So it’s been a year since we’ve written anything. A lot’s happened!
To begin with we’ve moved onto the family compound, it took a lot more effort and time than we originally expected and we ended up neglecting our crops during the crucial months right after we planted them. The kale’s doing well, as is the chard. The brussels sprouts and the strawberries are hanging in there. Most of the fruit trees we planted are doing well, we should see something from them this year. We’re in the process of planting for this year and we’re right next to where we’re planting so it’ll be easier to give the garden the attention it deserves.
We built a barn, right now it’s mostly got everything that was in the garage at our old condo in it but it’ll eventually turn into tool, feed, and hay storage. It’s painted red and everything!
We did much better last year with the animals than we did with the plants.
The ducks have begun producing, we get two eggs a day from them at the moment and we’re incubating them all. So far we’ve got 9 ducklings in various stages of growth and twenty-odd incubating. To anyone wondering: ducks are disgusting animals. Mud an poo everywhere!
The chickens are very happy and producing between 14 and 21 eggs a day. I’m conducting a small experiment in animal husbandry. I’ve breed a Buff Orpington and a Red Broiler to try to get a breed that works well as a layer and a meat bird. I’ve got eleven eggs incubating and we should see a them hatching in a couple of weeks.
We’ve picked up two goats! Lilu and Leia, Lilu’s the black and white Alpine and Leia’s the brown Nubian. Lilu is just about a year old and we’ll be breeding her later this year. Leia’s pregnant, due in March. After the kids are weaned we’ll have goat milk. Yum!
The rabbits have had a litter each! We’ve taken to calling the offspring baby bunny babbits. They’re adorable and we have eleven of them. We’ll be keeping the black ones for breeding stock and using the rest for meat. Marisa will be learning how to the tan the hides to make things out of the fur.
I’ve learned there’s always more to do on a farm. My weekends are spent building pens, animal enclosures, mucking out stalls, planting trees, and learning. It’s a lot of work but I’ve come to love it.
It’s weird, I joke at the office that I’m probably the only full time game developer/ part time farmer there is and I’ve come to relish the feeling of accomplishment when something works. I’ve realized that I can’t get everything to go just so but with enough work thing’s do well enough. We’re at the cusp of not having to buy food at a store anymore and that’s an amazing feeling.
We’ll be better about posting on this blog now. I hope you enjoyed the pictures of our animals!