A Long Blog Gap and a World Wide Pandemic

A world-wide Pandemic, who would have imagined this!  Building supplies increased nearly tenfold.  Factories closed.  Appliances, door and windows, and generally all building supplies, have taken, in some cases, eighteen months to arrive. 

Fortunately, I had committed to my team, and they to me, to a year of work, so plumbing, electric, foundation work and some brick work was finished! 

We had a local wood mill use the trees from the property to create shelving and custom cut the same type of joists, and siding they made in 1864.  One of my neighbors owns an antique building supply company who has graciously supplied old glass for the windows.  Plaster work continues, and I live in a constant state of dust and debris.  Although it’s been close to two years since closing, the lack of closets, and no need for dressy clothing, has kept us living partially in boxes.  My red Birkenstock clogs, and green rubber boots have become the new normal.  I have central air – YAY!  And the pool us running, of all the plumbing we expected not to work, the darn thing fired up and ran.  Well…  after pumping out the swampy rot, patching, painting and a few months of grading and repair.

I cut my own hair.  No one noticed.

I may have forgotten how to put on makeup, and use a curling iron, but I have wicked trowel skills.  I even have a flexible trowel to plaster columns.

Last year the pandemic kept me from ordering my saffron corms, and this spring, my distributor was infected with Covid.  Thankfully he recovered and I have 55,000 bulbs showing up at the end of August, with my first harvest expected in late October or early November.  EXCITED. SCARED.  The planning part is fun and easy, now it’s actually happening.  The unfortunate part is that I’m turning 60 this year and I should have done this a little closer to 40.  Bursitis.  Heel spurs.  UGH

We have removed over 35 trees, and I hope to finally plant the vegetable garden next spring.  Our permaculture process of smothering the part of the hay field and layering chips and compost should be perfect for 22!  Can you believe it.  One happy thing – I ordered 10 oak trees pre-inoculated with white Italian truffle spore, which are planted and thriving in the south east field.  Can we wait 4-5 years to harvest?  I guess we have to.

The first two bee hives are up and busy…  like bees.  Another fabulous neighbor to the rescue!  LOL.  None of the lavender or echinacea I planted last year survived, but the monarda by the pond is doing well.  Still have to figure out when or if I get any honey this year, but looking forward to the honey next year after our first saffron bloom.

More soon!