This is Michelle writing tonight on behalf of us both and I am VERY excited to fill you in on the latest from the farm. Our little plot has just been cleared this afternoon! The good weather held out long enough to let Ronnie get the job done. It looks incredible and I was lucky to be there today and get some images of the site being finished. Normally, we’d be at TAFE on a Tuesday, but Tania broke her ankle last week and so we decided to get out there and help out as much as we can this week. Rachel has been heading out most days (good on you sweetheart) and she has even taken Tania some books and videos to help her relax and enjoy her time off! She really deserves it; just a shame she had to injure herself in the process. Well, we are excited to share our future home site:
I don’t think either of us can quite digest that this will be our view every morning in just a few short weeks. Thanks Ronnie – you have done a fantastic job and thanks Rod for choosing such a wonderful site for us! There will be a little more tidying up for Ronnie to do tomorrow and then in the afternoon, our shipping container will be arriving and Ronnie will use his machine to place it in just the right position. Once this is in place, he can dig a final drain and level the site ready for the caravan, which my folks will bring out next week!!
Part way through today, Rod and Ronnie decided that the site wasn’t going to be large enough for the caravan and container – so they decided to clear a small section behind the flame tree (you can see this area to the left of the flame tree in the above photo). After clearing this area, they exposed a small rock pool and rainforest area just beside us. It’s really beautiful, and Rod joked with us that we could have his house, as he wanted to live in our caravan and sip drinks beside the rock pool!
Suddenly it is all coming together and in just enough time. Thursday this week will mark 3 weeks until I close my psychology practice and just 2 weeks after that we move from Byron Bay to the farm. There is still a great deal to do – especially now that Rachel is out at the farm most days, she won’t have much time to get things sorted here at home. And I am flat out finishing up with people and finalising paperwork – so who knows – we may have to call on the magic fairies to come and help us.
The fact that Tania is unable to leave her couch creates an opportunity for us to step up and take on some of her jobs. Essentially Tania is the backbone, the engine of the farm – she is the fastest, the most durable, the most versatile of us all. She manages many of the central aspects of the day to day operations at Summit. She prepares all the seedlings which go into the ground and she produces all the sprouts which are sold at Market. She is also the fastest one on the team at planting and harvesting. Without these essential tasks happening, the farm would grind to a halt – so its been absolutely necessary for everyone to pick up aspects of her role – and pick them up quickly. Mostly that means bringing us up to speed – since we’re the newbies. So today, Rachel and I got to grips with planting seedlings into trays and getting the sprouts started in trays. Rachel has also been getting to grips with the harvesting during the week – she even has her own tool belt now 🙂
But back to today’s story. We planted 6 different veges in seedling trays: Cucumber, Pak Choy, Kailaan, Coz Lettuce, Rocket and Spring Onions.
First we had to make some seed-raising mix:
Then we fill the seedling trays. We needed 10 filled:
Tania has found a quick method for creating a shallow recess in each cell where the seeds can then be planted:
Next we popped in the seeds and covered them with more seed raising mix:
Everything got a good water before we moved onto preparing the sprouts. Lots of learning, but I feel like we did a really good job (shall know for sure in a bout a week). It was a big morning, working solidly from 6.30 – 9.30, then a quick break before heading up the hill to harvest and weed the strawberries until lunch. I swear I could harvest strawberries every day!! Eating freshly picked strawberries, still warm from the sun is just amazing… hey, its part of the job…its called Quality Control.
Harry our pooch also had his first full day at the farm today. We were nervous about how he would handle it all. The wide open space. Being outdoors all day. His new dog pack. All the new human friends. The cows, the tractors. Happy to report, he handled himself just perfectly.
And Harry seemed to like his new companions and his new home site too!
Well, its good night from me. Got another 4am start tomorrow morning. And another big day with the delivery of our shipping container tomorrow after we finish farming. It will be very exciting to bring you photos of our established home site in the coming weeks…stay tuned