Well it’s 2014 and I realize that I have been very quiet and I’ve neglected to update you all with all the happenings here on the farm. Rest assured that while I may have been quiet I was still very busy! So I guess I’ll give you a quick recap of some of what happened here in 2013.
Many of you have asked after our little ‘House Pig’. Apart from a little stiffness when she woke in the mornings, she made a full recovery – but who doesn’t feel a little stiff in the morning? She grew to be a good sized pig who thought she was part human, so it was a bit tough when slaughter day came. However, I can sleep easy at night knowing that she had a life where she felt the sun (and snow) on her back, wallowed in the mud and rooted in the dirt with her sisters. Oh, and lots of back scratching – everything a pig could possibly ask for!
Our bees did not fare so well and unfortunately succumbed to the constant cycle of freezing and thawing that we experienced last winter. We replaced them with a new nuc from our friends at Bello Uccello and are hoping that they will do better this winter. We made the decision not to collect honey from them this year but instead we gave them honey in the form of full honey supers that we saved from our previous hive. Hopefully this will have helped them to build a strong hive and give them the resources that they need to survive their first winter.
The garden was as productive as ever, giving us all the vegetables that we could possibly eat as well as plenty of soft fruits. It’s at this time of year that I truly appreciate my garden and am rewarded for all the hard work. Every time I open a can of tomatoes, a jar of strawberries or a bag of peas it’s like a blast of summer!
The immense satisfaction that I feel when I prepare a meal for my family using 100% ingredients from the farm is a feeling that I never tire of and makes it all worth while.
The comb back Windsor chairs had whale carvings on the arms, whale tails on the comb and were finished with black milk paint and Danish oil.
They looked absolutely stunning in the dining room of Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
A new project for me this year involved dusting off my trusty sewing machine. It’s been a few years since I had used it much so I played around with some old sheets which I recycled by dying it with fabric paints. Inspired by our rooster and the owls that I hear at night I sewed them up into some soft sculptured creatures. They were fun to make and I think that with plenty of snowy days still to come there will be more creatures that fly (or walk) out of my sewing room.
Right now I’m sitting here looking out the window at the snow covered garden and can hardly make out the contours of my raised beds. It’s hard to believe that in a few months I’ll be out there again with my hands in the warm dirt. In the last couple of weeks the thermometer has been as low as -20 Celsius. Is it really possible that the garden was ever green, that the soil was warm enough for seeds to germinate, or that the sun was actually hot enough to ripen tomatoes?