When it rains….
You learn a lot.
If you’ve been following along the past couple of weeks, you’ll remember that our garden was a total bust this fall. What a bummer!
And if you’re on our email list or follow on social media, you’ll know that last week we had our first animal illness. One of our hens developed an impacted crop…possibly sour crop. And despite our best efforts she didn’t make it. That’s our second hen loss this year. Now you may be thinking, wow only losing two hens in a year ain’t that bad! Well, that would be true if your flock didn’t consist of only four hens…that makes a 50% loss for us this year.
Aannnd then, you may also know that we had a coral snake come onto our property a couple of weeks ago…very near my two very young children. Yes, I’m sure it was a coral snake. I’m also sure one killed our neighbors dog, and that another one turned up on my back porch…all within less then two weeks.
We’ve thrown ourselves into a year of change and learning like never before. Both personally, and on the homestead. But we’re taking it all as a learning experience. We’ve been learning a TON this year. So much more then I expected.
I expected to learn a lot, but I’ll admit that I thought I had prepared myself for ‘farm’ life a little bit better. After all, I did read voraciously about it for years before it became a reality for us.
But reading can only teach you so much. Experience is life’s best teacher. The learning curve is steep.
And we’re taking notes, man!
The experience with the garden has propelled us into the world of Back to Eden style gardening – and we’re really excited for the possibilities!
And the experiences with the coral snakes has led us to start a few Guinea keets next month. Trust me, I never saw that one coming!
And you know what? I’m fully expecting things to turn sideways at some point. And that’s ok.
We’re gonna learn from it all and love the ride.
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