I’m back! After almost a month away from the farm I arrived home in time to enjoy a lovely weekend with my love, the dogs and Poepsie cat. I received a very warm welcome from everyone so it’s nice to know that one is missed! Having not blogged about the farm in ages I am completely unable to decide what to show you first, so I’ve decided to just do everything… not that there is terribly much to show. It is very dry and hot. There have only been splatterings of rain since January, not nearly enough to counter the extreme heat. It’s as if winter has arrived prematurely with the veld already turning brown and brittle. We are praying that we’ll get some showers soon to replenish the dams and rejuvenate the veld before the growing season ends.
I spent the weekend reacquainting myself with the garden and getting organised in the kitchen. The garden is holding up okay, but we’ve had water-supply issues so Tsidiso has had a terrible time keeping things well watered. The borehole that supplies Vastrap is situated about 2 kilometers away from the house and the electricity supply to the pump is broken. It’s a very big and expensive job to replace the cable so in the meantime we’ve been relying on a diesel engine to pump water to the house. The diesel has to be refilled often and the pump sometimes does not start, which is not ideal. The old windmill has been newly renovated so life will be a lot easier once it’s up and running.
On the fruit front, the quinces in our backyard are all gone so I’ll have to wait until next year to learn how to cook them. The pomegranates are just about ready though which is super exciting! The gooseberries are delicious and there are a few raspberries, but only enough to eat straight off the bushes. The farm horses, Sonny and Beauty are hanging out in the camp behind our house and they came to say hello when I went to inspect the trees. I treated them with carrots from the garden and some old apples. The chickens are breeding like crazy, but they are also digging up everything in the garden so I’m going to have to work on a strategy to cope with the population explosion and make better use of them. There are limits to the benefits of free range, especially since we don’t ever eat the chickens and their egg supply is very unreliable. I’m definitely doing something wrong, somebody please help!