Thursday, November 7, 2013

Farm in Hibernation

Tortuga Thursday
In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.

Hummingbirds have left for the winter
The hot water heater has quit again. This has happened twice before and the repair guy has been able to fix it. Frank has worked on it a couple of times too. The problem is the age of the unit, and we know one of these days it will die for good. When the home warranty plan expired, we purchased another year. Glad we did. The cost is $57 a month. We more than made up for it the first year. The stove, refrigerator and the hot water heater all needed repairs. This is our first problem this year but it could be a whopper.

The greenhouse has a winter crop of cauliflower, broccoli, dill, onions and various herbs. Right now the dill is outshining everything else. We need tons of dill for next years pickling.

The bees have gone elsewhere too
With farm activities in hibernation status and my writing schedule ramped up , I'm going to take Tortuga Thursdays to every other week.

One thing about winter is the lack of spindly legged creatures. And flies. I really hate flies.
I miss tomatoes but not the worms

Praying mantis still hang out in the greenhouse

This past week I spent too many days in Phoenix to come up with a recipe to post. No time to take pictures. So I'll leave you with a picture from earlier in the year of Christie's spaghetti and a salad with our garden greens.

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