Fresh Perspective.

My last post was about a year ago. I look back and wonder how time got away from me like that. A lot of things happened in late summer and fall of 2018 and to be quite candid, it sapped a lot of my ambition. Coupled with the fact that I felt this blog seemed to me like white noise. There are thousands of people out there writing about the same things I am. What makes me or my perspective different? Honestly I’m not sure. I just do a bunch of different things – Not much compared to others, but more than most. I do these things because I like to do them, I like to be busy -not to feel superior.

I realized that I have no desire to set myself up as an “expert” in anything, in the grand scheme of things I’m a newbie, there’s always going to be someone who knows more and I’ll always be a wanna-be. Not because I don’t ever accomplish a goal but because I learn something new every single day. I wanna try new things, I wanna-be more creative, I wanna-be successful, I wanna-be better, I wanna continue to grow and evolve and be willing to change and adapt when needed. My friend and I butchered our combined flock of roosters (15 in total) together a couple weeks ago and we both learned a ton not only about the process, but ourselves as well (like how we pamper ourselves with Aleve liqui-gels). Next time we’ll have it down to a science. Do I feel the need to write a tutorial about it when there are tons of how-to videos, blog posts, and books about the subject? Not a bit.

Here’s what you can expect. I’ll be posting more about what I am doing to (slowly) bring this 1890-something farm back to life, and all the things I’m learning. Maybe some videos of the process (if you thought I couldn’t possibly get more annoying you’re wrong lol). There will also be recipes. I hope to bring about free learning experiences in things I feel very solid in; basic canning, crafting, and gardening etc. -Again I’m not an expert, but I can get you rolling in the right direction- and offering a place for expert friends to teach a skill. You’ll be seeing more posts from my friends talking about their passions (most of them don’t even know it yet…) these are my go-to people when I need help and I appreciate them beyond words.

What’s in the works for next season?

  • A resource tab up top listing the most useful information I’ve came across.
  • A small market garden is planned – We always have more than enough to go around plus it’s something I know I can do.
  • Blueberries and Red Currants have been planted as our family’s memorial to my Grampa, Dale Bernath. He’d be over the moon to see this place and I still don’t know who is going to fabricate things for me. He was an inventor that’s for sure.
  • The laying flock will be expanding in the spring and by late summer/fall we should have free range/pastured eggs available.
  • Maybe Broilers – If there is enough interest. we shall see.

Our Patch Of Green Grows

A busy blurry bumble bee on a Virginia Blue Bell Blossom

This season has brought us many new things. Probably the newest and most exciting thing is the arrival of our third son mid-May. This makes us not only outnumbered, but the parents of 3 kids under two. If you are the praying sort and feel so inclined, send some our way … lord knows some days we need it.

Besides family expansion everything else seems to be expanding too. The garden got bigger and Little One being a mere week old helped me plant the potatoes, tomatoes, and sunflowers. Of course my husband helped too because bending over isn’t too easy with a baby carrier. It was a real family affair! We also acquired about 100 or so established blackberry canes from friends.  It is a really nice thing when folks share their bounty with their neighbors, whether they need to thin out their raspberry patches or a clump of rhubarb; it’s how to keep things going and inspire others.

 

We had a very mild winter and early spring and all of our bees made it through the winter! YAY! Then tragedy struck with freezing temps after the bees had un-clustered for the season and two out of the three hives died. There is a silver lining though. I got a phone call from my husband who had been out helping my grandfather get his drill around for this season’s planting and the dead hives at his place each had a new wild swarm in them. This isn’t the first time my grandfather has been blessed in the bee department; since getting a hive in 2012 he has had a total of 5 swarms come to his property and 4 of them have made it into his hives or bee tree. We are planning on putting a lure up at his place since he apparently has prime honey bee real estate!

I can’t wait to see what else this year brings us!
I hope your summer is bringing you bigger and better things!