D has continued to work on the house, and we're seeing progress! (See pictures here) As of today, all of the windows are trimmed out, the fireplace is in, our light fixtures are all installed, and the pine ceiling is done! We are going to be installing the flooring next, and after that, it's all smooth sailing. I can't wait to get in there! We moved back to the camper, this time at the house site, and it is just so wonderful to be there. We are thankful for the hospitality my parents have shown, but we have dreamed of being on this property for a long time. To be here is really a dream come true!
The cow and her calves are on the property too, as is a small barn we are using to keep them in. We had let the calves have all of the milk as they transitioned to this new place, but have just started milking again recently and all has been well. The calves will drain August if they're with her all night/day, so we separate them at night and have been milking in the morning. I only have been taking around 1/2 of a gallon, which is enough for our needs, and it seems we've found a nice balance now.
The chickens continue to lay well, and they have been enjoying following the cows around and eating whatever they can find leftover from their meals. We added 30 meat birds to our little homestead, and we're enjoying their sweetness for now. We plan to give them a happy and wonderful life while they're here on this earth, and we intend for them to only have that one bad day. It's been a journey for me to get my mindset here, but I'm learning more and more that if I want to be a meat eating person, I want to be responsible about it and make sure my animals are treated humanely.
I've been working A LOT in the garden, trying to get as much done as I can. We have peas that are about an inch tall (planted back in April), and radishes that are starting to make an appearance. The garlic and rhubarb are doing well, and we've had some small rhubarb dishes too. I just planted all of my lettuces (spinach, buttercrunch, romaine, and salad blend) and my herbs, and I'm doing a bit of experimenting to see if I can improve their growth rate. Leeks have been planted too!
My sister-in-laws so generously gifted me blueberry bushes for my birthday, and I am so excited for this little blueberry patch we have created. I have 8 bushes in all now, and I cannot wait to see the harvest for this year. Last year, I got quite a few little berries from just our one bush! I LOVE blueberries, so this is really just such a wonderful gift! They have little blossoms that are just opening now.
Right now my biggest battle in the garden is the terrible quack grass. I understand why it's called the devil's weed. I've been spending a lot of time reading up on ways to fight this terrible opponent, and so far, no one really has any answers. If you do, PLEASE TELL ME! I need to learn :) Right now, I'm digging it all out, searching the soil for the rhizomes and picking them out individually. It's tedious, time consuming, and overwhelming...but I've got one row done and that's better than nothing.
It's been really nice to be in the same place as our animals and garden, and we've found we have a lot more time in the evening when we're not driving all over to take care of everything. It's been really nice to just enjoy the earth and all she has to offer.
It's been a great spring, and we're enjoying it! I hope you are too!
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