Summer is here and the return of many things that shout, “It’s summer!” We saw temperatures this week nearing 100 degrees, which caused us to spend a lovely afternoon/evening at a nearby lake. When we returned home, we found our first rattlesnake of the year waiting for us approximately 10 feet from the front door. And then the next day a friend called to let me know that there was a column of smoke nearby. The first wildfire of the year (caused by a vehicle parked in dry grass), two-miles northwest of our house, with winds forecast to increase…yes, northwest winds, which would have pushed that fire right to our doorstep. We set up irrigation sprinklers on that side of our property, got some things ready to go and happily watched as the smoke column disappeared thanks to fire fighting efforts. Out before the winds increased. And our new incursion into beekeeping has been interesting and both of our colonies have now swarmed (which you can prevent if you are paying better attention than we are). They landed nearby, awaiting scouts to tell them where to go next, and we were able to easily capture each one into a new box so we now have four colonies where we once had two.
We have new goats, three Nigerian Dwarfs, which we are either inheriting or simply care-taking for some friends who are having trouble keeping goats out of the jaws of a mountain lion. The two females are pregnant and due, next week.
And we’ve added two more adult female rabbits to our breeders, Loup Loup (formerly Lupe) and Cinnamon. Some other friends needed to rehome them so we of course said, yes.
And our latest and (I hope) last additions for the year for the year: two piglets, who will turn into hogs, who will turn into bacon, shoulder roast and me.
Never a dull moment here on Rising Moon Farm!
Our new rabbit does, Loup Loup and Cinnamon.
by David LaFever