Gals and Goats
We took the goats on a short hike to the Upper Arroyo. The afternoon was quite warm (for the goats) so we stopped at shady “Teddy’s Outpost” and let the goats climb the hillsides, rocks and Jordanne even gave them a lesson in crossing streams. Fairlight didn’t have a problem crossing the stream; however, Blackberry was a bit more cautions and needed a little more coaxing and encouragement.
We’ve been in preliminary correspondence with a local herbalist who we hope will present a basic “kitchen” herbal medicine workshop sometime in the future (learn how to make tinctures, salves, syrups, etc.). Trying to figure out if we should schedule such a workshop for a winter session or wait till spring.
Speaking of workshops, we also contacted a winemaker in the area, but haven’t heard anything back yet.
Also, stay tuned for details for the upcoming details of the “100 Mile Harvest Potluck” in November … we hope to have a special guest.
It’s Almost Here!
Received a call from the woodstove folks in Hermosa Beach. The stove is expected to arrive on Wednesday!
This morning we picked up over a dozen hay bales from one of our upscale clients (they had a party over the weekend). We are still using up the last bunch we picked up from them a few months back (think it was like 18 bales sometime in summer) On Wednesday we are going to be picking up another 10 or so bales. Best to stock up when you can. Anyhow, can’t turn our backs on natural mulch and,best of all, it’s free!
Duck Sitting & Dating Service
We’ll be babysitting Dixie and Dawn’s (our two Khaki Campbell) two sisters come December. Their “parents,” a young couple who live in Sunland, will be traveling to Florida for the holidays and usually leave Lela and Lola with us to watch while they are away.
However, on this visit they may be introduced to a dashing young male Khaki Campbell. The bachelor lives with another friend of ours in South Pas (sheesh, ever since we got Khaki Campbell’s over four years ago seems like everyone now has one). The couple in South Pas has too many ducks (after falling in love after seeing our little duckies– the next spring they bought over 16 ducks and another dozen or so the following year) and they are wanting to find a good home for this fellow. So it may be high time our girls and their sisters meet and get to know this young fella… and perhaps little duckies will follow. And you know what means? We’ll have to find good and loving homes for any extra little duck guys and girls.
I wonder how the male duck will fit in amongst the peaceful cohabitation of the ducks and chickens we now have – they live peacefully together so it should be interesting to watch this reality show play out.
Now that another year is coming to close and, with PTF passing a six year milestone of journal postings over the summer, we’d like to hear from our readers and even you lurkers out there. We’ve been blessed that we’ve had a chance to openly share our journey to offer inspiration to fellow travelers along the way. By posting here on the journal we are able to share a bit of our daily lives, our hopes, passions, concerns with you.
It’s been amazing to see how far and wide this website reaches — over 100 countries, readers come from all walks of life, different religions and political views . Earth stewardship and the simple life erases (or should erase) all sorts of political, religious or class divides.
When people do meet us, one question most asked is “whose the one who writes the journal?” Of course, I answer “I do,” but have to clarify that I am writing the thoughts, ideas, concerns, conversations for EVERY member of the family who doesn’t have time to post his/her own thoughts or daily happenings (well, not that I have time either!) I am just the “pen” or “voice” for all.
There’s so much to write about, we don’t even get around to everything like deeper issues or personal feelings (rants!) about things that bother us or what affect us. Besides, the journal is more about telling you, our readers, what we did today, our success and struggles with a few personal opinions thrown in here and there.
Let’s try something different today. Instead of “me” writing this post, let’s hear from you.
Tell us how are we doing – any suggestions. comments good or bad (don’t be shy) to help us improve this site and journal.
Of course, we have our own ideas that would improve this site: finish part 2 (the “how to” section), perhaps resuscitate‘The Path’ newsletter (which in all the new projects and shuffling fell by the wayside), expand the online store to help cover cost of site’s upkeep and support the outreach programs, and perhaps find someone that would like help build the‘Trail Guide’ source (although this section of the PTF site was a good idea, sad to say, never really took off – can’t understand why)
OK, we spoke our peace now your turn.