Patience. It's hard to have it right now... now that Mike and I are living at our little farm. We have so much we want to do and so little time to do it because we're both still working full time. And, of course, we want it done now... now now NOW! We can't plant the garden until we put up the fence, but can't put up the fence if it's raining. And we can't get chicks until the chicken house is built, but can't build it 'til the garden is in. Ack! We're both frustrated, but maybe the rainy weather last weekend was intended to slow us down so we could reflect a little bit. I mean, after all, we've been overwhelmed for months now. A little down time should be good for us, right?
No! We want to get busy!
Tomorrow there is a chance of showers, but we might not get any rain... so we'll do our best to get the garden fence up. I will be a happy camper once my seedlings and seeds are in the ground. Then I can concentrate on my herbs, though... we're thinking that we're going to move the garden next year. Yeah, sounds crazy, doesn't it? It's just that the area we had thought we'd use for the barn we've decided not to use for the barn, and it's ideal for a vegetable and herb garden. It gets sun all day, not just six or so hours like our current spot. And it's very close to the current garden. But the land has to be changed there a lot before we switch, so we're hoping to set it up this autumn so that it will be ready for next spring.
So no permanent plantings (re: asparagus and many herbs) for now. Well, I might plant lots of herbs and just move them. Can't not have herbs for cryin' out loud. My deck is too shady for them in pots, so the garden it will be for now - and later.
And, speaking of putting fences, we need to put up fencing around our pastures because we've pretty much decided to get some... cows. Cows! Pet cows of course, to keep our pastures from growing out of control and us from having to mow them and to provide our gardens with lots of natural fertilizer. We can use our next door neighbors' cow poo, but we'd rather generate our own. Along with the cows, we're thinking about a few goats as well. They could help us clear out the brush in the woods. They'd be pets too, of course.
For the cows, I'd love to have two or three jerseys. This is a Jersey calf; I think I'm in love.
And, for the goats, I'm just not sure. I love the look of Nubians and have had people tell me theirs were sooo lovable and sweet, but I read somewhere that they are not as healthy as other breeds. Anyone know? They are very cute though... see?
And to protect everyone at our place, we'd like to get an Anatolian Shepherd. I've not had a dog in at least 15 years and prior to that had always had one. We're about ready to get at least one. Not until I'm retired though. Here is a picture of an Anatolian sleeping with a goat... cute!
It's hard being patient; I've wanted this kind of lifestyle for as long as I can remember. And while I want the whole process to be fun and enjoyable, at the same time I want to hurry hurry hurry so we can have our animals and garden and be smack in the middle of it.