Yesterday was an ideal spring day to hike in the mountains, it’s been awhile since we been hiking since the past couple weekends has either been raining or had chance of rain The hillsides were vibrant with new growth and masses of colorful wildflowers brighten the lush green carpet of wild grasses.
Saturday’s weather was slightly overcast and cooler than Friday – perfect hiking weather. As we hike along the stream we spotted a few pairs of mallard ducks peacefully paddling in the sream and occasionally we heard the croaking of frogs that made the day even more special to be serenaded by such calming, natural sounds. We are blessed that this peaceful environment is only a little over 5 minutes away from our house, what a way to spend an afternoon.
IT’S A WRAP
Today was the last day of filming for the students at USC who are making the documentary which our family/project is a part of. They wanted to get a few shots of daily life on the homestead and arrived bright and early (a little before 5:30 am). The director said she got lots of gardening footage on the last visit and wanted to patch in a few more homesteading activities. First on the agenda was filming us eating breakfast by oil lamp with homemade granola and a bowl of homegrown blood oranges, then it was outside to catch a bartering transaction between a friend of ours who brought some avocados and dried jujubes in trade for our duck eggs and bag of freshly picked salad greens.
Next, they wanted some action so Jordanne got on the bicycle grain mill and ground some flour that will be used to make bread tomorrow in the cob oven. We also rolled a couple of beeswax candles. I showed them how we use our hand washer, line dry clothes and stash of bulk staples and canned peaches and marmalade (only a few jars left!).
Justin showed them how we saved seeds and the file cabinet drawers filled to the brim with brown envelopes and glass jars of seeds and last but not least and interview with Jules on his thoughts about what this project has meant to our family. One of my favorite quotes of the day is when he said “we’re living it!” Those walking this path aren’t “talking ’bout” but “living the revolution,” a revolution that will bring about change.
Chatting with them afterwards the crew figured they shot about 5 or so hours of footage here on the homestead and only 10 minutes will be used. This documentary will début May 6 on the campus of USC and the director informed us today that we are allowed to invite 20 friends (let’s see here, going down the list – who to choose?). After that initial screening the film will hopefully make it into selected film festivals and hopefully here for a screening at PTF.
For all you West Wing fans (yeah, we are pretty upset about the sudden termination of this series) you might be interested to know that the director that has been putting together this “ready or not” documentary partially filmed here on the PTF homestead, also assisted with tonight’s West Wing episode (“Welcome To Wherever You Are”).
IN THE GARDEN
Blooming blackberries, arugula bed and first fruits
The blackberries are blooming (a bit early I may add) and the peaches and apples already have decent fruit set. The eva’s pride peach branches are covered completely with tiny almond shaped green fruit. Could it be a good year for peaches, in a few months we’ll certainly find out.
The raised beds are lush carpets of different salad greens, deep dark broccoli and sweat snow peas and onions. Today we planted more tomatoes, beans and other warm weather crops and potted up seedlings into 4″ pots so they’ll be ready to go once the beds need replacing. How we love spring!
This afternoon, it was time to put back the bottle bed that had been taken out when the guys expanded the animal enclosure. There are so many bottles that are in thrown away out the restaurants that we deliver to. Most of them recycle the bottles, but I snatched a few of the light green and blue bottles to make colorful borders through the garden. I only have enough bottles to do one bed, good thing because the other bed across the walkway will have to wait while we figure if we are going to be building a goat house or not. Now what to plant in the new bottle bed, I’m thinking either bright light swiss chard – the colorful yellow, red and pink steams would look stunning behind the green bottles.
Fixing your eyes without glass/contacts.
Reading a recent post from theCar Free Family about vision therapy, I remember when one of our family members began to have eye trouble. I would like to share with our success with such alternative therapy.
When Justin was nearing teenage years, he started having trouble reading/seeing things far away. Jules has had to wear glasses most of his adult life, but didn’t want one of his kids to be dependent on having to see an optometrist and the burden of wearing glasses or contact lenses.
We thought it best to try a natural, holistic approach to just rushing him to see an optometrist so we visited our local library to see what we could find. We found a few books on correcting your eyesight without glasses. Reading through the book Justin took up exercising his eyes – through techniques like palming/sunning and various eye exercises using the Bates method (see below) even using pinhole glasses which Jules uses to this day to watch TV, Over time, Justin’s eyes strengthened and his eyesight improved and we are happy to say years later he is not in need of glasses or contacts.
Natural Vision – A series of simple exercises may free you from wearing eyeglasses
Eyeglasses can be quite the little fashion accessory, but wouldn’t you rather have clear vision than sporty specs? You can, and without resorting to LASIK scalpels, despite what your business-minded ophthalmologist may tell you.In the early 1900s, an astute eye doctor named William Horatio Bates realized he was regularly prescribing increasingly stronger lenses to patients whose eyesight never improved but, rather, grew increasingly worse. Sound familiar?The pioneering doctor created the Bates Method, based on the view that, in many cases, glasses cover up the symptoms of a problem rather than address its cause. Bates believed that, like any set of muscles, eye muscles can become stiff or atrophied. Stress, unconscious mental or physical strain, and the habit-forming muscle tensions of early vision problems can all contribute to poor eyesight because they slow the flexibility of the eye muscles used in focusing.