Busy as the Bees
someone turned 8 since the last post.

When  I take long breaks from the blog I get nervous about what to say next. Like, it’d better be important, meaty and enthralling or the people of the e-verse will wonder why I’d bothered. But, it’s time to throw caution to the wind and break back in after a long, awkward pause…

building a sukkot on the deck
and we enjoyed a lovely sukkot.

I am a little unsure of where to start in terms of what’s been up ’round here. Really, what hasn’t been up? Nary a corner remains that we haven’t touched or at the very least considered. But, consideration does little to get things done; yet, things done without it can be a waste of time and worse.
So, we’re constantly pacing ourselves.

cat toy from kids knitting
a kitten chasing a hand knitted chain. all our kitten toys are naomi-made.

Bit by bit some of the major things that make a place feel like home are getting done. We’ve got lots of new lighting, which is a great help in lifting the gloom that fills a house with ‘turret windows’ in the woods. (turret windows–affectionate term for the narrow windows that were put in a house situated in a place that deserves walls of glass on account of the views. Perhaps the builder was a survivalist? It’d be sweet to stumble on a hidden stash of weaponry).

sisters grim.

I’ve come here today to talk a bit about the most overwhelming part of our move so far. We’re relatively easy-going about the house. We’ve accomplished a lot and are happy to take it one bite at a time from here on, but oh how we miss our garden. We have a blank canvas of unturned soil; and a lot of trees. The latter is intimidating to say the least. Who wants to cut down tall beautiful trees? Folks who want to grow big plump tomatoes. Our acres are about 9/10 wooded–and pond. We’ve enjoyed the pond FAR more then we would have expected especially since we’d never really considered buying a place with one. I’ll say, you should consider it, not only is the fishing fun, the canoeing dreamy and the cool breeze to die for on a hot and terribly tiring day–there is SO much to learn at the water’s edge!

around the campfire in the glow
this one will be 4 in a week!

And, the pond is yet another overwhelming consideration while we try to effectively plan our future farming. Where does one put the goat house? And, with little sunlight, where shall we plant the orchard? And, which of these tall trees might bring in a little income? Or fall over? What about the bee yard? The kids’ swings? And the chickens? And with the water flowing toward the pond, what about run-off and what equipment can’t we live without? What can we do today without spending a penny??

timber framed chicken coop and goat house
using timber from the land helps the budget…can make for adorably rustic buildings too…

We know this place is an investment in our future, and that of our kids, but it’s difficult not to spiral into overwhelm-tion or to sit crippled for fear of screwing it up. Prioritize. Prioritize. Prioritize.

So, the order of priorities that you may hear more about here later:
-finish chicken coop
-finish goat house
-finish building hive stands and bring the bees home.
-plant some fruit trees/bushes
-get chickens
-cut down little trees for firewood
-get goats
-hire someone to take out big trees
-get ducks, and guineas, and a dog to keep them all safe.
Update 9.13 all of this is accomplished! Don’t worry, there’s a whole new list…

back to school.

All this we’re trying to do in a way that makes sense. Efficiency is key. We’ve been reading this text on Permaculture–along with other resources. And we’re trying to apply Biodynamics preparations and get the soil ready for growing. Our heads are spinning a lot of the time. Surely everyone feels this after a move to some extent, and I keep trying to relax and remember what our last place was like 8 years ago when we moved in there. So, if in 8 years we make the kinds of strides here we did there–well, everything will be just fine. And, what’s the point if we’re not enjoying this process??


  • nocton4 Posted October 24, 2012 8:26 am

    Busy happy times
    Enjoy xx

  • Anelle Ammons Posted October 26, 2012 12:31 am

    You might want to consider having some of your wooded area thinned. Most often ignored wooded areas have too many thin, sickly trees in them, so your woods would prosper from the thinning, and you'd either get wood to use yourselves, or possibly sell.

    Also, check into the ag extension. I can't think of any programs right off the top of my head, but I'm so far from even being close to an expert on what they have. But, like my dad bought pastureland. He was paid by them to plant trees on it and leave them for 7 years. They paid for the trees, and the labor. He planted them himself, and pocketed the money. They should have lots of other programs that work with soil and water conservation, and possibly other options that you might find some use for. Or maybe none fit your land, but there might be some good ideas there, too?

    Best of luck getting it all sorted!

  • Lacey Grim Posted October 30, 2012 9:43 pm

    we are doing some thinning Annelle, and need to do more. Thank you thank you for those suggestions! I will look into it. It is pretty expensive to have trees cut down, and while we'd love to just do it ourselves–we're a little shy on life insurance 😉 so, yes–this might be a great option for us!

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