Wednesday, February 23, 2011

And we continue to grow and prosper.  Since posting last we have had many changes to the property; all being very positive and an amazing learning experience for all.  It just occurred to me that our actions these past weeks have been very fast and sometimes furious, replicating the changing of seasons; from kind of windy to ridiculously windy.  You will see below just how much has changed in such a short time.

You can see that our little lamb friend that has many names ranging from Lucy, Lamb Chop, Skunk, Thumbelina Soria, Lamby to Lamb 1 has been growing by leaps and bounds.  She still does not bond with the sheep and is thus left in the goat pen where she enjoys three feedings a day along with grazing when she so pleases.  Little lamb is running, jumping, taking jaunts  to the mailbox (about 1/4 mile away) drinking over 4 cups of milk per day (she started at 35cc per feeding) and most importantly growing.  She made it!  Our first experience with a "bummer" lamb has been quite a huge learning curve.  We have learned many things including but not limited to: Lambs are outside creatures-even if they are sick, they urinate a lot in the house, need special attention and mothers mourn the loss of their child as Timothy and I have noticed in our unfortunate "Bummer 2" lamb who is being nursed by "Bummer 1"'s mother.  Unfortunately, another was born sickly and we are trying again to nurse this one to strength.  We have a lot of support as you can see by the picture below, with Amelia and Koel sharing the responsibility of holding the syringe filled with milk out to Lamby 2.

The chicks.  Yup, another major learning curve.  These small beings require 95 degrees, multiple daily water changes, constant food and at the beginning no dark.  We read, studied, got ready and when they arrived still we had no idea.  So, chicks we have learned eat a lot, drink a lot, require constant attention so that they may grow and certainly let you know when they are not totally satisfied.  We are getting a better understanding and yes, they are growing.  Their feathers are beginning to come out and some have begun to jump leaps and bounds (to the top of their drinker) and others are beginning to roost.
And then the French.  Where do we begin?  They arrived, only two weeks ago and have changed our farm lives dramatically.  We were joking with them the other day, stating that whatever we ask them to do they do amazingly leftovers, were totally consumed along with the Tupperware  cleaned and put away.  To say the least, they have been a total blessing.  How can one go wrong with a French chef and a French Master Carpenter and now, as of two days ago a French artist. Here is a short list of what these beautiful humans have done:  raised beds in the garden, fences and gates for the garden, a humanure toilet, a solar composting toilet, a tent site, an outdoor laundry, a solar clothes dryer, many delicious meals, numerous chores, help in the garden, cleaning and sorting of the adobe building to be used for future WWOOFRs, a cold frame, the beginning of a gray water system, unloaded and stacked 128 bails of hay,  and began the construction of an outdoor kitchen.  Look at the pictures below, and please pray to the WWOOFR gods to send more like them.  We love them.  And they are starting their journey across the USA soon. In all of this, we have thus planted peas, cilantro, collard, sunflowers, dill, cabbage, onions, chard.  Much more to follow!  Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for us,we are constantly learning from everyone and everything around us. 

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