“With Pomp, Power & Glory the world beckons vainly, In chase of such vanities why should I roam? While Peace & Content bless my little thatched cottage, And warm my own hearth with the Treasures of Home.” — Beatrix Potter
Not sure if you are getting tired of these pictorial posts since comments have been sorta quiet of late (because of the holidays?) — but here we go again.
Another salvo of pictorial dispatches from the homefront.
It’s winter here on the urban homestead, though there are no dreamy, snowy white scenes to be hand in la la land. Instead we are enjoying blue skies and sunshine. It’s nippy in the mornings and evenings but the days are very pleasant and “warm.”
No waste! One of our clients is a local tea shop and they discard crust and ends of bread. We take the refused bread and make….
New Orleans style bread pudding topped with caramel rum sauce. Jordanne made two trays. One for our gathering last Saturday (which was demolished by the end of the evening) and one for us. In this household if you make dessert you better make a whole lot of it.
Farmer Justin shows off his “kill” –er, huge tromboncino squash to Farmer Sergio
Group shot with the squash
The squash finally makes its way to the table as a centerpiece! Dinner is served.
Chatting with friends.
It’s been a busy winter in terms of entertaining for us. I think we are going on 7 weekends that we’ve had people over and we aren’t finished yet… new years coming up and more visitors!
Goat walk and goat food foraging. Fairlight looks on while Jordanne grabs a bag and gets ready to harvest some oak leaves (aka goat “chips”)
It’s getting dark so time to head home. Carrying bags of lead and the goats follow the leader (me there in the distance lugging a few bags full of leaves.)
Hey, Blackberry, you have hay on your head! Blackberry, sorry to say, is what we like to say is – “a little dense.” In a cute way!
Chatting with visitors to the urban homestead
Looking forward to these kumquats ripening. Almost there and then they’ll be breakfast! Can’t wait.
Chicken convention. Wonder what they are discussing? Perhaps they are wondering why they haven’t been getting as much garden greens. It’s winter guy, er gals, – sorry! The garden is a slight state of hibernation and we are rationing the greens.
The guys work on another building project with all the scrap/leftover wood – nothing is wasted here at the urban homestead.
Building an attached potting table to the new shed. The nice shutters were gotten at Habit for Humanity store.
While in the garden I overheard some talk about improving the backyard again. I caught snippets and words like using an old bath tub for, and we could take out the concrete here and move it there, expand this and so on and so forth. Sounds like there’s some work coming up in transforming the garden yet again. Can’t wait!
Mystery project! This contraption is located alongside the house. Can you guess what Justin is up to?
Another gift from our readers! In the mail yesterday, another thoughtful gift and lovely letter. Thank you D & J B from Kansas for the calendar that contains a host of inspirational quotes. One of my favorites is ” The garden is a poor man’s apothecary.” – German Proverb
Winter citrus harvest – 150# worth.
Blood orange juice. Drink a glass of this in the morning – hits the spot! No, it’s not orange juice mixed with blood if that’s what you are thinking. The blood orange is a variety of orange with crimson, blood-colored flesh. The blood orange is often described as a hybrid between the pomelo and the tangerine, but it is actually just a mutation of a sweet orange.
As a kid when introduced to these unusual greens, I’d turn my nose up at these “strong flavored” greens. Yes, I know we are talking about the same person that goes bonkers over salad mix. Funny thing, taste changes and you get used to the flavor. Now I come to appreciate, that if a vegetable that “has taste” is a good for you. The strong the better!
Potatoes in pots
Youngins – baby salad greens.
Now is the time to stock up on seeds for spring. Check out our online seed store, at www.FreedomSeeds.org – featuring seeds grown by the people for the people.
Speaking of seeds and our little seed company (that’s celebrating it’s FIRST anniversary!) there’s been some comments of late that I’d like to address regarding our (limited) selection of varieties.
The greens are recovering from the first frost we had but three weeks ago. The are safe and sound in their little hoop houses. To ensure the frost doesn’t bite them again Justin covers the cloth row covers in plastic every night.
Broccoli. Looking forward to our first spears!
New to gardening, wondering what you can plant this time of year? It’s not to early/late to start all sorts of greens, root crops, radishes and brassicas. Don’t forget you can stock up on seeds for your Freedom Garden at Freedom Seeds.
Gorgeous meyer lemons
With the meyer lemons (given to us by a friend – thanks Paul!) with this round of kombucha made a meyer lemon syrup. YUM! Gonna almost taste like soda pop!
Part of the pantry with the storehouse of “staples” – oats, flours, rice and a few dried beans. We try to keep our pantry stock with basic staples. Staples that our pioneer counterparts would be familiar with.
To help us along our path and the direction we need to go we constantly ask ourselves “What would the Ingalls do?” Of course, in this modern age and stuck in the city it’s a hybridized life but that question helps keep us focused on on course.
Scrap wood for our wood stove/heater
The “medicine chest” – dried herbs for health and other projects like soap. That reminds me – gotta make another batch of soap soon.
It’s amazing how much wild life in here in the city of Pasadena (lucky for us our city has lots of trees, the arroyo seco and backdrop of the majestic San Gabriel mountains.
Here’s a bird of prey checking out if there’s any food in the neighborhood….
Mrs or Mr Crow makes sure the predator’s not there for long.
Speaking of birds a flock of geese flew over the urban homestead this morning – unfortunately didn’t have the camera with me. As I said before in another entry, we must be on their migratory flight path.
Snoozers. Catching zzzzzz’s and ray’s. No work or worries for these guys – lazy daisies!
Hope this latest pictorial post left you inspired to “bloom where you are planted!”
As 2009 quickly comes to a close our family wishes yours a productive and purposeful new year.
Coming up, a two week meal wrap up, another round of highlights from 2009, new “hopesolutions” for 2010 and more!
Looking for something to inspire you (and others) throughout 2010?
Buy a beautiful calendar of stunning nature and simple living photos–and be encouraged to grow more of your own food! Plus you’ll be supporting an important work of educating others how to be more self-sufficient.
The calendar is a wall calendar, and each month has a different picture. Some months have a group of pictures. The pictures are of nature and simple living topics and reflect the seasons of the year to a certain extent.
Ok, I have a confession to make. My goal here is to sell 1000 + of these calendars (we aren’t there yet!) That’s not too much to hope for? If we don’t — I’ll, I’ll…. I’ll have to think of something.