Butterfly enjoying artichoke
The butterflies are back for the summer, visiting the flowers, flitting from one to another.
Our emotions are still a raw after Moonshadow’s passing (thanks to all who wrote, it’s greatly appreciate during this dark time), but life goes on and there is work to be done as we move further in our journey.
One of the many things we learned from this circumstance is that we realize that urban homesteading here in Pasadena isn’t an ideal situation – for animals. Because we don’t have any males around, animals that we do raise to be healthy are unable to produce offspring we can enjoy. The animals – chickens, ducks and bunnies– are all living a dead-end life and, basically, it’s unnatural. When we loose the rest of the animals to old age or illness, we will then have to start all over again. Purchasing the animals from a hatchery or pet store, always starting anew. What good is that? There is no way to pick out the healthiest animals and raise even healthier offspring to continue their lineage.
Last week was a busy week. The guys have made considerable progress on the deck. There’s lots of work needing to be done in the garden – harvesting, watering, etc.
On Friday we harvested 100lbs of tomatoes! Sunday morning, a photographer (and his friend) hired by the Natural Home & Garden magazine, came to snap some photos for the upcoming article about PTF (should be in the Nov/Dec issue). The photographer used a $50,000 camera for most of his shoots. I can’t fathom there could be a camera that cost as much as two cars – unbelievable! We went through the photo shoot in a daze because of the situation with Moonshadow, so I am not sure how it went or how well we looked.
On Sunday afternoon there were many tasks to be taken care of. Justin brewed another batch of biodiesel, I peeled some peaches, Jordanne did her weekly cleaning of the animal area, Jules planted and tidied up the yard and worked on his “Post Petroleum” presentation for Sol Fest.
Ray came by on Friday to do some surgery on the oven – replacing a marble piece that cracked due to the intense heat and also made improvements on the oven door. We still have to put one more layer of plaster on the dome and plaster the bottom, then cover the plaster with boiled linseed oil to give it a protective coating. Hopefully that will all happen this week and then the cob oven will be completed!
Thinking along the Post Petroleum line: This year’s Sol Fest has a new workshop tent “Preparing for the Post-Petroleum World”. If one really thinks about it, in a post petroleum world would PTF travel 400 plus miles (one way — 800 miles roundtrip) to attend such a gathering? Nope. I don’t think so.(Perhaps we could bike there? We figured it would take about 10 days — one way). Really gets you thinking. Right now it’s so easy to get around and go places and get this and that.
The post carb lifestyle will be so topsy-turvy, it’s scary to even start to dissect our way of life into smaller and smaller pieces. We may have to learn to do without a lot of what we have come to depend on as normal. What’s scary is we don’t even know if we, ourselves, are ready for what’s in store. Right now we do our best to wean ourselves off our dependence(and we ain’t perfect). Sometimes, instead of taking painfully small steps, one seriously considers doing something drastic and unplugging the life-supports all together.