Last week Brian and I were out in the rain fixing up our rabbit hutch. Bunny is growing fast and seems happy in her new home. Meanwhile our menagerie keeps on growing.
We moved our 10 chicks into the coup outside and got a 5 month old great pyrenees puppy to protect our animals, and a barn cat named Mike.
A while ago we still had 6 happy free range chickens including one rooster. It sadly took all of them being eaten before I realized it was a clever hungry coyote that waited for the perfect time to strike.
We named our pyrenees girl Zola which in the Zulu language stands for tranquil. She's going to be the protector of our property. Everyone is getting along really well which is such a relief! The best part is getting up every morning to greet everyone! This unconditional love thing is contagious!! I can't wait to add piggies & maybe some alpacas to the flock. 1st we need to learn how to grow our own food and work on our master plan. In a book we bought called '5 acres and a dream' Leigh Tate describes how helpful it was to her and her husband to draw the 'big plan' on paper. 5 acres of space to do whatever with can get overwhelming. We have 1000's of ideas but the trick is to fit them all within our budget and to make sure they work together. The feed barn close by the animals, water by the future garden, the location of the sun and shade etc. Which brings a lot of questions into play. What to grow, how much, where to start. I just keep having to remind myself there's no one right way of doing things and the best thing for us to do is just start and take it one bite at a time. Knowing that mistakes are part of it as well as loss but love through learning what works best for us.
We're interested in learning how to make our own dog food including feed for our other animals down the road. Right now we're focussing on the big picture. We're fantasizing about a screened patio and a natural pool, an outdoor kitchen/relax area, happy healthy animals roaming, kids playing! And then there's the smell of rain that reminds me how exciting the raw simple side of life is.