New Harmony, 1

 

 

In bag’s main compartment in a small Eagle Creek specter packing cube: pjs, cardigan, UV shirt, t-shirt, bra, under”roos”, socks,

In bag’s back pocket: Welsh notebook, journal

In bag’s front pockets: water bottle (with filter), Iberian cube (Kind bars, red light flashlight, charging cable, peanut butter packets, Rx), Ultraviolet cube (face serum, sunscreen, deodorant crystal, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, shampoo bar sliver).

In purse: sunglasses, wallet, foldable grocery bag, sun hat, fountain pen, tide stick, go-everywhere pouch (nail clippers, pocket knife, bandaids, Pepto, emery board) and phone.

 

April 2019 —the rest

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Things got super busy around here shortly after the last post. Here’s a rundown of what all has been accomplished.

  • 5 1/2 garden beds are dug
  • 4 garden beds are planted
  • 20 blackberry bushes have been moved along the fence line and a new row started next to the other two rows
  • Silver, another rabbit, came home
  • lawn mowing has begun in earnest
  • the pool has been set up, leveled, and filled.
  • Ellen’s memory garden (the pollinator garden) has been reseeded and we’ve noticed new growth
  • all the trees lived and all the fruit trees blossomed
  • there is new gravel on the driveway and up by the mailbox
  • we payed off one medical bill

April (week 2) 2019

 

Garden bed 2: squared up, turned over, and planted with: kale, turnips, lettuce, radishes, lettuce, carrots, and zucchini.

Garden bed 3: squared up, turned over, and chopped up. I haven’t it planted it yet.

Yard: lawn mowed for the first time. Yearly planning for plantings (trees, fruit, flowers) completed.  I’m starting to see seedlings in Ellen’s (pollinator) garden. The peach, apple, and cherry trees are all full of blossoms. We moved 14 blackberry babies from the main rows to a third row and started them around the main yard fence.

Rabbits/Chickens: Hlao-Roo is eating pellets + hay + grass + willow. We went to get the other rabbits, but they didn’t have more ready to go. We’ll try again in a week or two.

 

 

April (week 1) 2019

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Garden bed 1: dug, chopped, and planted. This is an older bed and just needed an easy turnover and to be squared up. This bed has: kale, turnips, lettuce, radish, lettuce-2, and peas.

To the south of garden bed 1 is garden bed 2. It will get turned over and planted in April week 2. We will continue to dig and plant a bed each week as weather and other tasks permit. We have 5 more easy beds to turn and 4 more difficult beds to do.

Chicken/Rabbit Run: posts are in and framing has started. This will be slow as we are just doing a bit each payday.

To the south of the chicken yard is our second compost area. Right now it’s mostly cardboard, sticks, weed stalks, and some food waste. It will fill in pretty quickly with soil, grass clippings, weeds (from weeding) and rabbit manure/waste.

This week also saw the pool area re-leveled and the pool set up, Ellen’s memory garden weeded, and a shopping trip for organic seeds.

We do all our gardening with hand tools, organically, and with a view to restoring the soil so that we may use this smaller area to grow more so that the majority of our land is left to wildness.

Hlao-Roo

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Meet Hlao-Roo.

He’s the newest edition to Idlewild Farm. He’s a 12 week old lion-headed dwarf rabbit. He weighs a mere pound and a half and will only be two pounds at full-size. Right now, he spends the cold nights in the laundry room and the warmer days outside. He’s acclimating after living his whole life indoors.

He’s eating rabbit pellets primarily (He just came home on Saturday) and I’ve introduced a tiny bit of hay. I’ll slowly increase his hay until he has unlimited access. Today he was also given an apple twig. He wasn’t sure about it at first, but I’ve seen him gnawing on it a few times.

Hopefully he’ll be joined by two more rabbits over the the next four weeks. After that, we’ll be ready to bring home the chickens.

Planning — Spring 2019

Winter Recap:

  • Wardrobe –I wore out all but one  my long-sleeve t-shirts. This means I need to watch clearance racks and find 4 new ones for next year. Things I noticed about shirts — I like them long and snug enough to wear a t-shirt over or a sweater. I rarely if ever just wear a long sleeve shirt. My pants and sweaters are all in good shape. I seriously need to find a pair of zero heel boots. I missed my boots this year.
  • Weather — It was a very wet winter, far wetter than normal. We had a few very cold snaps, including one that had temperatures colder than in a generation, but overall the temperatures were pretty normal for this part of Indiana. Things to consider for weather would be getting a pair of waterproof boots for wearing to church/shopping/errands.
  • Learning — Welsh is going really well (I know I keep writing about this, but it truly makes me so happy). Igniting the Flame is much easier than I anticipated. Less scholarly, more reflection. Permaculture class and I parted ways. I wasn’t getting enough out of it to justify the monthly cost. They are so focused on a younger generation that they can’t see modifications for older gardeners are needed. I’ll keep on keeping on and we will transform our space into one that will work for us now and for the next 20-30 years.
  • Health & Fitness — I completed Dedicate, a 30 day yoga journey, and then kept up my practice through February and March (up to the time of this post) by using a combination of YWA (Yoga with Adrienne) videos and my own flows. I took up Pilates as part of my strength training regime along with returning to the FWFL prep week workouts. I continue to walk each morning — usually inside during this weather.

Spring Plans —

  • Wardrobe: I don’t think anything will need replacing this year. I have plenty of t-shirts and graphic Ts, cotton cardigans in light weight and medium weight. I have my spring jacket and rain jacket, I have my farm boots and plenty of zero heel shoes for warmer weather.
    • Bottoms: 2 denim, 2 black + 2 skirts
    • short sleeve t-shirts: 1 black, 1 white, 1 navy, 2 gray,
    • graphic t-shirts to wear around the house x 4
    • 2nd layers: blue zip cardigan, red cardigan, green cardigan
    • shorts for around the house x 3
    • sneakers, flats, sandals — all zero heel
    • weather related: 3 jackets and farm boots
    • swim suit is still good too.

 

  • Weather
Apr.          68° / 43°.                8 days
May.         78° / 54°.                8 days
Jun.          85° / 62°.                6 days
  • Events:
    • Church: Easter and Pentecost
    • Spiritual Companion Group
    • Retreat Days
    • Errands and Grocery shopping
    • Celtic Vesper service team meetings
    • Hannah’s birthday
  • Farm and Garden tasks
    • build chicken yard and  rabbit house
    • plant 5 trees
    • pollinator garden expansion (and seeds)
    • ? additional clothes line ?
    • put up pool (re-level the ground)
    • purchase garden seeds, heirloom and organic only
    • cistern expansion
    • continue firewood collection one day per month
    • lawn mowing will begin