I don’t know if you can overstate the amount of work that even a so-small-it-can-barely-be-called-a-farm type of property takes, which is something I think about when I get home from work after a long day and all I really want to do is lay on the couch and read a book. The trade off, of course, is that when I get home from work after a long day, and the donkeys need to be fed and brushed and hugged, well… this happens.
Being given bunny ears by a donkey while trying to take a picture (so… donkey ears?) is infinitely better laying on the couch.
Plus, I have a welcoming committee.
People sometimes ask me why I don’t eat my chickens–and I have no issue with people who raise their own chickens for food, I think its awesome and far better than buying meat from caged chickens–but I personally can’t willfully kill a creature that is this excited to see me when I get hope from work.
Or this Nug, for example, who is happy to take naps on my lap when I pick her up.
That’s a lot of awesomeness that I’d be giving up for a chicken dinner. Plus, the give me so many eggs, which I can turn into things I like far better than I like chicken breast… like pasta.
I made homemade meatballs and ravioli this weekend, and aside from the fact that I quite enjoy making pasta, the best thing about it was that half the ingredients came from the garden.
I’m already planning what I might do with my fairytale eggplant when they’re ripe…
And the sweet corn that’s getting ready for picking.
There are many awesome things going on in the garden. There are also many awesomely huge weeds–I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I’d like keeping it under control–so instead of leaving half the garden for “row crops” I’ve decided to make raised beds for the whole thing. I’ll likely put a few in before fall, and build the rest over the winter to go in in spring.
I stocked up on the wood for a dozen more of them, just so I’d have it ready when I find time to build.
I also stocked up on a few other things that you might notice in this picture, like a new AC unit, and axe, a keg of beer, and a kayak. It’s safe to say I’m totally ready for the apocalypse.
Also, I have a few new projects lined up. (Try not to fall out of your chair in shock.)
Things are just a little crazy right now, with the promise of slowing down soon. In the meantime, I’m doing my best to appreciate the awesomeness of this part of summer.