Hey there!! Long time no blog! I know, I knowâ€¦ I need to post more pictures! So, if any of you dedicated readers out there are are really that excited to see our progress, I invite you to come on out and set up some solar panels and a satellite system so that we can get internet out here! Otherwiseâ€¦ youâ€™ll have to wait for the big installment. 🙂
Things are chugging right along here at Dandelion Homstead! We are finally starting to feel like we are home. We have a week of parties this week, so we have to get things in orderâ€¦ at least a little. Wed. night some friends are coming over for a little Summer Solstice celebration. Thursday night, I am having a bunch of herbies up there, including Matthew Wood (who is teaching a weekend class in Asheville this weekend! woohoo!) for a Solstice celebration. Then, Saturday, Kaia will be 3 and we are having our 3rd Annual Mid-Summerâ€™s Day KaiaFest! The cool thing is that everyone knows we have no power, no water (our well pump died last Saturday), and just a bucket to poop in. So, I donâ€™t feel like I have to host this huge shindig. All the parties will be laid back and go-with-the-flow.
We have put in a little kitchen and found a two-burner gas stove top that will fit perfectly in our small space. The closet has been built up stairs. We have decided to go with â€œpalletâ€ shingles for the exterior siding. Weâ€™ve found lots of pallets (free) and are cutting up the wood to make shingles. Then we dip them in stain and put them up. Itâ€™s going to be SOOO CUTE!! I will post pictures once we get that started. We have also started (and will finish tomorrow) the â€˜out houseâ€™ It is close to the compost pile so you donâ€™t have to carry the buckets too far. (Yes, I will put a crescent moon on the door!)
The day old chicks are set to arrive on the 26th! I can’t wait to get them set up! I haven’t seen the coop we are getting yet (toby’s brother is giving us one) but I hear it is pretty swank 🙂 I got Juliete di Bairacli Levy’s book on herbal care of farm animals and it is fantastic! It has a section on Bee care and chickens (like how to use elder branches to splint a broken chicken leg!)
The bees are ok. One hive, the one with the laying worker, died. Toby added a new package of bees to the hive and they seem to be doing well. The other hive is without a queen (the one that hatched a queen with a missing wing). So, we got some brood from Toby’s Bro. and put it in the hive to give them a chance to grow another queen. So far, no diceâ€¦ so we may need to buy a new queen for that hive.
Shesh, what else has been going on??? OH, we were out for a walk the other day and noticed all these squashed, red berries on the ground. They looked like cherries but I didnâ€™t see a tree anywhere, until I looked upâ€¦ way up!!! This cherry tree has to be at least 50 feet tall, and full of cherries!! Unfortunately, we canâ€™t reach any of them! I may go throw some bed sheets out there and see if I can catch any! Oh, and we just began getting our first black raspberries from a little vine by the pond.
The garden is doing really well considering I have put absolutely no effort into it since I planted the seedlings. Our tomatos have blooms, the squash is growing, we are eating kale, chard, pea sprouts, lambs quarters, plantain, and other yummies almost daily. The strawberries are done for this season, but we got a ton out of them for their first year in the ground!
School is going great! Only 6 weeks left until I can officially call myself a â€œclinical herbalistâ€. I have started seeing clients at school and it feels really good. I am going to try to have my paper (on proving myself as an herbalist) published about the same time I graduate to see if I can drum up some new clients that way. I have also decided to use my tattoo design as my logo (tree of life with a moon behind it and a spirit in the tree). I think that goes well with the name â€œSacred Forest Herbalsâ€.