Your First, My Second…

View of this post that is.

I’ve been quiet and short lately I know and I apologize but my sister recently passed away and I just needed to withdraw for awhile. My first draft of this post was about that. It was a good post but it was too personal and raw to share. And the truth is that while I am overwhelmingly sad my life has not stopped. My husband is still the most wonderful man I know. My kids are still precious anxiety factories. My Brady Bunch + The Griswalds + a smattering of the Manson Family family still endures. And chores still have to be done around here. Life, it’s what keeps you going through the tough spots. I would like to share some it with you.

img_2986We have made our first farm-based barter deal! These little guys will be traded for a breeding trio of meat rabbits! I belong to a few local bartering and small farm groups on Facebook. I saw a post about a family looking for more chickens who didn’t have a lot of money but did have meat rabbits. We chatted and reached a bargain. One month from now, when the rabbits are breeding age and these chicks are old enough we will trade. I just think that is frikkin’ awesome.

We also harvested our first honey!  Unfortunately we were just a little bit early and the honey is still a little unripe. But it tastes so good!

The box weighed about 32 pounds. That’s wood, comb, and honey combined of course. We got a little over a gallon of honey. It was delicious on biscuits. Just sayin’. We have one more box to go. We’re holding off on it in hopes it will be more mature.

We also managed to capture some of the apple harvest this year.

I have to tell you, these dried apples are the best I’ve ever tasted. I never really cared for dried apples but these actually taste like apples.

We also built a cider press and pressed our own juice!

I have to admit I’m on my way to becoming a food snob. This stuff just tastes so good. One gallon of it is going into our hard cider kit. Yes I will finally get to taste home-brewed cider! I am really pumped.

We still haven’t painted the house but I’m okay with that. I hope that your fall is going well.

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2 thoughts on “Your First, My Second…

  1. We’re not expecting much in the way of honey this year. Apparently, our bees didn’t like the summer heat and we had three swarms in early August. We caught them, and gave them to friends who’d lost their bees. The remaining bee took a while to catch their stride, though, and we missed most of the peak honey flow. So, instead of hundreds of pounds of honey, we’ll be lucky to get fifty or sixty pounds. We really need to leave the rest for the bees.

    I sold my loom and weaving stuff to lighten the load moving out from California. Looking at your plans, and loom, it makes me wish…but so much to do in the meantime. Perhaps when the house is fully built, and then the pole barn and chicken coop…

    My condolences about your sister. There really isn’t any place you can put that sorrow. You wear it everyday, until, one day you realize it’s a blessing, instead of a burden.

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