It happened! We have a new format at www.bluerockstation.com that will hopefully take us one step further into cyber-Wonderland.
Lately we’ve been hearing from people at our tours and workshops that they like our podcasts, and some of those kind folks have also heard us live on WGRN (Fridays at 11:30 am) or WOUB radio (Wednesdays at 9:00 am). It’s fun to hear folks quote some of the crazy things we say (actually, that Jay says) around here.
On another note, I confess that I have begun my annual rant against the weather. It’s 20+ degrees colder then normal this month, and the wind is relentless. Maybe I’m just tired from working hard to get ready for the cold weather and birthing goats, but it already feels oppressive and I find myself dreaming of the beach… and feeling slightly resentful when I see photos of old friends in Florida in shorts, shamelessly sweating in January.
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The hen in the chicken tractor, Isabella, and her biddies are on strike. At dusk, I patiently hauled the hen and six biddies (almost the size of their mother now) down to the chicken chalet while they screamed their fool heads off. The next day, Isabella had trekked all the way back to the purple chicken tractor and she and her clan moved back in. This went on for a couple of days and each night she stood patiently, waiting for me to open the door of the tractor.
I am tempted to shut her in the permanent chicken run with Petunia, the peafowl, forcing her to get used to not going back to where I don’t want her to be (chickens thrive on double negatives). The life of a farmer is one constant puzzle where half of the pieces are covered in manure. I will let you know how this one turns out. Ultimately I will win. When?…is the question.
Food, the Heart of Sustainability:
Soup weather is here, and about time. Thank goodness cooking is super easy at this time of year. Soak four cups of dried garbanzo beans (or open three cans from the store). I use home grown canned tomato sauce, but a large jar from the store works fine as well. I boil enough rice noodles for two meals for three people, and while the water is heating I fill a separate sauce pan with the cooked beans, sauce, a small amount of vegan chorizo and another small home-canned jar of spicy salsa.
On top of this mix I add some oregano and salt to taste. Boiling rice noodles takes no talent. Simply boil water, dump in the noodles once there is a rolling boil, turn off the heat and stir. At this point I take scissors and cut up the noodles so they are easy to handle and eat. Drain the noodles and add the bean sauce for a thick garbanzo pasta dish that will get the blood pumping and warm everybody up on a cold night. Bon Appetite!
Words that Guided:
Just for today I will not listen to the news. As Jay says when I ask what’s happening in the world, “Bin Laden’s still dead, Trump’s still the president, and somebody shot somebody.” I can do without that in my brain for 24 hours.
Kindest Regards, Annie
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