It took less than an hour to turn up the soft earth behind the barn and now I just want to do it again. I have plans to expand the little Kailyard to two more sections. This is extremely exciting because for the first time ever I'll be ordering seeds in "bulk". I used quotations there because by bulk I mean not-in-a-single-packet-you-coul-use-as-a-bookmark". I'll probably just order a few pounds of kale, taters, onions and fall garlic. And while this is a small step towards more intense backyard production it still feels wonderful. It feels the way ordering those first chicks in the mail did, or baking that first loaf of bread. This little backyard in the mountains is a place you can get things to eat. That makes me mighty happy.
I'm writing you with a black and blue mark on my right thigh the size of an angry strawberry. It's from a goose bite, I kid you not. I got too close to the nesting gals and my gander, Cyrus, got me right under the kilt. In five years of goose ownership this has never happened in such a way and I'm hoping it's because there are goslings on the way soon.
The pigs (who are far less confrontational) are doing well and I am on a hunt for a third if I can get it. Pigs are hard to come by this year due to some issues producers are having with a disease wiping out farrows. It's not a good story, but once the pigs get to shoat size they are free and clear. I am not aware of any local cases, and that is a relief for sure. Have any of you guys had a problem finding feeder hogs?
I need to admit that the smell of the first farm-harvested bird of the year is filling the house with the best smell I know ovens can create. I'm following the method of Hugh's River Cottage Meat Book (the best book anyone eating farm-raised meat could buy) and it is making me so happy that I skipped meals earlier today. Hunger is the best sauce, as Juniper Mackenzie would say.
On that note this short check in will wrap up, but I wanted to add that there are two spots now open for Goats & Soap workshop and two more left for Beekeeping with Zan Asha in two weeks! Also plenty of room at the horse workshop, so join the crew to learn about that dream pony. I'd love to meet you fine people!