We had a dream, like so many others before us, to live a simple and sustainable life on our own organic farm... so we drove from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, and we've been here nearly 6 years. We love life, learning, and sharing with others.
Follow our adventures as we build a vibrant small family farm and work towards self-sufficiency using a combination of traditional methods, permaculture and original ideas.
Here are some of our photos from shearing yesterday. It was such a wonderful day for it and not too many bugs. Of course the sheep now look really slim and bony without their thick winter coats.
Tyrone our Cotswold Ram before his trim
It never fails. No matter how late we
shear the sheep we're almost guaranteed a cool night or a wet one and
last night was no exception with temperatures getting down to the
freezing mark. Seems to be Murphy's Law. But they're sure happy to be
able to scratch their skin and not be so hot in the afternoons. The
lambs did look at them a little strangely though and Tyrone our ram
decided it was a good time to try courting these new ladies which was
less than acceptable to the girls, lol. They didn't take long to all
calm down again though so everyone's happy. Although it was down to
the freezing mark overnight it dawned sunny very early and it's
already in the low teens now at 10am. so it's a perfect day for
gardening. I plan on getting out there in a half hour once the dishes
are washed. A couple of the kids are home today so I have some extra
Tomorrow is another big day in our
family. Jordan turns 16 so he'll be able to learn to drive and start
dating if he wants to. I think that tonight we'll have a BBQ and cake
because Steve will be home and then we'll let Jordan decide if he
wants to do anything on the weekend with his friends. So we'll have 3
boys at home all able to drive soon. Scary!
I spent a good amount of time with my
companion planting charts designing our vegetable rows for this year
and I think I've got it all done now. So all that remains is to get
planting. I've got to get my peas and beans in but I think it's still
too cold for corn. I might try it and see how it goes though over a
small area. If it doesn't sprout then I can just re-plant. But corn
and beans really don't like cool soil. Cabbages, lettuce and peas of
course like cooler weather so they're good. A garden always involves
quite a lot of planning because so many factors affect them.
Temperature, light requirements, and maturity dates. It really is
worthwhile taking some time to plan your years growing and including
your different successions as the seasons change. It helps with
knowing when to start transplants and what plants will shade others
in hot weather, which ones will take a lot of water and which will
take a lot of fertility or put nitrogen back into the soil. Anything
that helps you out is a blessing.
So now you know what we're doing this
week I have to get going and get to work. Have a wonderful day!