Saturday, July 25, 2015

Things We're Doing


A new homestead takes up a lot of time


we don't mind as the Lord tells us to occupy until He returns

and so, we do

we still have coffee beans from the last homestead's coffee trees


and I have been roasting and grinding them as we use them
we enjoy our own coffee beans immensely 
and at the risk of sounding biased...
they taste better than coffee beans from the store shelves


of course, while the hens keep marching around the new homestead...
looking and scratching for their meals...


my husband has been planting more trees such as bananas...
and coffee trees

one can never have too many of these


and would you believe it?
the cherry trees are already bearing!


we've been eating them right off the trees


we are almost finished with the roofing of the herb garden...
and have started putting up the fence around it to let the chickens know...
it is off limits to yard fowl


we got ourselves a Saamen milk goat
she is a couple years old and is giving milk still after her last kidding
the former owner bred her and hopefully she took


in the mornings when I take the dogs for their walk...
we go down to the bridge construction to see how it is coming along

well, it is coming along at a snail pace but...
coming


after checking out the bridge progress...
we head back up the road towards home to check out the mango trees


a man who owns the property next to ours has mango groves...
that he no longer harvests and lets others freely take from them


with all those delicious mangoes falling...
I really can't let them go to waste


I pick up most from the ground that are in good condition
we not only eat them...
but also give them to our goats and cow


Ms. Ruthie Moo Moo found her way to the mango trees the other morning...
and didn't think to leave me any to pick up

that's okay...
she's been a great cow with super good milk
she deserves the treat


May your day or night find the grace of the Lord.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Two Came



That little front loading washer came


and now I can do my laundry once again by machine
we do run it by solar power as that is the only electrical power we have

and I do like the way the washer works for me
it sits just outside the kitchen door under the covered herb garden

should I ever need another machine in the future...
I may not want to go back to a top loader...
with agitators that...heh... agitate me
seems washer agitators can get into trouble over time

in any case, I am glad for some help with the laundry


speaking of which...
half of the roofing is on
hopefully soon, we will get that finished in the not too distant future



we had a visitor who has stayed thus far


a jersey cow that came to see our Ms. Ruthie Moo Moo
they seem to get along well
she belongs to someone who had her tethered on the land next to ours
she broke the tether and came on over

the funny thing is...
we have been looking for a jersey cow for a while
they are rare here on this island and those who have them...
don't care to sell them

so, it very interesting to me that this one shows up...
and...
I would dearly love to have this pretty little cow
she seems gentle and is very quiet
she is also going to have a calf soon for the first time

my husband is inquiring if the owner would like to sell her to us
in the meantime, we are letting her stick around as the owner...
hasn't seemed interested in picking her up, yet

we will see what the Lord will do



my husband is in the center bottom of the photo below
that's how tall and big many trees are around here

he's been busy planting more banana trees
we like lots because...
we eat, sell and use the fruit as treats for the farm animals
so, the more bananas, the better


my husband is checking out the jersey cow that came across to our land


carefully, at first, as he doesn't know the cow at this point
she checked him out, too...
and they both gave each other a thumbs up



a local carpenter made our table and chairs from white cedar


because the wood grain was so lovely...
we didn't have the heart to cover it with paint
so, the carpenter varnished it clear
and I will make the cushions for the chairs



my one sweet little chick is growing nicely...
and I'm happy to report...
she is definitely a she
the chick looks just like her mama



and I had to snap a photo of the moon the other night...
just because it looked so pretty behind the tree branches...
in the early light of dawn


May your day or night find blessings of grace from the Lord.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Settling In, Still


Still settling in and working on getting things in place around the homestead


my husband has been working on putting up the herb garden courtyard...
while I have been washing laundry by hand...
as we are waiting on our washing machine coming in soon
the one we had did not have the right voltage range for solar power...
so we had to look into one with a range of 220 - 240 volts


we've been getting in more food plants


and I like to use the spring creek water for watering plants


lots of pineapple plants have been planted along the chicken coop


my ginger and turmeric plants are waiting to be replanted into 5 gallon buckets


my husband brought me a pretty wild ginger flower with roots...
and I will plant that into a large pot for something pretty...
to watch as it grows and blooms more flowers


we have one new wee chick...


and Big Red, the rooster, helps care for her...


and I think this little chickie may be a future egg layer


last, for now...
my little garden girl is sitting under the mango tree...
waiting for her place in the herb garden


May your day or night be blessed in the grace of the Lord.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Rose among Thorns





So much has happened in the last month of May...
it's hard to know where to begin

maybe I could begin with our yearling calf


what a gentle, sweet bull he was
(unlike our first calf bull who was very ornery)

he never gave trouble and often let people pet him
I called him "little bull"


a few days after we moved to the new homestead...
a rabid mongoose came into the property and bit him in the face
I was there when it happened, so we knew why he got sick

he didn't get a vaccine in time...
and he developed this horrible virus that took his life this past week
I hope this never happens again

rabies isn't very common here...
but, our other animals are vaccinated
and our next calf will be vaccinated much sooner

it sure broke my heart to see this gentle young bull go so hard...
that I still choke up on it



this little chick...


grew into my best hen, ever


she not only turned out quite pretty...


but, turned into the best mama hen I ever knew


she not only took care of her own chicks so carefully...


caring for them until they were actually half grown...!


see what I mean, below?


she would take on the care of cast off chicks...


whose mamas were quite finished with their mothering business


and they would follow her and her own chicks around...
like they were always hers'...
and she never ran them off

did you ever hear of a hen that did that before?!!

alas!! the Lord saw fit to take her also...
and He knows best
she died just a week ago in my arms from an undiagnosed illness
I will miss her wonderful mothering ways, for sure



here are a few updates of the house


I know there were questions of security and well...


as you can see...


that is taken care of


the man who we commissioned for the grid did quite nicely with the job
so, although crime is not the problem here as it is in so many other countries...
our home is secure in the hands of the Lord as He sees fit
after all, even the city watchman is of no use...
if the Lord does not keep watch over the city


from inside the atrium...
you can see the backyard
a bit bare but, we have planted a hundred fruit trees


beyond the laundry line is the chicken coop...
not quite finished but, the chickens spend their daylight hours...
outside the coop anyway


I will be planting lots of pineapples...
along the outside perimeter of the chicken coop...
and by this time next year...
we should be seeing tiny pineapple fruits coming along


below, is my husband's workshed
it sits between two large mango trees...
and they are blooming and bearing fruit


one of the old mango trees also "bearing" my garden sign
the sign will go into my herb garden that we have started
I'll show that another time


we have a mango tree on the front right side of the house that is already...
giving us mangoes to eat


when I look up at the mangoes hanging there...
the mountain views are quite nice, too

it's dry season right now...
but, we sit close to Grand Etang National Rainforest...
and it's always green here


just some of the fruit trees we planted
coconut, mangoes...


bananas, plantains...


citrus of various kinds


Barbados cherry trees


sometimes, when I rest in the hot afternoon...
I like to look out at the gru-gru palm trees from the sofa...
against the blue skies


and I enjoy watching my chickens from the kitchen window


and lastly...
a few photos of how I have thus far set up a couple of rooms

the bedroom


the kitchen


it has been a rough ride with this new move...
but, the Lord sustains
and with all the thorns in this new move...
Jesus Christ is the Rose amongst the thorns...
and that is the best sustainer of all in the midst of thorny times

and with that...
I must say, until later


May your day or night find the Rose among life's thorns.