So trying to take the Blogging 101 course again but as usual doing it somewhat my own way. I am skipping day one which was 20 minutes of random writing. Skipping it why – because I am also participating in a writing challenge on 750words.com. Each day you write 750 words, go figure, and I had just finished doing that when I read the day one assignment. I went back over what I had written and didn’t feel like I wanted to share it nor did I want to do another 20 minutes of free writing so on to day two.
Day 2 – A room with a view
If I could transport myself to anywhere I wanted I would transport myself to my future hobby farm. For several years my husband I and enjoyed a dream life on our hobby farm in WI. I made some really great friends who introduced me to the fiber world. They took me to Shepherds Harvest where I fell in love with angora goats, so much so that within a short time I bought six of them. I loved my oaties which is what I called them. The first time they were sheared I felt sorry for them and made them all sweat shirt sweaters to help keep them warm they were quite a site. Sheared goats wondering around in red, green, and blue sweat shirts.
The following year when I went to the fiber festival I came home with two Argentinian llamas, they were so soft and sweet. One time I went to the feed store and came home with four chicks and two orange kittens who where litter mates. Those four chickens lead to a whole flock of chickens and meat birds. I loved laying out in the pasture during the summer time with all the animals surrounding us they were so curious and loving they made each day special. I miss them very much but won’t go into what happened if you really want to know you can read old posts.
I thought I was done farming but now I think perhaps I am not so if I could transport myself anywhere it would be to the hobby farm of my future. It will be a peaceful place filled with goats but milk goats this time for making cheese and soap. Goats are such intelligent creatures and they are so funny if you don’t believe me just check out some youtube videos of goats playing. They love to jump and run around and they are very curious.
I will also have a new flock of laying hens. Chickens are surprisingly friendly almost dog like in someways. They like to eat out of your hand, they follow you around, they want to know what you are doing all the time, and they are always interested in whatever you are eating. I will also have meat birds but they on the other hand are not so fun. They are only interested in food and the bigger they get the scarier they are. One time when I went out to give them some feed they were all over me, one landed on my head, one on my shoulder, and the rest were circling around me like crazy. It was kind of frightening. So why raise them? When we do it our self we know what we are getting and how they are treated. All of our animals will be free range as they were in the past and when I say free range I mean acres of free ranging.
This time I think I will also raise honey bees to help with the decrease in their population and to enjoy their honey. In order to do this I will need a honey bee garden with lots of beautiful flowers. I love yellow flowers so sun flowers for sure but also roses. This garden will be a mix of flowers and fruit bearing plants such as strawberries, raspberries and grapes. Which I will use to make canned goods. One of my greatest pleasures is picking fresh fruit and turning it into delicious jams and jellies. The taste of fresh preserves can’t be beat.
My farm will also have a large vegetable/fruit garden. I would like to grow as much of my own food as possible. Again canning and putting up the extras. Eating fresh off the cob corn in January is amazing it gives you a little taste of summer during the long cold dark months of winter.
I think I could go on and on about my future hobby farm but I will quit writing for now but keep on dreaming of the simple life that is yet to come.
Till next time craft on.