It has been a busy few weeks here at Campodimele Farm. It seems as if the work is never ending at times and yet we do have quite a bit of down time where we are brought to a standstill for one reason or another. Medical emergencies meant our focus was elsewhere for a time. Weather also impacts us obviously and means we sit and plan or dream while waiting for the weather to change. At times it feels as if we are wasting time and at other points it feels as if time moves too quickly and we want it to slow down. I find myself growing impatient and anxious at various times wanting to get things done and worrying if that pesky zombie apocalypse will happen before I have everything ready. I have so many things that will cost more money than I can budget and yet we manage to find a way to accomplish more than I think we can.
One son found a large stash of 6 foot high chain link fencing being tossed by a company. They told him to haul it away. We have a fenced area now ready for pigs or hogs when we decide what we want and fit it into our budget.
One expenditure was chicken wire to enclose a penned area for our little Bantam Silkies. We fixed the little coop for them and one section also holds the start of our quail family. One of the mama quails is sitting on eggs so we are hoping to have babies soon. One of the coop sections also houses a pheasant. We have long term plans to build an aviary set up for several of them soon. We decided to move the ducks into this pen also. We were shepherding them in nightly to protect them after losing so many to predators overnight. But as we had to deal with a family member hospitalized, it was too risky to not have the ducks safely contained in case I couldn’t get home at a reasonable hour to chase them in. At this point the ducks seem ton actually love being there so we’re leaving them in until we can build a bigger enclosure elsewhere for just them.
Remember that budget I am also hamstrung by? Well aside from free fence, we were also gifted with a female goat this month. She was a hand raised, bottle fed gal who needed the fellowship of more goats. Her living situation was in a smaller area and she was lonely. It took only a day for her to adjust and now she is so happy and playful out here with the other goats. In the process we were able to make a new friend – her previous owner who has visiting privileges!
It was only a few days later that we found ourselves awaiting the birth of new kids. Our original female mama Whiskey was expecting. Sure enough once again she had twins, Rose’ and Sambucca!
Mama Whiskey is understandably proud. She is an excellent mama, taking her babies to the stall each night just at dark but bringing them out to explore every morning! Her original twins Brandy and Bourbon are quite the unusual characters! They climb on everything and anything if given a chance! We do enjoy watching them run and climb and jump. Unfortunately it is difficult to keep two un-neutered males. So we made the decision to sell Bourbon. He will be better off not being bullied by his dad Buddy and Buddy will be comfortable remaining the alpha male for a while longer!
We have been working in the feed room and greenhouse enclosure this past week too. We undertook a major cleaning project to get it all more organized. It’s easy to let feed droppings lay but that attracts rodents – something I do not want to contend with if at all possible! After cleaning I planted all new veggie starts and several new herbs so that we will have fresh food all winter. Our winters here in Florida are mild enough to keep gardens going!
We are feeling more and more settled and confident in what we have undertaken. Just sitting and enjoying watching wildlife as well as our own livestock means many hours of peace and pleasure. Even when I feel anxious or stressed with life and all the pressures it brings, we find a few minutes out back is all it takes to remind us that all is well!