A Place For The Future Past

Baby goats!
May 29, 2006, 5:27 am
Filed under: Community On The Earth

This morning, I noticed that Lulu’s udder was full and she was carrying her babies lower. So, babies today. Sure enough, this afternoon she had a beautiful big boy and a sweet little girl. Well, Lady was not to be outdone, she decided to have HER baby today too — a BIG girl. Both ladies still look pretty big to me but that may be all for today.

All three babies needed a little coaxing to come out, I’m glad I was home. Lulu’s boy and Laly’s girl were good sized — and Lulu’s girl came out backwards.

This is Lulu’s fourth set of babies, and I’m thrilled to see that her udder has improved every time. Lady has always been exceptional, and I was hoping that got passed down to Lulu, but her first freshening was disappointing. Not so this time!

Everyone is sorting things out. Tonight the nursery is closed to the dry yearlings, much to their disappointment. And Lulu’s elder daughters are on their own tonight — time for big girls to grow up. 😉


Not my bees
May 23, 2006, 11:21 pm
Filed under: Fun on the Road

Donna Here — I don't want to garner sympathy.  Those weren't my bees; they belonged to the guy who was going to sell them to me.

But I'm on his list!  And a lot of people here want the bees too.

Overcoming the hurdles
May 23, 2006, 2:24 pm
Filed under: Community On The Earth

JoAnne here.

It is especially hard to face a case of vandalism — with all the challenges one needs to face in any endeavor, dealing with human sabotage is cruel and unfair. My heart goes out to you, Donna.

I had several years of tension with an evil neighbor — a nasty little man who lived next door and did all sorts of horrible things to my property and to my goats. I finally had to spring for a cheap video surveillance system — but I think it was the sign warning “video surveillance” that did the trick — we never had any trouble after that. That he finally moved out helped too! (Since then, the setup had enabled my son to catch a petty thief at his apartment — handy little gadget!) Bullies who vandalize are cowards at heart.

On this front, I sat with my neighbors Sunday and signed a buyers agreement, starting the ball rolling to sell my place, woohoo! Then the next day came with the news that if the mobiles were on the property at the time of selling them they would have to pass inspection — which they ain’t gonna do. HA! It doesn’t make sense — if they were even CLOSE to being able to pass inspection, I would be selling for mucho $$ more. Duh!
It’s like when I was trying to refi my place before — I wanted to get equity funds to repair my place, in anticipation of selling it. They said it would have to pass inspection first. Huh? I told them if I could afford repairs now, I wouldn’t be coming to them for the money for repairs.
Well, we will work that problem through with my neighbors and find a different way. It’s never simple, is it?

In the meantime Sunday I also enlarged the Goat Gazebo for the now VERY large preggos — less than two weeks to go! I also went on a shopping foray with Emilie, securing the supplies necessary to get her set up for the pheasant chicks that are also due to arrive in about two weeks.

And, I gave Maria another nudge.

Damn people.
May 21, 2006, 11:51 pm
Filed under: Fun on the Road

The bee situation is a little slowed down.  Somebody vandalized the hives.

Damn humans.  Turns out we re-bred with the chimps after we'd become almost separate species.  And it looks like it was chimp males and human females.  Okay, how many times have we jokingly said that it seemed as though male and female humans were like two different species?

Sons of the Earth, evidently, as opposed to Daughters of the Earth.

Dying to be there
May 17, 2006, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Community On The Earth

Oh, Godlets, I want to be there helping with this.

Instead, I'm helping to rebuild Clallam Bay and its Arts Festival. 

I have a feeling I can't leave until I have done so.  The day will come when this place has its own co-op selling all local edibles, and the honey industry will be in full swing.

I've already got at least four people want bees, and one guy has a bunch of hives gifted him.  However, I've told him repeatedly to get 'em tested for diseases before anybody takes 'em.

Getting Ready
May 15, 2006, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Fun on the Road

JoAnne here.

It's been a week that flies by if you don't look twice. I got a nursery pen built with a section of modular goat barn inside. It will easily lift out and travel by truck. I think I might try to get a new milking shed built along its front — just another modular piece that will also lift out and reassemble later. Best of all, the new pen and shed were built all with salvaged and supplies on hand. I will get new hinges and hardware later, but for now, no money's been spent. There's a definite sense of winning a game there.

Jacque (my buyer/neighbor) has told me that I'm welcome to take any and all plants. So a massive potting project is going on, whenever a bit of time permits. It will good news to any aspiring vintners — I have two eighteen year old grapevines that produce the most flavorful small white grape. We will just need to dig these enormous plants first — and get them moved and re-established.

Meanwhile, I continue to pester Maria.

Bees and Wood
May 6, 2006, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Fun on the Road

Out here I'll be negotiating for wood later in the week.  I'm also looking locally for room to keep 1/2-wild Black Russian Caucasian bees on; hard workers, but they protect their hives like little Xenas.

I'm going to build myself as an agent for local farm products at the Forks Saturday Market, too.  I've got a food-handler's license (picked up while I was doing a story for the Forks Forum), so I can handle baked goods for folks.

I'm writing a grant for the local co-op grocery-store-planning committee.  One more thing I've learned to do.

It's all falling into place — I must be getting into training for the Folktalk farm!