Working on the animal’s enclosure. Garden veggies.
“…you may not be able to change the world, but you can at least change your footprints on this earth. ~ Jules Dervaes ~
Another gray and drizzly morning. Good weather for salad greens but not for heat loving crops like tomatoes, cukes and squash.
Jordanne bemoaned to me this morning that now we’ll have to take out the new straw we just put in the animal enclosure last week when temps were hitting triple digits. Because, now, it’s a compacted, wet mess. Oh. well. It’s not a really big chore anyhow and all the animals get excited when you work in the enclosure. They act all happy and they are fun to watch. On Sunday, the goats are scheduled for their monthly manicure. It’s time to clip their hooves. When we went to pick up the goats, Emily was nice enough to sit down with
Jordanne and show her step by step how to trim the hooves. Hopefully the hoof trimming will go smoothly and we will all come out with the same number of fingers as when we started. The trimming is easy; it’s controlling the goats that’s the challenge. They are very, very strong and make a lot of quick movements.
Animals require a lot of responsibility and care as does the earth beneath our feet. Animals that share this planet with us teach us first-hand (as we accumulate “dirt” on our knees and hands) how we, as new pioneers (pilgrims, pathfinders, trailblazers, urban homesteaders, city farmers, new agrarians -what have you), should act as responsible stewards of this “big blue marble” planet earth. As one of our reader’s put it:
I see you folks as trailblazers and pilgrims, abandoning the old ways that do not work and venturing into new territories, looking back over your shoulders at us and saying, come on after, it’s safe!
Let’s walk this path to freedom — together.