Posts Tagged With: animals

Had a bad day – watch this….

We love animals so this clip was an immediate hit.  If this doesn’t make you comment!  Enjoy!

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Desert anyone?

No my title it isn’t a spelling mistake!  We’re taught that animal husbandry is one of the principal causes of desertification.  I was reading one of my farm books a week or so ago and there was a bit about using animals to maintain and improve pasture, orchards and gardens.  Nothing complicated and something we’re going to do, probably commencing 2014.  In doing this research, I stumbled across this great TED talk which speaks to the greater issue of desertification on a global scale.  Take a few minutes to watch the clip; it’s very interesting and extremely applicable if you have a small holding.  Enjoy!

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Out of Africa

Well, we’re back.

What a trip – three weeks in Africa, primarily in Tanzania with arrival and departure through Nairobi.  The safari was a highlight of my life and I really can’t put it into words, although I’m sure at some point I’ll try.  Big thanks to Jon and Gretch for hosting us in Nairobi for a couple days; Calabash Adventures (namely Tillya), for the trip organization (fantastic and great prices!); Dickson Manjano, our guide and new friend – what a fount of knowledge and just a wonderful person and, finally, my travel companions, Mum, Dad and Josée.  I think in the three weeks we pretty much didn’t have a cross word between us although I’m sure I got on their nerves at some point!

Anyway, what I’ve decided to do, rather than post 500 pictures and three hours of video, is prepare a short video trailer.  I’m going to make a series of a few movies which you can then view if you wish; I’ll also put together a slide show of the top pictures, in a similar style.  I hope to have this done in the next week or so and will post details here with links to my youtube account.

It was a great trip, I highly recommend the safari to anyone – a truly magical and amazing experience.  If you have questions or want to talk about the trip details, please let us know and we can arrange to have you over.  Enjoy my first video (if youTube puts an ad at the bottom, you can ‘x’ it out)!

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Racin’ Mason

Well, we did meet Mike Gillis, GM of the Canucks, on the Cancer Ride and he informed us that he would be re-signing Mason Raymond but actually this post is about our newest addition to the hobby-farm-in-the-works…our Mason Bees.  We have their house, er..hive, set up behind the side building, just adjacent to our orchard.  Mason bees are good little workers and as they don’t have honey to defend, they are very docile.  Mason bees received their moniker due to the fact that they use mud to make compartments within closed spaces.  They are not really social bees as they mostly live separately within a large group – if that makes sense.  I guess it is sort of like many people in big cities – isolated within a mass of humanity!  Masons don’t produce honey or wax but hopefully they’ll make our orchard rock!!

We added a few fruit trees this winter and they are doing well.  We now have about 12-14 fruit trees in our orchard, composed of a couple Italian plums, a new peach plum, some pears, multiple apples and cherry.  The flower set looks good so I think the mild weather and above average rainfall should help to produce a bumper crop!

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The Full Monty

Maybe three weeks ago, Josée asked me about adding another animal to our growing menagerie.  We talked about another dog, perhaps additional farm cats – even more chickens (see John 15:13).  Our long-term plan includes sheep and possibly beef cattle but more than likely that is a 2011 project.  Anyway, I figured that one more pet wouldn’t really make a huge difference; we have lots of space, we enjoy our pets and they have a good life with us.

A week or two passed and the subject wasn’t raised.  Early this week, I found a link in my inbox: “Pot-bellied pig looking for a good home”.  Strange, I thought, why would she send a link on this topic.  We planned to raise pigs for meat but to my knowledge I didn’t think pot-bellies were meat pigs.  I was right.

Monty, a 5 month old pot-bellied pig, lived in Victoria and as his owners were being asked to leave the home they were renting and could not find another pig-friendly abode, they had to put him up for adoption.  And the lucky winners are/were?  You guessed it; we now have a pig wandering around our house.

Surprisingly, I’ve quite taken to Monty.  He is very clean, house-trained, inquisitive and friendly.  He’s quite a smart pig too – IQ rates above most dogs!  Charlotte and Oliver, my brother’s kids, absolutely love him and I think he will become a nice friend for them over the years.  He lives up to his namesake, Bernard Montgomery, hero of El Alamein and massively decorated British veteran: bold, unafraid of Great Danes and Mastiffs (both of whom outweight him by 100 pounds) and not afraid to exert his personality.

Stay tuned for more Monty updates….

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