For anyone who doesn't know, Patch Farmstead is close to the middle of nowhere. About 6 miles behind our farm is 9000 acres of NC Wildlife Department game lands and 15000 acres of the Green Swamp Preserve. The closest section of any of that to us is the part that is the bear sanctuary. Means that six miles from our house is protected bear territory. I'm not sure Dare was really ready to be plunked down into the wild and definitely not ready to be confronted with it all at once.
Jak was very interested when we got to this..
I've looked at more pig vulvas this week than I care to count. Is it pointing up? Is it???
Apparently, that's how you know a pig is pregnant and close to farrowing. I've learned more about hogs in the last few months than I thought a person could know, and I'm sure there's more to come. Right now, we think we've got two pregnant girls, one who isn't and one who could possibly be pregnant, but is so early on there's no way to know.
The chickens are going to be laying in a few weeks. Right now, they follow Tim like he's the pied piper, because they're used to him throwing treats to train them into the coop at night. So in just a couple of short months, we'll be over our heads in eggs (yahoo!). I actually bought store eggs for the first time in two years over Christmas. Never. Again.
Tim has a million plans laid out for produce. The fruit is already in the ground. Blackberries, peaches, blueberries. But the veg is coming. I can't wait for spring and summer. Gorgeous tomatoes, soft squash, strawberries and peppers. It's a ton of work. A giant metric freaking ton.
But we're doing it. We're really doing it!
You're the baby we didn't know we were having. You're the dream we talked about and planned for, but deep down, I thought we could never do it. I thought we'd be stuck wishing for our whole lives until corporate America turned me into an ugly angry person, and we were old and had to resort to plowing our backyard to get some semblance of satisfaction for our plans.
We are jumping into this like we jumped into having children. You're similar, you and the kids. I don't think anyone is ever really ready for either. You just have to make your mind up and do it, go head first. All the preparation and planning we could muster will neither make the baby sleep at night, nor make the ground bear fruit.
So here we are. We're ready for whatever you've got.