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#1 graywizardlinux

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 06:24 PM

well - i still have not had the time to explore and get my chops around linux and bodhi and also many of the apps i need to use.  just been exhausted trying to get all that it takes to get my small homestead and vineyard going.  redid my entire garden for about 6 months and still tweaking.  espaliered fruit trees are tedious.

 

already harvesting stuff and strawberries in maybe 3 weeks.  have to redo maybe 25 vines. so that is a bitch.  less harvest one more year at least.  last year's wines just knock me out and am struggling to hold on to some for aging....   WOW!!!!

 

major dent after 2-3 years in my 2500 plus tons of firewood.  woodstove is so sweet ...

 

sitting in my kitchen and a stove going with a single malt glenfiddich or a bottle of my wine or bought pinot noir just makes the day and life stellar.

 

planted hundreds of evergreens that surround my property that really makes this place a secret hideaway.

 

people drive  by and do not even know i am here and even my clients or esp my relatives drive right buy and say - where the hell is he????

 

chickens laying nicely too.

 

potatoes up = and garlic ready to pick under 1 1/2 month.  

 

275 garlic, 78 potatoes, 375 onions, and figs are popping too.

 

welcome zen farm/ skeldale farm and gray wizard vineyard/winery.

 

also maybe 12 different rare japanese maples most are dissectum.

 

Have good year!!!!





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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:50 PM

Could not do the hard work, but the way you live is very attractive.

Reminds me of my years in France, specially during my stay in the "Alpes the Hautes Provence". Rural life, beautiful scenery, friendly people ( at least to me ) and lovely food. Did I mention the wonderful weather? Memories.

 

Wishing you good harvests.

 

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 10:38 PM

Sounds like a nice place!


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:01 PM

Thanks my friends.  yes - it is a lot of work.  harder as an old crippled man but i could not imagine myself not doing this.  most people have to go on vacation to enjoy themselves and i just try to live the life.  It is around me and part of me daily.  

 

i know of a famous actress who has lived in provence for years and loves it dearly.

 

 

we have homemade fresh breads of all kinds i make 4-5 times a week, and eat what we can when we can.  put some up and give some away.

 

my little idea of bliss.  one with nature...



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:14 AM

Screenshot please:)
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Posted 13 April 2017 - 06:36 PM

Screenshot please:)

 

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 06:40 PM

the pics i took yesterday were shaky some were good and some were tough to see all the stuff due to the immature sizes of them at this stae - i planted much more today and have to do some work maybe tomorrow before storms - maybe then i can take a few shots though not as impressive as say 2 months from now. 24 tomatoes in 20 peppers plus in lettuces and cabbages and chinese cabbages, etc.  that was done this morning into the afternoon.  



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 06:51 PM

the pics i took yesterday were shaky some were good and some were tough to see all the stuff due to the immature sizes of them at this stae - i planted much more today and have to do some work maybe tomorrow before storms - maybe then i can take a few shots though not as impressive as say 2 months from now. 24 tomatoes in 20 peppers plus in lettuces and cabbages and chinese cabbages, etc.  that was done this morning into the afternoon.  

 

Really sounds nice...hopefully my "retirement" is along these lines...or living in the middle of the woods...back to my childhood.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 07:39 PM

i have been doing this my entire life and i have no retirement - I still try to run my business although i am more picky about the clients i deal with the last 2 years.  I have no 401k or any such thing - i will stumble through my work until i no longer am breathing.

worked since 6 am this am and more tomorrow and then depending on certain stuff and the storms due here the 4 days after i can take a few pics.



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 08:03 PM

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 08:31 PM

that is my little secret....



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 04:15 PM

tried to get some pics today but some where ok and some were tough to see due to chips and mulch/straw and also size of plants plus the lighting.  will try in a month or so.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 04:17 PM

Need a macro lens - get down and personal! ;)


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:39 PM

not that it is just the area covered and also the background for the plants to pop!



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:41 PM

Something great about a wide shot of a field of plants, but I also appreciate a very close up look at tiny life as it emerges from the soil!

 

Soon enough - keep us posted!


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 06:31 PM

well - posting for the hell of it...

 

redoing my vineyard rows...  long story.  originally had grass and hod the actual vine rows but 60 hrs of hard work to hoe was too hard and tedious esp with arthritic hands and wrists etc....  then let it grow but had grass in the path rows.  then i did chips shich at the time was absolutely back breaking having to handle the chips 4-5 x to get in the rows.  some of the chips were great and some sucked and tore up my expensive nets.  so i went with red clover.  ok but it still tangled in the nets and tore them up and these nets are high end pro vineyard nets from CA.  have about a grand plus into them.  so i went with grass and that too was a nightmare - so this year i tilled 2 times already and still a mess.  some rows i can get my mower in and some i have to do all by hand which is a bitch.  so i recently decided to redo with chips though with the 2 big mounds i have i still do not have enough and it is tough to get too.  well too do both vineyards by hand again - well - if i had to i had to.  turns out in the top vineyard i can get into most of 4 of the 5 rows with my tractor letting the rollover bar down.  just clears the top electric wire for the deer fence.  did 1 rows in about 1 1/2 hrs as far as dumping bucket loads of chips still have to pull rake them where i need them but the tractor saved me a week already...  may be able to get into 2 of the rows in the side vineyard but have to pull over the chips into the other 7-8 rows which is a nightmare.  tighter rows and the layout re: fruit trees etc are curtailing access.

 

anyway - at least i could expedite a bunch of the work with the tractor and bucket vs. wheelbarrow work.

 

wish i could get more done but more rain due this week.  but at least i mad the start this AM.  this mahindra has saved  my butt bigtime in so many ways and should have spent the $ on it 10 years earlier at least....  my body would have thanked me

 

:-))))      having a bottle of wine now and chilling a bit.

 

 

p.s. also hilled up all my potatoes by hand and took care of the chickens and dog of course.....



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:13 PM

I have a small garden but love to grow my own vegetables, fruit and herbs (latuce, spinach, strawberries, raspberries, carrots, green beans, beetroot, figs, prunes etc..) . I use a small green house to experiment with aquaponics, breeding white cloud minnows and use the plant beds as filter. And 5 chickens providing us fresh eggs every day.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:40 PM

...here I was feeling accomplished planting two junipers and a lilac this weekend... ^_^ ;) :D


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 06:10 PM

smart duck - what no ducks?   i could not pass that one up.  sounds like you have a nice thing going on there!  congrats!



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 03:30 AM

This clip I did on Facebook is a few months old by now, still, it summarises the agricultural paradoxes that my island country Singapore faces. I farm less to donate or sell, but because what I farm I can actually eat. The catch 22 about Maslow Theory is that 95% of Singaporeans are not directly involved in any form of consumption farming, and the local producers produce less than 20% of our daily needs. What I want to say, yet cannot complain, is that the economy of Singapore is based almost entirely in high employment figures, such that as an independent existence only 5% or so of such natives perform the sort of tasks that are truly a facet of basic humanitarian needs.

 

In other words, when everybody wants to own a factory or a company, but nobody wants to run it, the country ends up with farmers like me as well as cleaners and undertakers that is akin to building a pyramid upside down. The joke is that I operate all three lines of businesses in one way or another, i.e. what comes to me as bodhi is that all the 50% of graduates in Singapore make for good fertilisers in my farm whether from their manures till their inconvenient truths. Besides, if burial is not their cup of tea, surely they need a clean room environment where they may be rested upon the expiration of their life expectancies.

 

I am planting vegetables and herbs this month at a new plot. Most of the fruits that I plant in Singapore are not common in the northern hemisphere. Biodiversity is rarely a challenge here along the equator.


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