Sorry I haven’t posted anything in almost a week — my days seem to fill up so quickly I didn’t find the time…
By the way, the most recent Big News is that I passed my massage therapist licensing test; as soon as I send in the form and the fee, I’ll be official!
Now, on the photos:
#151: Greens For the Chickens.
This is actually an accidental shot as I was setting up the camera, but it turned out to be my favorite!
We try to cut “greens” — weeds, grasses, etc — for the chickens every day, a bucket for each of the three flocks. This month it’s become my job.
Since we have a farm with both plants and animals, the plants need protecting from the livestock. Because the ground is solid lava rock (with maybe an inch of soil on top, if that), it’s hard to build fences. So, our chickens can’t be free-ranged.
Instead, they live in large open-wired roofed pens that my Dad designed (search for “Hubbell Bubble” to see articles written about it!). There is also an added benefit of protecting our hens from rat, cat, and mongoose attacks — the pests of our neighborhood.
The chickens still get to scratch at bare ground, but they don’t get the fresh greens which are so important for their health and for the lovely dark yokes of good eggs. Hence our daily collection, which often doubles as weeding the plants of the farm. I love it when everything is multipurpose!
#152: My Pagan Alter.
At the top is my alter space; in the middle are a couple of my spiritual paintings and the wing I preserved (and also my pajama pants — the wire shelves are my dresser, too); and at the bottom is the new box, on top of which is a great bumper sticker given to me by a dear friend.
I may have mentioned how I change around my alter once in a while… This time, it was because I acquired the lovely box at the bottom of the picture, and I knew right away I wanted to use to for my extra pagan stuff; storing whatever isn’t being used for the alter, and my things from the OBOD, and so forth.
#153: Exploring Volcano.
Mum and Dad exploring a trail in Hawaii Volcano National Park.
A lot of times when it’s raining at home, it’ll be nice weather somewhere else. This time, the nice weather was making an appearance up at the park, so we decided to go take a hike!
A while ago, Dad bought a small tractor. It has been invaluable in helping to keep up with the mowing on the land around our crops. And as an added bonus, Dad loves to ride around on it!