The holidays have always been a difficult time for me and for many of you all too.
I tend to either Clam Up or just turn into a mumbling grump. This time I think I just got on with it and dealt with the fallout once the children were gone.
I was out in California with children so there were Christmas Carols! God help me. I put on a brave face.
But it’s not all about me! I don’t want to be a selfish old curmudgeon.
Though I did escape the cold !
I have been talking lately with a scientist based in the UK about sending soil samples from around our farms for testing. This group is particularly interested in carbon capture. I am not a scientist so I am playing catch up on all the latest vernacular but it is a fascinating study and I hope they allow us into the trials.
It would be especially interesting to me to see if the soil in the Fellowship Forest registers any significant numbers.
I am also getting our well water tested.
It takes years for water to get to a tap – (the average about 25 years but up to a thousand or more years) but this varies drastically with the variables of soil, rainfall, the level of the ground (we are actually the lowest around here because this is a drained swamp), the flow of the groundwater – all that stuff – so water can take from a year to a thousand years to reach my glass.
But I am positive that the water here on the farm, from our well, twice filtered: tasted and smelt different when I returned after my summer traveling. And again after returning from California.
Taste buds adapt very fast so in this case first impressions are the most reliable.
I boil my drinking water but still:
💦I am going to send a sample off to be tested. For the record the test costs $265US so this is not a flippant decision.
And I vowed a long time ago not to buy water in plastic jugs so I hope the results are not dire. I will keep you posted.
Quiche and Salad!
I always have a big pot of salad greens growing. Or two or three! And parsley pots – I have loved parsley all my life. D
id you know that parsley has 196% more Vitamin C than an orange. Plus iron!
The chickens are actually laying well in their chook house. We get around 8 eggs a day – in the middle of winter! I think the young ones have started laying- you remember – those chicks that were hatched in the barns!
Most hens will start laying around 6 months old. Many of the new eggs are green!
TonTon is now officially The Old Dog. No one knows why he has chosen to start sleeping in the washing basket. Least of all BooBoo.
Boo watches me work from the couch.
The food scraps from the restaurant have been very tasty lately. Wai is doing well on them. Tima still spends a lot of her day in the fields with Mr Flowers and his old rooster.
After an exceptionally warm period following a cold snap the temps seem to be settling in around freezing. I hope it stays cold a while to give the fruit trees and the wheat a good chilling.
I hope you all are having a great day.
The Pilot Sustainable Home Workshop is keeping me busy!
Take good care.
❄️Live Lightly so the Planet can Live Long.