Wingshadows Hacienda

  (Warner Springs, California)
Life in the Back Country

Life at the Hacienda

Two weeks ago we planted the second of the 3 Winter Gardens. In just a few days the vegtables were poking their little heads through the soil. Excitement abounded! Today we discovered that the wild birds have made a feast of the new seedlings. Disappointment & discouragement have entered our lives. But, not for long! I'm headed to the nursery this afternoon to see what is available for immediate planting. Fortunately our weather is still warm,  so hope presses on.

The Chickens have started their winter molt. I have enough feathers flying around to build a whole new flock. I'm sure that if anyone saw this mass of feathers they would think another Bobcat had struck!  We did have #5 a week ago. During the night he reached through the bars of one of the cages & now we are down one rooster. Keeping these free range babies safe is a full time job. They have the run of 5 acres daily but are cooped at night. Unfortunately the Bobcat appears smarter than we.

Our new Coturnix Quail are 7 weeks old. They have been laying eggs since they were 5 weeks. Almost seems impossible. We were getting about a dozen eggs daily until the nights started to chill down a week ago. Now they have gone on strike. I was able to set about 30 eggs in the incubator before they slacked off so we should have another batch in about 12 days.

We have Dwarf Nigerian Goats who keep us in constant milk. I make Chev're about 3 times a week. It is so creamy & delicious. We use it in or on everything...salads, tacos, enchiladas, pizza, appetizers, lasagna, baked name it, we've tried it!

My daughter & I are participating in a Holiday Craft Bazaar this weekend. Aleta is presenting her designer jewelry & I'm taking my Goat Milk Lotions & Creams. I originally started making the cream for Aleta as she has painful eczema. Since the lotion is made with  goat milk it is soothing & non-greasy. It has proved to be a wonderful product for her. Hopefully others who try it will feel the same way. If not, then I have plenty of pre-made gifts for friends & family at Christmas!

Catch ya next week with an update on our Bazaar success..or not!

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