Turkeysong, the Year in Pictures 2012
It was an interesting year around here. New projects and continuing old projects. Lots of chickens. So many in fact that I had to split the chicken pictures of for another post… Turkeysong: the Year in Chickens coming soon.
Sunrise on Dec 22 Solstice 2011 The real start of the new year
Solstice goat roast 2011. a stripped pile of bones in the morning said it was good.
“the pet” a temporary lime kiln made of clay and straw on a brick base. We fired this about 6 or 8 times before it fell apart.
Working on the slate roof of the cottage on a sunny winter’s day. It’s almost done now. Look forward to a post about this awesome roof.
Heart shape grafted apple trees. These two actually died, but one heart shaped apple tree is growing along the driveway, and planning to graft more this year.
Apple seedlings. Part of our first year’s apple breeding experiments!
Candy cap mushrooms. They smell and taste of maple syrup after drying. Been looking for them for years, and finally found some right out the front door.
Mixed Daffodils. We had thousands in 2012 of many kinds, and sold the first bunch at market this spring!
Pollinating apple blossoms for our amateur breeding program. The petals are removed along with the pollen bearing structures, so we are sure that they are pollinated with the parent of our choosing. Stay tuned for about 4 or 5 years for some results!
Peeling tanoak bark for tanning skins.
Student oiling and smoothing tanoak goat leather in our class at Buckeye gathering in Sonoma County California.
English Morello pie cherries and wild Black Caps, yum.
daffodil seeds, full of promise.
baby daffodil bulbs headed for the open ground.
potato onion seeds, within which new varieties may lurk. I better get those started ASAP.
Gravenstein… (que angels singing)
First apples for sale ever. They were well recieved. Looking forward to providing more choice apples for our neighbors.
At the farmer’s market
Onion braid for market
squash trials… details at 11:00
shitake mushrooms on 5 year old log. Hoping to inoculate more logs soon.
drying italian or french prunes, depending on who you ask. They grow on a lot of the old homesteads around here and are super good whatever they are.
Red fleshed apple by Albert Etter.
10 different Apples awaiting taste testing.
Hopi Pink, tortilla bound
A scenic section of old fence about to be taken down. This fence style of closely spaced grape stakes is a local style evolved around access to abundant redwood. We plan to rebuild a section of this style fence with the pickets that are still good enough to reuse. They are probably 80 to 125 years old and maybe 50% are re-usable.