Thursday, May 29, 2008

News from Wolfdancer Creek Farm

Well, we have some newsworthy stuff happening in Paradise. I applied for, and got --pending a couple of addition soil tests-- Organic Certification from Certified Organically Grown
*Happy Dance!* Because I have a very old apple orchard, there are a few extra soil tests I need to perform. My livestock is also certified!

I am just delighted about this, I've tried very hard to make sure I was kind to this land. It has been so abused and neglected, that I felt it needed some extra TLC. My dear friend Michael-from-Mountains turned me on to these fine people at CNG, and I feel as if this is yet another big step to achieving my dreams!

I must take some new pictures, & have to get mowing! The recently groomed apple trees are in leaf, and the cleared and cleaned portion of the orchard --now up to nearly 3 acres-- looks just lovely! I don't know how many apples I will get this year, it being QUITE the year for "interesting" weather patterns, nevertheless, healthy trees are nourishment for the eyes as well as for the land.

This July, I am checking off a "Bucket List" item: I am taking a train down to San Diego to attend one of my Bestest Friend's wedding. Yes, Ralph & Christie have finally decided to stop fooling around. I am beyond delighted with their decision, and wish them years and ooodles of love & luck! I've scheduled enough time to go and visit my friend Michael's organic farm, Fenton Family Farm where he's going to give me a tour and I'm a'bringin' my notebook to take idea notes! I have lots of people to see, and my Family to visit, so it will wind up being a whirlwind tour. I'm very excited! I will be taking tons of pictures, and I promise to post them. I have to save up some money for a new digital camera, my old beastie finally gave up the ghost.

Well, off to toil in the soil! I remain, the Woman Who Runs, Skips, Dances & Hops with Wolves


Lathery stuff!

OH BOY! a new crafty!! I am being taught how to make soap! And not just ANY soap, but rich, luxurious, fragrant sticks-to-your skin-and-makes-you-soft-and-nummy-all-day soap! WOW! This stuff makes the skin incredibly soft, carries a scent, has lather enough to shave with, and is jam-packed with FUN & exciting & intellectually stimulating stuff! All natural ingredients, with real essential oils, not those fragrance knock-offs... Real goat's milk, herbs, WOW! just wow!

I am learning to create my own, as well. I'm working on a Healer's Soap, a Barber's Lathering Soap, and a Pet Shampoo soap. Have now made three batches, Wolfdancer's Delight, Vanilla Sin, & Off! Ye Tricksy Bug!

I have a bunch of equipment to buy, none of it very expensive, but some fairly spendy essential oils. I am really excited about this! VERY fun! Thanks, Greig, you're an *angel* among men! Pictures will be forthcoming.