Ceolan as a baby

Baby Pics

Has it already been a week since our goat adventure? My, how time flies! And to think we are almost through 1/2 a year already!

Jordanne got these baby pics of Ceolan off the theCladdagh Farm website. Her pink nose is pretty cute (that sold Jordanne!) and not found very often in her breed of goats.
The goats think Jordanne is their momma and love sitting on her lap – both of them. Each has to have their fair share of lovin’.  I’ll have to get a picture of Jordanne with the two goats on her lap, that is, if you all aren’t tired of goat photos?

Baby goats are certainly playful little creatures and you can watch them play for hours and they playfully “headbutt” each other. The black one, Pixie Dust, gets up on her little hind legs, tilts her head to the side and butts the white one, Ceolan, who, being a bit bigger, returns the favor. Both goats love romping on the straw bales we put in for them to climb on. The chickens and ducks are slowly accepting their new roommates in this peaceable backyard animal kingdom.

June Gloom in May

The premature “June Gloom” (low clouds, giving way to sunshine) weather pattern continues with no end in sight. We are still keeping a watchful eye on the summer crops.

Visiting our neighborhood nursery you can tell by the many yellow looking tomatoes that this cool weather is something to be concerned about. I was tempted to add a few new varieties of tomatoes to our collection this year, but thought otherwise, not wanting to bring the possible infected plants onto our property. Such nursery stock looks good when you buy them, but once you bring them home, it’s all downhill from there.

In the zone

But I Only Took A Sip!

A bit of comic whimsy this morning.

Jordanne snapped this photo of a lazy (and “under the influence’ *sic*) cat. Cat Stevens was lounging in his favorite chair in the living room looking all relaxed and sleepy, like he was hung over.  She couldn’t resist adding an extra touch to complete the photo – an empty wine bottle. Burp. 

Nothing like a sip of wine to get one so relaxed and nice and glazy (those eyes – yikes!).
Yeah, baby, it’s a “wild world.”

Buzzing Around the Urban Homestead

Jordanne took a call the other day from a reader in West Virginia. Thank you for taking the time to call and tell us how much this website means. Your phone call really made our day, it meant a lot to us. Often we feel drained from our efforts and getting something like this in return is priceless. We hope we have encouraged you to continue your journey even though it’s a lonely path. We wish you the best in your travels. 

This year with the looming re-roofing construction that needs to be done on our house the next few months (probably in June), it is going to be a stressful time. Unfortunately, the roofing work comes at a time in the season when we usually schedule workshops and community events months ahead of time. This year, however, we’ll be taking things week to week/day to day.   All of us are working like crazy to get as many unfinished project completed along with the regular work and chores need to be done on the homestead and also with the business.  

For those of you who are waiting for part two of the website – please, please be patient. It will be up, but we cannot guarantee when.   We  prefer to make our living with our own hands and off the land rather relying on this site to be taken over by advertisements . This means that our livelihood comes first and foremost and work/writings on the site must take a back seat. We apologize  for the delay as I know many of you are eagerly awaiting part 2 to be launched… we are too. 😉

In the meantime, we are enjoying time well spent in the garden and working together on projects here on the homestead.  

“100 Mile Potluck”

We are also tidying up the place for a community event on Sunday. We are pretty excited about throwing a“100 Mile Potluck” It will be interesting to see what people have to bring to this proactive event.   We wanted to make sure people learn/engage in a positive change at this film screening. Instead of having people just grab something from the ever tempting isle of Trader Joes and then sit passively through watching a film on peak oil and the changes it will inflict, we wanted to get people to think about where there food comes and what our local foodshed provides or doesn’t provide.

Earth stewardship begins at home…


Back to the Garden {Christianity Today}
Digging in the dirt as spiritual formation.

Perhaps most compelling is Guroian’s belief that in our urban and suburban worlds we are losing consciousness of our deep, primal connection to the earth. We must reconnect, “Lest we forget who and what we are,” he writes, to which I would add, “and Whose we are.”
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The Pleasures of Eating {Wendell Berry}

Many times, after I have finished a lecture on the decline of American farming and rural life, someone in the audience has asked, “What can city people do?””Eat responsibly,” I have usually answered. Of course, I have tried to explain what I meant by that, but afterwards I have invariably felt that there was more to be said than I had been able to say. Now I would like to attempt a better explanation.
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Invasion of the IPOD {NewsHour}

… But what does it mean if we’re all walking around with earphones on? Does the technology give us new freedom and opportunity to experience and shape our world or does it put us into individual bubbles and keep people from connecting, making us, as some sociologists say, alone together?
…You give certain kinds of signals to those around you in social space, the most important of which is: You don’t matter. What I’m doing is more important. I have the cell phone conversation; I have the ear phones on; I’m focused on what I want to do. Ergo, none of you exist.
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{I notice that in public places people could careless about who they are sharing the planet with. People are listening in their own little world, but as the Paul Simon ballad goes they aren’t really “hearing.” }
As ‘organic’ goes mainstream, will standards suffer? {CSM}

Organic products now line the shelves at Safeway and Costco. And Wal-Mart – already the nation’s largest organic-milk seller – says it wants to sell more organic food. Large companies including Kraft, General Mills, and Kellogg own sizable organic- and natural-food brands. Now, they are developing organic versions of their own products, too.
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{I remember when… health food stores were some dinky hole in the wall and the only thing “healthful” in stores was the produce isle (or some tucked away section on the lowest shelf ). Organics have come along way but at what price? Good news or bad?  Isn’t good food a right for all; however, when the corporations get a hold of anything good they always leave a stain. }

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  1. Jen in Kansas says:

    Will you be adding a “green rooftop” with plantings? Or do you already have one?

    The work you’re doing is so inspiring! I wish I lived close enough to drop in for a visit.

  2. JBB says:

    No, never too many goat pictures!

  3. Anais says:

    Hi Jen

    Unfortunately our 1917 California Craftsman/Bungalow has too steep of a roof pitch to do any such plantings.

    Perhaps one day …. on another such property were we can build a totally green house. 😉

  4. JBB says:

    Nice family picture–on the front page, no less!

  5. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais,PTF has touched so many lives including my own,your postings and photos make us all ‘think’,then we ‘act’and travel the path,if we did not experience loneliness,then we would not be able to value companionship.We need time as individuals,we need time as companions to each other,time is more important than money!BTW,the soya milk maker has arrived!

  6. Sam Hagins says:

    How about a picture of the family ( I think there are four) with your names as I can’t seem to keep the names straight.

  7. Anais says:

    Hi Sam

    You can see photos of the family at

    click on “read more” and you will read about us and see our photos with our names.