It being high canning season, all the local grocery stores are clean out of cheesecloth. I had very little cheesecloth left, and I was getting dangerously low on pillowcases (which I will soon need for apple cider season - I can't cut them all up, even if I sleep on naked pillows.). The above picture illustrates what happens when you skimp on cheesecloth. One layer is simply not a fine enough mesh - the curds, while under pressure, will bubble out through the holes. It makes no difference in how the cheese tastes, but it is a rather alarming sight. Also, very hard to get the cheesecloth off.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Despite the recent trade network malfunction involving the Kale Fairy's newfound vegetarianism, the powers that be must still be smiling on my endeavor, because today I finagled the greatest trade ever!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
So the Kale Fairy called me the other day, and said that she has decided she doesn't want a grass-raised kid after all. She can't be responsible for the death of a cute baby animal.
Django eating thistles. The goats do eat thistles, but not with great enthusiasm and not nearly enough of them to make a dent in the great sea of thistles that covers 75% of my pasture.
The roses like the hot dry weather. They are blooming for the third time this year.
My plum tree is bearing. First year! I thought the plums would never get ripe, but finally they are turning purple.
Poppy is growing like a weed. She is taller than her mother already. She has learned to walk on a lead. She is the sweetest, most lovable pony! She runs up to me wherever I am and kisses me.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Second and final potato harvest. About the same as the first; more or less ten pounds. This second harvest has larger potatoes and fewer little ones. But all in all, I think both harvests were more or less equal - about three or four potatoes for each one planted. Or, to measure another way, twenty to twenty five pounds of potatoes from a plot roughly two feet wide by four feet long. The size of a coffee table.
I'm so very proud of my daughter Rowan. She has worked extremely hard this year and has succeeded in taking the raw alpaca fleece from it's natural state to the beautiful display you see above. She washed it, dried it, dyed it, carded it, and spun it on a drop spindle. She has spent something like thirty hours on it so far. Her yarn is truly a lovely finished product.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Oh my God, the last batch of cheese I made takes the cake for best cheese ever. It's theoretically cheddar, because I cheddared it, but really it's just farmhouse cheese. After cheddaring and pressing under about 50 pounds pressure for twelve hours on each side, I cut it into large cubes, salted it, and put it in a bowl in the fridge. Now it's a week old.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
The Kale Fairy has once again spread her gossamer green wings over us and rained down chlorophyl from heaven.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
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Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The Kale Fairy showered me with her largess yesterday. One gallon of kale, one of chard, one of lettuce, a pound or more of green beans, four bulbs of fennel, and a zucchini the size of my thigh (and I don't have dainty thighs). Oh and a big bunch of parsley.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I actually got something that can legitimately be called a harvest from my garden this year! Up until yesterday, my 2009 harvest consisted of several handfuls of spinach, about one bunch of radishes, a couple pounds of snap peas, one very large cucumber, and twenty or so tomatoes. Counting the cherry tomatoes. It was the worst garden year ever.