Mopping Up the Details

It might take a while to get you all up to date! Let’s hope I can stay the course a bit longer this time. Though we will be drifting into bread baking a bit more often – this being a huge focus in my life. In the meantime we will mop up a few details.

The new calves are settling in beautifully with Tia doing a fine job of being Auntie. I like having a well trained aunty with new ones. She comes when she is called and the bobbies follow.

Look at the legs on this fellow. Sturdy ankles.

Pania is training her chick too.

At a week old she has got the baby to fly to the fence to shelter under her wing for the night. Height is a little safer. We lost one pea chick to a well fed cat. I was spitting mad. I am always in two minds about cats- they are useful at keeping vermin out of the feed and rats out of the barns but they are hell on my birds. I was deeply upset when I saw a cat with a dead pea chick in it’s mouth. So I put all the cats into the cool basement during daylight hours. ( they are thrilled to bits of course). Once I see that Pania has her baby safely tucked away for the night, I let them out. But on Monday I am back to work so they are on their own.

Here is the shot I promised you so you can see the tomato string in action. If you keep in mind that tomatoes are actually vines not bushes it is an easier concept to manage. As the bottom leaves die off and the fruit is harvested, lengthen the string – this lowers the stem to gradually curl to the ground – allowing you to train and harvest from the higher ups as they drop to eye level. These plants are not quite there yet. We had a very cold start to the summer.

The duck pond. Today I am working on a dry creek to an overflow draining pond. The fun part is planting around the overflow pond. The trees have grown so dense in my gardens that there are piles of plants happy to be brought out into the light. And there will be ample water! My run off water will be the irrigation for all the new marsh plantings.

Sustainable means less waste. And I hate to waste water.

Have a lovely day.

Love always

miss c –

Your celi, but changed. ( I feel older after this past year – not so much older in my body but older in my mind). I think you know what I mean.

33 Comments on “Mopping Up the Details

  1. It’s wonderful to see more photos! I hope Pania and her peachick can manage to avoid the cats. I look forward to seeing the farmy more frequently!

  2. oh my- I am always so impressed with your ingenuity and creativity! Water is so precious! Have a lovely day!

  3. I’m happy to see you back Celi.
    I did love reading about all your menagerie, but I understand that ‘living off the land’ totally, is practically not possible. You will be able to do much good with your bread baking- I wish I enjoyed cooking, but, like mother like daughter😀😀
    From Oz. To California, and missing it terribly now😧😧

  4. Twice in a week!
    That duck pond and your tomato porch look fabulous. I saw an amazing tomato tent in France a few years ago. It was white and octagonal – the cloth material allowed subdued light in and they had all their plants on elastic spring ilks strands, that kept them taught, making them grow up like yours.

  5. Cats will be cats I suppose. Reading your blog for so long, I have become very pragmatic about animals who are members of a farming family. If ducks can feel happiness, yours must be the happiest ever, especially with an up and coming new swimming hole to explore.

  6. I am really enjoying your Instagram but it’s even better to catch your blog again. Lovely pictures as ever. Poor old Pania finally managed chicks, so here’s hoping for little remainder! Fancy Tia now being an “auntie”. Lovely Bobbies.

  7. Interesting what you said about your mind feeling older. I share that feeling–maybe a loss of innocence, complacency, escapism, maybe even a little faith in the future. But that may lead to a greater appreciation of right here right now. When we’ve learned not to take anything for granted, all of life’s moments can seem much more precious. You do a great job of capturing those moments on your farm. It’s a joy to share in them.

  8. I couldn’t help but notice the edge of your metal glider in the pic of your garden-on-porch. Is your’s as old as our is? From what I could see it’s a dead ringer for ours all the way down to the missing rubber cap on the feet. We’ve had ours for at least 40 years and it wasn’t new when we got it at an auction. We just pulled it out of the garage this morning and will be scraping and painting it yet again. It seemingly is indestructible, I keep thinking we should just scrap it and get a new one but it still works and that’s the main thing! I’m not into that “impressing the neighbors” thing, thank goodness!

    • Victoria! I bet it is! This was John’s grandmothers and is so comfortable. I painted it with a few cans of spray paint and load it up With cushions! It glides like no other chair out there! It’s a collectors item! The neighbors are already impressed!

  9. Your pond looks so peaceful as does the porch garden. Cats are a mixed bag. I hate that they eat birds too. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you get to continue here without interruption this time. There is nothing like good bread. I don’t bake anymore but hunt down good bread wherever I go. So happy you are back.

  10. You can’t imagine how good it is to see you back, Cecilia! I read this entry first and wondered what had I missed, so I scrolled way down to your original entry and got to see Boo and TonTon and Wai and Tia. Not to mention the two new guys. I was so sorry to hear about Aunt Del. Like I said, she was a beautiful creature. I can picture her so easily. Wai looks wonderful! What a happy guy he must be. A rags to riches gentlemen! I missed reading this entry because this past Wednesday evening, I fell walking down our alley. Long story short: broke my kneecap, so my husband and I have walker wars.
    But here’s exciting news: two weeks ago, my niece brought me a potted cherry tomato plant. Never in my whole life have I ever had a tomato plant. I am sniffing it and studying it, ten times a day. In fact, two hours ago, I googled “best time of day to water tomatoes”. (can’t keep hounding my niece over every little thing. She’ll regret having given it to me.)
    Best of all, I love seeing all the Fellowship are back in the saddle again. I have never been able to figure out how to use Instagram. I’ve seen Jude a couple of times but that was several months ago.

    • Oh no! A broken kneecap sounds nasty but a potted tomato plant sounds perfect! Water it once a day as the day cools and it will be fine. Water it all the way through but don’t let it stand in a wet saucer. You might need to feed it some tomato fertilizer too – but you will get tomatoes! Cherry tomatoes are wonderful ! Give your niece a hug from me. This was a super present!

  11. Love your work, Miss C, whatever it may be, whether hay or bread or eggs or tomatoes. We have all be bruised and battered by the last year and a half, and our minds are not as young as they were. Older, yes, but we have not lost our essential selves. I’m so, so happy to see you back. I’ve missed your photos, your prose and your view on the world. Welcome back.

  12. I know just what you mean. I keep hoping to wake up and find 2020 was just a bad dream.

  13. Feeling and being changed is natural kin to healthy adaptation. The best we can hope for, like aquiring new shoes when the comfortable old faithfuls are irretrievably worn out, is to become accustomed.
    I enjoy your company on Insta but it’s nice to see your posts again ♡

  14. Love the duck pond! I have taken in a small group of Rouens myself. Currently they are enjoying a deep kiddie pool.

  15. I have so missed your updates and especially pics! 💞
    Living in Australia, I see how cats take a huge toll on local wildlife. Feral and domestic. Feral dogs too. So in my mind, cats always belong inside only. I guess farms/barns are the only real exception so it’s a double edged sword …

    I know exactly what you mean, the last 18mths has brought about a whole new level of stress and fatigue and I feel it has aged us all far more than life usually does.

    Take care 💞 Kate

  16. Good morning. We do the same with our tomato and cucumber plants in the greenhouse. I knew you were clever. 😁

  17. So pleased at your return C. I think we all feel more aged over the past year……….not in a fine wine or superb cheese sort of way. I’m moving to another rural area next month with an elevation of 718m looking forward to a much cooler summer.

  18. It is so nice to have you back. I’d forgotten how I used to wake up and read your postings before I got out of bed – it was like a morning meditation. Really, these last 4+ years have been chaotic, but maybe things are returning to a better place. I hope so. Part of that better place is your writing and photographs back!

  19. All is well with my world. Celi is back. Balance is returning – slowly but surely. It is wonderfully reassuring and so very comforting to read about life on your farm. I missed having my morning coffee with you. I missed your reassuring words. Thank you for being in this life of ours. XXXX Virginia

  20. Just curious about the duck pond…do you add water to it to keep it fresh and clean? We have thought of adding a duck pond, but for now and the past years have used a very large kiddie pool that I must clean and refresh every few days. We put the used duck water on our fruit trees.

  21. That glider isn’t exactly the same as the one I grew up with, but it’s very close. They are old-fashioned, but they carry a lot of old-fashioned comfort with them. A friend has both a porch swing and a glider, and she laughs at how often guests choose the glider. Your tomato system’s clever. I bought a new to me variety of cherry tomatoes at the farmers’ market last Saturday: a German variety whose name I can’t remember now. They’re larger than many cherry tomatoes: about the size of a ping-pong ball. I roasted them with basil, and they’re delicious!

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