It looks like an awesome year for berries. The old established bushes are tall, filled with berries, and more blooms popping up daily. The newly transplanted bushes are growing like crazy.
We put in three blueberry bushes. These are planted in mounds of prepared soil. This should provide the acidity and drainage they need. We also put in three hardy kiwi vines. I’ve never tried them before and was really curious about the possibility. Hopefully all these plants will grow happily and be providing food in a couple of years.
I included a picture of the rabbit in her new space. She loves it! I’m happy because she stays cooler and dry. Nobody has to take her ice bottles when it is hot or cover her when it rains. Awesome progress! I’m very excited because next week Michael will start building my 2nd bunny house. I hope to bring home a new little one in just a few weeks. My girl is getting older and I can’t go without that magical manure that rabbits provide. They are truly my favorite farm critter.
The rabbits may be our only farm critter next year. We’re seriously discussing not keeping chickens anymore. It has a lot to do with day-to-day care and the monumental task of end of season clean up. The egg to feed cost benefit has been decreasing and I am increasingly unhappy with the feeds available. We aren’t eating nearly as many eggs as we have in the past. And if there is one thing about farm life I detest, besides the bugs, it is raising baby chicks. Just no, not again.
The family is doing very well. We have adjusted to Michael being home. He’s been doing a lot of projects and day-to-day care of the place. The yard looks amazing as he has time to keep up with it. We’re still only using and cutting a little more than an acre of our land. The remaining is growing wilder and wilder. And I love that. The tree line is slowly marching from the back boundary line to the house.
In my head, I imagine this place with a secret garden feel in the front yard, a small retirement house built where our current house sits, a workshop for wood and bikes, tiny house for Michael, and maybe a tiny house for Hannah (if she chooses to build here). I imagine a small vegetable garden, row upon row of fruit, trees shading and sheltering us all, and Jasper running through it all in his happy goofy business-like manner.
Kelly continues to commute by sharing a ride with Hannah, the bus, and his bike. He’s busy with summer work projects, learning computer stuff, and has been learning to maintain the bikes. He loves his bike; althoug that may be an understatement! It’s a feeling I understand. I find myself gazing at my bike quite fondly these days too. I’m riding daily, continuing my home yoga practice, and spending my days quietly productive. Hannah continues to do amazing work with her hands and her words. She amazes me with the way she puts words together to make a point. It’s a gift. Michael has been busy with the yard, categorizing the world of D&D/Pathfinder, and helping with the Saturday Farmers’ Market.