Freezing Fog!

I had to haul Morris (our UTV mule) to the shop yesterday morning.  Poor old Yoda (my Toyota pick-up), has only four cylinders and it’s pretty hilly getting to Lincolnton from where we live.  He complained the whole way about hauling Morris.  I kept wishing I had brought a camera with me!

The freezing fog was beautiful! I could not have stopped on the way there because I likely would have got Yoda stuck and I have a hard time locking his hubs to put him in four wheel drive.  We need to get a pair of pliers to keep in the truck so I can lock the hubs.  Eventually I am going to need four wheel drive to get up our driveway and I’ll need to be able to lock the hubs.

I dropped Morris off and on the way home called the local woman who has the wool sheep and asked if it was still foggy at her farm and if it was, could I come by and photograph her sheep?  Yes and yes! I stopped and got my cameras and headed over there.  She lives quite close and I think I may do my documentary photography project on her.

I took almost 100 pictures and here are a few:

Sheep in fog Sheep in fog2

She breeds Montadale and Romeldale sheep and they are beautiful! I wish I could convince Wally to get wool sheep, but wool sheep are much more demanding in their care.  I am going back over there on Sunday for more images and while we are there, we are going to get some ground lamb.  Yummy! Have not had ground lamb in a long time!

Sheep in snowIt did not snow yesterday.  I made this image in photoshop for kicks.  It received more likes on Facebook than any other.  I wonder how many people thought it was really snowing?

Poor old Gel has been off for a few days.  I think Moon might have injured him while we were trying to bring her in to milk.  No more cow wrangling for Gel.  While we do not want Jack hurt either, Jack is WAY younger and much more agile than Gel.  Just bringing Jack to the gate seems to be enough to keep Moon behaving.  Gel gets a little better every day.  Hopefully he will soon be his old self.

I got a telephone call from a student at Elon University who is taking a class on sustainable agriculture. She is doing a paper on raising ducks for eggs and asked to come out to interview me and see the ducks.  Of course I agreed.  I know how hard it is to get people to cooperate on school projects.

Today is business of photography and I did the homework for the class last week so this morning in addition to doing chores, I plan to begin work on a paper that is due for documentary photography.  If there is freezing fog this morning, I will be out taking pictures for sure!

Because Morris is still in the shop I had to carry their five gallon bucket of milk to the pigs.  You have gravity with you going down the hill, but you also have to deal with cows that think you have food for them.  Coming back up the hill is a work out!  Our property consists of some really steep hills, luckily they are all in the pasture!

Ordered more seeds yesterday from a new seed company, Uprising Organics.  I had a note in my calendar to order a spring cover from them and had a link, but the link did not work because they redesigned their web site (note to self, I have a lot of web site redesigning to do!).  I contacted them via Facebook and found out the mixture I was looking for: their Insectary and Soil Builder Mix which contains Chickling Vetch (“Azureus”), Mustards, Phacelia (“Bee’s Friend”), Calendula, Chrysanthemum, Sunflowers, Clover, Anise hyssop, Flax, Hummingbird sage and Cress.

The plan is to do at least one bed in each row in this type of mixture reserving the other beds for vegetables. I am almost positive that Chickling Vetch is the same vetch that was in the back-40 where we used to live on Herter Road.  I loved it then and it grew well back there so this mix should do okay here in North Carolina.  I will plant it early under row cover and see how it goes.  The various bee and pollinator mixes that I tried last year never really took off which could have been because I did not water it enough when it was starting out.  Too much on my plate last year.

Remember last year I wanted to plant a photographer’s garden? It did not go so well, but I do have a few excuses like carrying 16 credits of demanding classes, caring for 100 ducks and over 200 rabbits plus the cows and beginning in July, packing to move.  I have no such excuses this semester.  I like my schedule!

In addition to the Mix, I ordered a three beet mix (Touchstone, Feuer Kugel, and Chioggia), Cilantro “Pokey Joe” and Sculpt.  Sculpit is very interesting to me.  From the Uprising Organics website:

(Silene inflata) We were seriously charmed by this culinary oddity when we first tried it in 2011. Guaranteed NOT to be the next big thing anytime soon, Sculpit (AKA “stridolo”) is for the adventurous lover of the esoteric. An aromatic leaf-herb all but unknown outside its native Italy where it is revered, it is used to season egg dishes, risottos, and salads with a flavor likened to a combination of tarragon, arugula, and radicchio. Very ornamental it has small unusually stunning balloon like flowers fringed with white petals that pollinators go wild for. We loved watching the bees climb fully out of sight into the balloon part of the flower. Highly recommended, we loved this plant.”

It is a beautiful plant and I have no idea how it will do here, but I’m going to give it a try.

The sun is supposed to come out today! Have not seen the sun since last Saturday!

Until later …