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Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
10:17 am
Fall is officially here, as of a couple of days ago, and hoo boy has it hit. Can we maybe stop having elections in the middle of a harvest season? It'd make my life a lot easier if they were closer to the middle of winter.

We noticed that of all the things we run out of fastest, fruit's the one people really sigh about. So Elizabeth's gone out exploring and plotted a lot of the wild fruit orchards and berry patches. I mean a lot of them. It's taken her all summer. She wants to organize groups to go out to the big ones; everyone pitches in, everyone gets a share.

Also, we've started digging potatoes.

We will never run out of potatoes.
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
9:39 pm
Hey everyone, sorry for not posting this sooner but we had some anti-fraud issues.

If you could please post or owl me your signatures if you're forming a party, and just leave a little note below with the name of your party, that'd be great. It doesn't have to be a public thing. Just let us know.

All properly formed political parties get a beer. You're gonna want it.
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
12:31 am
Because I haven't in a while, this is Tiger, napping on Kipper, with Paul in the background.

Saturday, April 29th, 2006
1:32 am
Hey, Laura?

I think Tiger misses his playmates.  He keeps pouncing Dog and Dog is having none of it.

Mind if I bring him over whenever I come?
Monday, April 17th, 2006
11:29 am
Lambs, lambs, everywhere.
Oh god I need a drink.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
1:28 pm
So I have a huge theoretical question.

If I were to plot out and plan and get the materials for a huge, enclosed tropical zone -- say, ten acres -- so that we could have things like coffee, cocoa, tea, bananas, oranges, and olives, would people be willing to help build and trade work for the products?  Like, if you come up with 10 hours of work a month, you can get 1% of what the place produces?

I'm thinking my estimate of 1% would be a pound or two of coffee, five or so bushels of produce through the season, and maybe half a pound of chocolate, and I'd probably throw in a pint or two of honey since it'd be connected.

I wouldn't be able to pay folks much for helping build the place, but maybe there are folks out there who want to learn how I'm doing it?  Artificial weather, variable heating charms, irrigation redirects and old-fashioned glazing and carpentry.
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
11:44 am
Hey, everyone!

Welcome to the world, Iain Michael Hughes.  Mum and Da are doing fine -- Mick's still looking a bit dazed, but Anna made him go have a liedown with her and the little one, so I think he'll be fine by tomorrow.

Huh, I'm a godfather.

Oh, Jannie wants me to add he's 55 centimeters long and about three and a half kilos.

Also, he has hair like duck fuzz.  Brown.

And holy crap does that kid have lungs.

Heh, babies are kind of awesome, aren't they?
Monday, March 20th, 2006
2:28 pm

Tiger is a man after my own heart.  Taken just after the other cats had left.  I think he was delighted to have the dish to himself.  Didn't realise Momma and Daddy were still around.  He and Kipper had the most hilarious fight over this.

Here he is now, the man, the myth, the legend.  He's less of a Momma's boy now, but he still keeps an eye on her when she's in the room.

For those of you that helped Natalia get out to the farm, a huge thank you.  She works so hard, she puts the rest of us to shame.  Learns insanely fast, too.  We like her all 'round -- the only complaint I've heard from Jannie is that she wishes she'd eat a second helping at dinner, but Jannie wishes I'd eat a second helping at dinner, and I'm no beanpole.

As for the rest, yes, the rumors are true -- I've been researching olives, I plan to try and get them in soon and hope they're ready for next season.  We can press them no problem, and fresh olive oil would be fantastic for all sorts of reasons.  I'd really like to get a couple more wizards out here who are into herbology -- I want to try to expand the greenhouse and basically make it an indoor tropic so I can grow not only the cocoa, coffee, tea and olives... but maybe some citrus fruit too.  It'll have to be huge and require all kinds of magic to keep up, but I think we can manage.  Any takers?  Hannah?
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
4:51 pm
I don't usually say this, but I am a genius.

First person to name that bean gets dibs on the first products.
Monday, February 13th, 2006
12:22 pm
Laura, thank you for coming up this weekend. We may fail at rockers but we win at everything else. Anna loves the cradle and Mick and I are going to stain it up this week in the barn.

Anthony: Jannie wants to pester you with a whole long string of questions about Anna's upcoming labor, by the by. She thinks you and Mandy should come up for the weekend again if you've got the time. (Don't let her be pushy, by the by; once you let her start dictating around, she'll never stop!)

Life out here is about ready to heat up. We're plotting out the fields and seedings, so if anyone has any particular requests for food we should grow, speak now! We're going to try to start taking care of the orchards around here, too, so there should be more apples, pears, and berries later on this year.

Also on the level of exciting: Elizabeth has decided to try to get a bee hive together near the clover field on the far north of the farm. If she manages it we'll have more than enough honey to trade, rather than just what we find (and what we pull out of the hollow tree).
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
4:31 pm
Just a reminder: poker tonight.  Jannie and Elizabeth have upped the usual food ante, and there's mugs of soup and crusty sandwiches to go with the usual snacks and the beer.

I know some folks can't or don't apparate, so I'll be bringing a portkey by to bring everyone out about eight o'clockish - Anthony, would you mind if we used the front of the clinic as a meeting spot?  And I'll portkey or alongside apparate folks back ask they need or want to go.

You can bring food, or not, there's plenty of crash space in the hayloft or the house, and Anna will be holding court in the kitchen if you want to go say hello.

Current Mood: pleased
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
2:46 pm
To the Gents:
Gents, I've been ordered to open up the invitation to all my old friends.

Every Thursday night is poker night here at the farm.  We've got a big old table up in the hayloft, a messy pile of unmatched chips, and Jannie usually makes some sort of baked good for the ultimate stakes. 

This week, however, we've got huge stakes.

Mick has been apparently hiding secret talents and has managed a batch of honey mead.  You read that right: the man has ten wine bottles of honey mead.  His wife, Anna, is expecting in three months, and we're starting to get things together for them.

So here are the stakes: your entry fee is baby stuff.  I don't really know what 'baby stuff' is, but if you bring it and Anna approves, you're in.  We'll be opening four bottles of the mead at the game, and the last six (plus Jannie's usual baked delicious) to the victor.

Just let me know if you're coming.

ETA: It's been noted to me some ladies would want to come too. If you really want to hang about a bunch of boys, you can. I just figured you lot had better sensibilities and all.

Current Mood: optimistic
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
3:47 pm
Don't get me wrong. I love cats.

Before she had her kittens, Derma used to sleep up on my bed with me, usually stealing one of my pillows and waking me up in the middle of the night with a tail to the face.

I didn't mind.

Now, however, she has decided it is high time to reclaim her place, and her family is coming with her. So last night I was treated to a bed full of seven cats, six of whom seem to think sleeping before two AM is a sin and one who knows I always get up at six-thirty.

And I really don't have the heart to put them back in the kitchen.

Current Mood: exhausted
Saturday, December 31st, 2005
3:12 pm
What happens when you're in a bad mood on the farm.

Attack of the killer kittens! Snapped just before mama cat came over and plonked down on her shoulders to keep an eye on the brood. Tiger on the upper right there is attempting to make a beeline for her.

Jannie swears this is a miracle headache cure.
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
7:06 pm
The usual farm stuff
Looks like our January crop of lettuce is going to be absolutely bumper -- I admit I used a few little tricks Professor Sprout showed me, but by and large that's 100% English soil grown crop, and I'm a little proud of it.

It sounds a little peculiar, but Jannie suggested we have a salad party. Not enough people get all sorts of fresh veggies, and we'd supply the lettuce if people brought toppings and things. We could boil up some eggs, too, I think. Anyone want to come out? Say the middle of the month or so.

Oh, and Padma? Thanks for the dance and the drink at Seamus's party. Best time I've had since Yule Ball in fourth year.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
5:39 pm
Sad news - I think we're going to lose one of the kittens. It was always a little weak on its feet and hadn't been feeding from its mum quite right. It didn't even get up to eat yesterday. Jannie soaked the corner of a towel in some sugar water and fed it bits, but that doesn't do half so good as mama's milk does. Anthony, you wouldn't have some liquid vitamins or a suggestion to keep it on its feet, would you?

We're a lot of things. Vets are not one of them.

I'm thinking about coming into town once a week for the winter again. I'll always pull things out of stores to trade, if I can. Don't be shy about asking.

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Current Mood: sad
Friday, December 16th, 2005
12:54 am
Life out here...
Well, that explains why Derma's been fussing for extra food lately. Anyone want a kitten? We've just been gifted with a litter.

So many projects, so little time. I'll just lay it all out and if someone wants to lend a hand they're welcome.

Sus and I are going to go hunting for a flour mill. I've got a stock of grain stored up, but I've mostly been growing it for seed and animal feed. If we find one, who wants to try their hand at baking? I can get you sugar and butter and cream, but the rest is up to you.

The last of the winter pears is (are?) about to drop; Anthony's coming out to help pull those down, and then Jannie's going to bake some with spices -- we actually have a few real spices, that's new.

We're also harvesting some spinach -- kind of a failed experiment, back to the hothouse with that -- and escaroles. And of course there's plenty of kale and leeks and potatoes coming up out of the ground soon. I'm thinking we'll just make vats of soup and bring it in to the city to trade. Maybe make some chowder, throw some fish in?

Speaking of water, we'll be cutting ice again this spring. Does anyone know where we could get some reasonably clean sawdust? We had ice into June last year. Aiming for July this year.

Hannah, I have an idea about that low potassium bay. I'm bringing it with me when I come into town next week. When's good for you?

I think that's all.
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
2:59 am
If I could get this run out to the farm? That'd be brilliant.
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