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Moving to Music

What have I been up to in the short short days since camp ended and I re-entered good old shiny civilization? I’ve taken a few showers, unpacked, eaten real people food and then started to contemplate repacking. Why am I repacking, you may ask yourself? Well… before I tell you I want you to sit down, put your head between your knees and take some good, deep breaths. Hah, I just wanted to imagine a small group of people doing that in awkward places like coffee shops or on their couches. Anywho I’m moving to Vermitt (that’s how I’ve been pronouncing Vermont lately) in about a week and a day (oh deary that sounds so soon!).

WHAT?! I know. I’ll be working at a place called Bonnieview Sheep Dairy in Craftsbury Common, VT. I spotted this farm in the WWOOFing book I ordered a few weeks ago and I immediately started to do my happy dance (you’ve probably seen this dance… it breaks itself out fairly often). I e-mailed them and it turns out they have an opening through the month of October. I’ll be living in a yurt, working with sheep and doing other farm-like things. Want to read a description? Yeah you do…

“470 acres of rolling pastures and fields surrounded by woods. Fresh water pond on the farm for fishing and swimming. description of organic activities: organic pastures, cropland, garden, 2 cows and 50 laying hens; 300 sheep and 7 pigs fed small amount of commercial grain. April- Oct we milk the sheep and make cheese on the farm. We feed the whey from the cheese plant to the pigs. Large farm garden feeds us and supplies vegetables to on farm dinners. Out door clay bread oven for pizzas and bread for farmers markets. Sheep are all rotationally grazed on our 100 acres of pastures. We heat only with firewood gathered from our land. All of the hay we used is harvested from our fields. Suggested length of stay is 2 week, months of year April-Nov. Two farm stay rooms when available, coming in June 09 24? Yurt or accommodations in hay loft expectations 5-8 hrs/day 6 days/wk Transportation available: on a limited basis. languages spoken are English and a little French, can host children no pets, special diets on a limited basis, we grow a majority of our food.”

Oh I’m so excited! Yes, I know it’s going to be cold and no, I think I probably won’t die from being to cold. I’ll just stop those comments right there. If you want to chat about how cold it’s going to be you can talk to my mummy and have a long, fascinating discussion about it. Boooorrrriiinnnggg… where’s your sense of adventure!? Anywho, I have some other motivations but I think that working on this farm is a pretty good one. Plus I’ve never lived outside of the Pacific Northwest (and really never been in a real winter) so this should be a pretty neat little adventure, no? I’ve wanted to live in a yurt and work with sheeps for a while and this kills both wants with one stone. I’ve been following a few blogs about suburban farming, living in yurts, gardening etc. that have made the whole idea sound glorious… curious about which ones I’m talking about? Well here’s a very short list then:

Mayaland – I love how this lady writes. She lives in a yurt with her family, they have goats and they have been adding a series of recycled buildings to their little compound. If I could fastforward ten years this is where I want to be and what I want life to look like.

Little House in the Suburbs – WHOA! She lives in Portland, has two goats, some chickens and a garden in her backyard AND she made her own bee hive? Yes, it is possible to be that wonderful.

That list is shorter than I remember it being… I think I’ve lumped in there the random assortment of books I’ve read about things like gardening, sheep, knitting, spinning, cooking and general do-it-yourselfness. Anyway, I’ve started packing and while I’ve been doing that silly nonsense (who needs to pack if you’re going to drive across the country? You could just shove is all in a car because, really, a car is like a giant box and boxes are what you pack things in and if I were to just pile things into the car they would naturally protect each other. Clothes would be like eco-friendly packing peanuts and everything would probably fit) I’ve been listening to the 61 again. What music has been on repeat, you might be asking? I was just getting to that, so you should really just be patient for a second, ok? Ok, good.

Little White T-Bugman

Mom and I left school a little early today and we washed two cars, planted potatoes, spread eleven wheel-barrow loads of bark chips and spread landscaping fabric over a good portion of the yard before it got dusky outside. In the middle of spreading chips about I glanced at the hood of my car and saw this little dude, just begging to be photographed. He looks just like a teeny tiny airplane. All of the sudden he popped some wings out of somewhere (I dunno where he was hiding them) and took off. Very cool. I wish that I could have become his friend and then I could magically shrink and we could go on wild flying adventures together, sort of like Heavymetal (without all the naughties) so I guess it would be more like Neverending story. Yes, just like that.

dscn0625It’s adventure time little dude!

P.s. I’ll bake some cookies for whoever can tell me what kind of bug-man he is.

UPDATE: Little bugman has been identified as a Plume Moth. That’s what you get when you type “white t-shaped bug” into google. Thanks google, I wonder if that means I have to bake cookies for google.

Undulator

We finished moving half the bad dirt from the three planter boxes and then replacing it with good dirt. It turns out that we have some GIANT WORMS building little worm cities and having little worm babies all over the place in those boxes.

This. Is. Excellent! This guy was really about twice as long when he stretched out. Hopefully it’ll have some big worm babies who will go on to have more worm babies who will eventually turn that nasty clay soil into wonderful vegetable soil in a few generations. How long do worms live for, anyway?

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I put in 12 Hood strawberry plants today too! I’ll put some pictures up next time something gardeny happens. Mom and I went to pick up a load of barkchips for the yard and wound up stopping in at Geren’s Farm Supply (different from Burn’s Feed FarmMart). We got the strawberries and two artichoke plants, I’ll let you know how those do in a few weeks. I’ve never done artichokes, but they sure look cool in the planters. Geren’s had a giant tom turkey, some goats, pigeons, fish, birds, bunnies, roosters, chicks and (ultimate of ultimates!) they had a Flemish Giant (I know Star, we should have gone there. But I honestly had no idea how cool it would be. Next time.). I just about passed out when I found him in his playpen in the middle of the store. That is a BIG bunny, 24.5 pounds! Sigh…. I want. I want so badly! I think Monty would never talk to me again if I brought home another bunny though. He’s funny like that.photo_19

Too Much Fun

For the past two days we’ve been planting and digging and moving dirt all over the place. We’re trying to take advantage of all this good weather because we hear it’s not going to stay (I’m secretly thinking it’s all a big trick to get us to work as hard as possible). I dug holes for the Auto Lukens yesterday before I went downtown. Today I decided to take my bike out for a spinny-spin up to Sandy to mail the lion someone ordered from etsy and pick up some books at the library. It’s about 25 minutes of peddling to get there and a little less to get back. After that I dug some holes for the lavender in the front yard and then I had to shovel out 7o cubic feet of clay dirt from the planter box (that was just ONE) and then dad brought in 70 cubic feet of nice poopie-sand dirt for the veggies to live in. I got that all smoothed out and then I figured that was enough for one day. It doesn’t sound like much but between biking to Sandy and shoveling I was busy for about six hours. YIKES!

This is a picture of all the plants we’ve planted (between the three of us) in the last two days. It’s alot, lemme tell you.

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This all looks like too much fun.

Maybe I should get around to doing some homework or something….. naaaahhhh, it’ll wait.