they are doing. Even though it isn’t perfect, we got there. It was hard work, but knowing that soon we would have goats is something that kept us going.

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It took five days to complete, and nearly half way through, I find out that the goats would be pygmy goats. We basically built them a mansion. But that’s okay.

After so many hours of digging and moving Earth, we finally got to the finishing stages.

The pen wasn’t finished when the goats arrived, but we had temporary home before we finished it up.

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Doing the roof was fun until we put in the shingles, which made it even more hot than it was before.

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All in all, it turned out well. And even though we weren’t finished when the goats got here, we were able to get it completed and now we have goats to show for it.

They are really small and knowing that they’ll have a large enough space makes me feel better about putting in a giant shelter for them.

Now the goat husbandry begins. They are a bit shy, and tend to hide, but I feel like they’ll come around soon enough. My guess, of course, is that they will need plenty of interaction.

Thank You, Dear Reader.