In the morning I’m off to the King Arthur Flour Kneading West conference. I’ll leave you with some new beginnings from the last week.
New part-time kindergartener waiting for the bus.
The addition of barn cats.
Future mouser in training, under the able paws of Sensei Ninja.
Val preparing for her heat cycle. Which means I learn how to do bloodwork and acquire a buck rag next week.
Out of the ache of sore muscles a new grow bed is born (thanks to Katie and Cyndi for helping shovel in the topsoil and take out the last of the gravel!) It’s hard to get an idea of the scale from a picture but this was a mammoth undertaking, 120′ x 20′ of compact gravel that came out to make room for this topsoil.
Into the food stores last week: 3 1/2 gallons of milk, 28 eggs, fig lemon marmalade, green apple jelly, mulberry huckleberry jam, and 25 pounds of pickles.
Next week: 10 yards of manure, more shoveling, and the beginnings of the permanent rabbit shelter and compost bins. Also the final tomato buy of the year, countless canning jars, a full larder, and me on Saturday along with Readers to Eaters and Amy Pennington at Oxbow Farm. The book promotion begins!