March 26, 2017

For weeks now I've been thinking of creating a new blog. Something which feels relevant to my day to day. Something to record the small events and a-ha moments that keep me going. And yet the thought of casting aside this space to create something else doesn't work. I...

June 19, 2016

When people ask about what fruits we have available in June we most often say June is a slow month. And for our big crops it is, but walking around Home Farm this morning (Home Farm being the acre or so around the house), I realized that for us, June is a pretty tasty...

June 12, 2016

It's been a dry year, but it looks like the rains are coming, not everyday, but more often it's overcast with showers. The 'Home Farm' has been a bit slow in places. The Malabar Spinach, planted out two months ago is now bearing seed, and I harvested some today. The Ca...

June 12, 2016

It's been a dry year and our planting has been a bit sporadic while we hold out for rain. Yet seeds still germinate, Peter still grafts and enthusiasm doesn't wane. So we're watering like crazy and shaking our fists at a cloudless sky. My main area continues to be Home...

January 27, 2016

I like to talk with trees. It's not necessarily a verbal communication, though quite often conversations do begin with an uttered word or sound, it's more of a moment of shared consciousness. Some trees catch my attention, others are regular conversationalists, right n...

September 6, 2015

 

We live in an interesting community: a heady and often strange mix of folks from all over the world with all sorts of appetites. There's a undulating collection of raw foodists among them who have an enormous appetite for fresh organic fruits, and cacao. They are amon...

September 2, 2015

Today is my gran's birthday. She would be 94 if she was still with us. I miss her. The 'wee wummin wi white curly hair in a tartan bunnet' was probably how most people thought of her. She used to keep her money in that fuzzy tartan bunnet, before that she'd keep it tuc...

August 25, 2015

 

 

Here in Costa Rica there are 3 types of chicken feed available in the stores: starter, layer and meat raiser. They all basically have the same ingredients, only the protein percentage varies, and the layer has more calcium. They range from 14% protein (layer) to 22.5...

August 23, 2015

 

 

Last Saturday I added 4 new chickens to the flock: 2 brahmas and 2 silkies. I had initially thought of having only brahmas as they are a dual purpose breed and beautiful birds, actually really it's because they are large, quiet, docile creatures who aren't flighty. B...

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