Clearly, not only am I up to my ankles in goat poop, flying chickens and dancing poodles but in my ultimate wisdom, I’ve decided this little out-of-town break would be a good opportunity for me to effect a do-over on my website and blog. Bear with me as I learn my new Thesis theme and stumble my way around ftp, c-panel, downloads, uploads, hex and lots of other minutia I’m working really, really hard at grasping.
A huge shout out to my personal blog coach who is patiently holding my hand through this process. It’s a brave new world!
It’s also a teeny, tiny round world. I think I mentioned that I thought it only appropriate that I read Novella Carpenter’s Farm City while here at Art Isle Farm. Carpenter is one brilliant, brave, hardworking gal with a lot of moxie! As my husband would say, she’s the “hardest working gal in urban farming.” (A la… James Brown; i.e. the hardest working man in show biz. He loves JB)
I was interested to read where Novella formerly worked for a certain publisher in Seattle who holds the rights to The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery. Yes, the very same Carla Emery, the very same ECL – heck, the very same publisher responsible for my two books.
Turns out ECL is basically the handbook which Carpenter uses to navigate her urban farm adventure. Well, at least the garden and barnyard aspects – fending off muggings and befriending a motley crew of neighbors and colleagues is strictly the fruit of her moxie. Let me tell you, I feel like a suburban ninny relative to what she’s tackled. There will be no turkey slaying, duck plucking or rabbit-cide on my watch. Sheesh, it makes me gag to feed HRH Phoebe her canned liver dog food!
I remain humbled on both fronts: modern technology and self-sufficient grit. Inspired but humbled. Check back every day as I (hopefully) master this new layout. Plus it’s time to rake out the barn; I’m sure you’re not gonna wanna miss that treat!
(Note: apparently the mechanism by which I can load my prize photographs is not quite functioning yet…so just imagine, if you will, my grinning mug – and Phoebe, of course. And a lovely shot of a Witch Hazel in full bloom I came across in Langley today.)