Slow food, local feast
Saturday evening we enjoyed another slow food dinner with family and friends. We hope to make this an ongoing tradition – slowing down and going back in time to when people from the community gathered – ate and socialized.
Everyone brought something to contribute and it’s great to see every time what different dishes people bring. Of course, we emphasis that the food should be as local (and organic) as possible – modeling it after the first ever (in Los Angeles) “100 Mile Potluck” that we hosted last month. After the four course dinner was served, it was time to mosey on over to the fire and chat (those brave enough sang songs by Bob Dylan or the Beatles) and listen to the soft sounds of guitars that filled the night with beautiful music. One man even brought his mandolin which added a lovely sound to the mix.
Thanks, everyone, for your food contributions (for helping with the dishes!) See you at the next gathering.
The goats are mischievous and smart little devils. On Friday, when Jordanne was cleaning out the “two story” bunny hutch, Fairlight decided that she wanted to get inside. She climbed into the lower level and stuck her head out the second level – hence, this funny photo. What a crazy girl!
Each goat is different in its personality and it’s great to see the each of their different characteristics coming out. Before all our guest arrived on Saturday, Jordanne took the goats to our neighbor’s yard two doors down to let them run and play in her enclosed front yard/lawn. They had a ball, sprinting from one side to the other and doing jigs and jives — a sort of “goat dance.”
Speaking of animals, hopefully this year we’ll find some time to hatch some heritage breed chickens. The first chickens to arrive on this homestead were back in 2002 (the very first chickens we had were back in the late 70s when Jules homesteaded in New Zealand).
Since 2002, the flock of 5 (Lizzie, Peggoty, Scarlett, Miss Clementine, Betsy Trottwood) is now down to 2. And we know that for the remaining two, their time here on the homestead will be nearing the end of their 5-7 year average lifespan. The three chickens died peacefully in their sleep over the last couple years and, hopefully, the last two will leave this world the same. If and when we hatch these new chickens, they will be raised even more holistically than the last bunch. A few years back, Jordanne had talked with a local old time chicken keeper and had done some research on raising them with a more holistic and natural (localized) diet. We’ve come up with a plan that will be a challenge to implement, but we are going to try out these “old time” feeding techniques that we figure just make sense. Jordanne, “Miss Doolittle” as we like to call her, a name given to her when she was little girl, is filled with a plethora of knowledge on holistically raising animals. On Jordanne’s bookshelf. there are binders and binders of information she has been collecting since we was a teenager on raising animals and she’s added a few holistic techniques herself.
One day she hopes to write down her collection of natural tips and techniques about raising backyard animals that she’s learned over the years of experience. People call and email her all time about what to do about cats, chickens, ducks so why not write it all down in a book form some day. In the meantime, stay tuned.
Anais, Jordanne & Janice take the goats for a walk
This afternoon, Jordanne & I went with a friend of ours to walk the goats in the Arroyo Seco. It was a lovely day and we (and the goats) had so much fun! The goats are an absolute riot to walk. They are so perceptive and out going. They are such a joy.