A lot of catching up!

Much has happened on Point 6 Acre between January and July. Projects were completed around the property, not the least of which was the exterior of the house got painted – yay!

I love it. The house looks fresh and accents the gardens. In the photo on the right, Paul’s Himalayan Musk heritage rose puts on a show.

This is a bizarre growing year. Spring alternated wet and cold, hot and dry, with no indication of when it would do what. Consequently, the plants and trees had no idea what season they were in. The plum and peach trees were full of blossoms, but it was too chilly for the pollinators. Red currant bushes were pollinated, gooseberries – not so much. Beets and onions were a bust. Peppers and basil are in the poly tunnel and seem unperturbed. Bush and pole beans are up and growing. We’ll see how they do. No guarantees. New to me, are chick peas and soy beans. At this point, they seem to be doing well. Seen foreground in the photo below (raised bed), the chick peas have a lovely feathery foliage. I’m curious to see how they turn out.

Iris (doe) and Alex (wether) moved in in April. I am besotted. They are the La Mancha breed known for their even temperament, steady production of fairly high fat milk, and tiny ears. This rich milk is what I’m after for both luxuriant soaps and cheese production.

In May the broilers arrived. British Columbia suffered extreme flooding in the Lower Mainland which had an impact on the availability of broilers. As Cornish Cross were unavailable, I opted for a heritage variety, known in some areas as Freedom Rangers or Meat Ballers. I find them to be a personable bird that behaves like a chicken, rather than eats non-stop like the CC. There also isn’t the same time crunch to process them, which is a relief.

In this video they are offered supervised free-range time. There are cases of Avian Flu in British Columbia which means all my birds: layers, ducks, and broilers, are in lock-down. The chickens and ducks have their runs, the broilers have the BABmobile and BABmobinette, but I take a small chance and let them free-range whenever I can.

I’ve attended two Sunday markets this season. All the other Sunday’s it rained.

The irony of having a goat milk soap business is it can’t get wet until you want it to get wet.

Busy time of year. I’m glad to have Iris and Alex on blackberry control. I look forward to showing Iris at the West National Goat Show in August.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this snippet of a catch-up.

Warmly,

Brin

Update on the Huajiao (Flower Pepper)

I am pleased with this crop of Huajiao. Each year it increases. So tasty!

In the first picture you can see the black seeds bursting from the shell. The seeds get thrown away, it’s the pink shell which is used. The second picture shows the usable Huajiao pepper.

I wonder what next year’s crop will bring?

Are you ready? Here we go!

The Story. Yes, we all have – a beginning to our journey.

My earliest and fondest memories, seriously, are ones when I’m outside. Playing, walking, swimming, hiking, creating roadways in the sandbox or the dirt. Observing. Birds. Bird-song. Wind in the trees, flowers, bees, insects in flight, curiosities.

I am, at heart, a person geared toward the outdoors.

From an early age my being, soul, creativity, expressed itself outside. More in tune with the rythym of nature and wildlife than that of the classroom.

Everywhere I have lived, whether rented or owned, I created gardens. Flowers and veggies in profusion. I couldn’t help myself.

Long before I knew anything about permaculture or regenerative agriculture, I intuitively knew that gardens and growing and adding diversity was important.

I am hopeful you will read on, and, in this era of profound change, follow with me as I share my journey of producing sustainable, ethical, delicious products.