Monday, May 7, 2012

some grey, some yellow, some free seaweed and beach sand, some suntanning potatoes, some potatoe tires and the most awesome hillbilly suntanning windbreak!!!

 boy that sure was a mouthful! lots of pics coming up in this post. see the beautiful sky above...even on a grey, rainy day we still have beautiful sky...sigh!

the daffodils are finally opening up - they are so pretty! they are exactly the same colour as our yellow finches!

 here's a closeup of one of them with raindrops on the petals - the raindrops look like diamonds. after a nice rain, i like to go out and look at all of the diamonds!!!

 what kind of free junk has jambaloney brought home recently, you ask? how about a truck load of free seaweed and free beach sand - woohoo!

 

 below - my secret recipe for seaweed tea!

 the basic recipe - put a bunch of smelly seaweed in a bin and fill it with water. let it steep for a few days. water all of your beds and tires with it. your dirt will love you forever. your veggies and fruits will too!

 we mix the free beach sand in with our dirt so that the dirt stays nice and aerated. dirt likes beach sand!

 here are 15 lbs of potatoes suntanning. potatoes like to suntan before being planted.

 
and that's 24 tires, 2-high and filled 1 and 1/2....i'll be planting the potatoes in the next day or two - woohoo! based on previous years stats, these potatoe tires should produce 160lbs of potatoes!!!



next up - a little something that has happened to all of us in our lives. i'm talking about that time of year when the sky is clear and blue, the sun is shining down from it's bright midday point, it's 12C and a perfect day for naked suntanning and reading BUT it's too windy to enjoy! it's times like these that everyone needs a jambaloney. jambaloney said "babe - i'll build you a hillbilly windbreak". and hillbilly it was. have a look see:

 
 that's the side of the windbreak. here's the bottom:

 and here's my black suntanning blanket, it keeps you toasty warm! and my backrest and knee pillow - i like to sit up when i suntan and read. jambaloney lays on the little green cushion and promptly falls asleep after 2 minutes. i love my suntanning windbreak that he sets up for me every time it's a little too windy!

 

it's a good thing that we keep the driveway chained...can you imagine the look on someone's face when they dropped in unannounced and saw us sprawled naked in the hillbilly windbreak?!?!?!? bahahahahahha!

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  1. I think it would be better if you covered the redneck windbreak in foil. Think of the time you could save tanning!
    The plus side would be if it's really hot you can cook and tan in the same spot.
    Aluminum foil for the win!

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  2. Max, buddy - great idea but i don't like "fake" tanning - i am au naturel all the way - bahahahahha! but i could keep away them dang US gubbmit spies with my tinfoil hat/tent. and yes - i could slow cook a roast all at the same time - oh bahahahahahah - yer killing me with this!!!

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    1. Now I understand why we are paying tax increases in the US for all that super-spy monitoring stuff at Langley......they SAY they are monitoring terrorists, but they are really just watching Kymber in the Hillbilly Windbreak. I knew the govt. was too devoted to their work to be genuine !

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    2. bahahahah - oh Jane - i thought they were monitoring us because of the chip that they put in my neck during one of my training sessions down at Ft. George Meade!!! i have also been to Langley for training but didn't sleep there overnight....but i wonder?!?!?? i am so sorry for the tax increases, hon - bahahahahah! xoxoxo

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  3. I will send you some mice and a snake for some seaweed. :)

    I won't put the snake in the same box as the mice because you maynot have any mice left by the time it gets there.

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  4. PioneerP - hmmm...you got me thinking....i could dry out some seaweed - it weighs next to nothing when it's dried out - and i could send you some. you just add it to a bucket of water and let it steep a few days. i'm willing if you want some! let me know!

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  5. Oh Kymber - You weren't kidding about the hillbilly windbreak - BAHAHAHA !!!! That's too funny ! Whatever works - more power to you guys. Looks like you've been busy with all sorts of projects at the manor.

    Your daffodils are beautiful - especially with those sparkly rain drops on them. Very nice pics - Mine are just up too. Oh, did you get my emails in response to yours ? I'm also excited because I've found some cool stuff to send again for the next big one.

    Enjoy your day my friend ... love always ... Helga xoxox

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    1. oh hon...i sure wasn't kidding - bahahahah! but it works like a charm...and if i follow Max's advice - i can be cooking a roast AND suntanning - bahahahah - oh - bahahahah!

      ya the daffodils are finally up - woohoo - spring really is here! i am glad that yours are up too...they really awaken the spirit eh? speaking of awakening the spirit...and more on this in my email response coming to you - that Harmonic Farming book set my goosebumps on fire...do you know the people who wrote the book? any book that mentions Rudolf Steiner in the introduction is a book that i MUST READ!!!! i love Steiner in case you didn't know!

      i got some cool stuff to send, you, too - bahahahah!

      so much love to you my dearest and tenderest - always so much love! xoxoxo

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    2. Kymber - I don't know the people who wrote the book - just heard of them through a farmer at the Saturday market. Apparently they are well known in the farming community in and around Salmon Arm. It's a real beautiful fertile area wrapped around a large lake, and surrounded with gorgeous mountains - about an hour or so from us. I'm glad it may be a good read - " goosebumps on fire " - another one !!

      Remember what I said about you sending .... xoxoxo

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    3. Helga - i'll finish that email and fire it off to you today! i wondered if you actually knew the people....the farmer at the market gave you an excellent tip - the book is awesome!

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  6. Wonderful update. I would not call it a hillbilly wind break, not sure what I would call it. I guess I drew a blank. No smart ass reply either. I guess I'm losing my touch in my old age. Oh well I guess my mind wasn't the first thing to stop working. My turkey timer was the first. damn blood pressure pills.

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    1. hey Rob buddy - no smart ass reply? buddy you must be losing it - bahahahahah!

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  7. Kymber you crack me up : ) Looking forward to the "nekkid 'tater planting" post, ha ha!

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    1. bahahaha - thanks Craig! and there will definitely be a nekkid tater planting post coming up soon - bahahahah!

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  8. My Dear Friend Kymber,

    Beautiful pictures my dear! Looks like the weather has been going back and forth for you there. Raining, then sunny. I love your daffodils, the bright yellow is beautiful. Our daffodils were chopped off by my teenage son. He walked the lawn mower over them. Grrr.....I wanted to kill him, lol.
    Your wind block for the wind looks like a display window in a department store. Woooohoooo.....you've been modeling nude,lol.....

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    1. hey Sandy - we have been having a lovely spring - just enough rainy days and just enough sunny days - it has been gorgeous! i love the yellow daffodils too - i didn't plant them, the previous owner did - but i sure do appreciate them! ack - i can imagine that you wanted to kill him - bahahahah! teenage boys eh?

      poor jambaloney near fell off of his chair when i read him the part about the wind break looking like a display window - bahahahaha! good one Sandy, my friend, now he's all proud of himself! bahahahaha!

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    2. Tell Jambaloney he needs to add some curtains to those windows.....Bahahahahaha, or the two of you need to smile when the camera comes by :-)

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  9. Tanning taters! I had to re-read your post title because I thought I read it wrong ... why do you give your potatoes a sunbath? Love your tire set up, too - I want to do that for horseradish. And thank you for sharing the daffodil pics, we're way past daffodils now. The few that I had pop up the goose nipped off, the little brat.

    Safe tanning to you :-)

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    1. bahahahahah - that's funny eh? i thought i could get someone's attention with the suntanning potatoes! i put them out in the sun for a few days to get them to warm up and to produce more eyes...some sites recommend you do this, other sites recommend that you don't - i've been doing it this way for years and it has always worked for me. the potatoe tire set up is pretty awesome - the most tires we have ever done is 18 tires, stacked 4 high. this year we plan to do 24, stacked 4 high. we should get a pretty good harvest out of them. sorry that the little brat nipped off your daffodils!!! and thank you - we love laying out in the sun and reading - there is nothing like it!

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  10. Still no daffodils at my house. :( Yours are lovely though!

    Nice potato garden!

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    1. Wendy - yours should come up soon tho eh? and ya - i loves me potatoe garden!!!

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    2. Wendy, Are you sure my son didn't cut your daffodils like he did mine with the lawn mower?

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  11. I think if I had stumbled across a scene like that with the windows, seaweed and such, I would have said a waterspout pulled off the windows of a beach house and the naked occupants from inside it and deposited them further inland.

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    1. oh bahahahahahahah! there is nothing more to say, Ed, buddy, except - bahahahahahaha!

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  12. Girl - you're a hoot....love it.

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    1. ya - and you are a bag and a half of chips - bahahahahah! (that's a cape breton saying!)

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    1. thanks 1st Man - i have been enjoying reading what you guys have been doing at your place and i am loving it, too!

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  14. Interesting, I have a question, does the salt in the beach sand add too much salt to the soil or do you use very little. My soils is sandy anyway but I was just wondering. Also I want to try the tire method of growing potatoes, keep us posted on the progress.
    BTW where did you find out about seaweed tea as a fertilizer, I have not heard of it before.

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  15. Dear Duke buddy - excellent comments as usual! the seaweed tea makes for a great fertilizer. what i do is let it soak for 3-4 days and then when i add it to the gardens i use about one cup of tea to a gallon of water - you want to water it down as it is quite potent. seaweed is one of the few things on earth that contains all of the naturally-occuring vitamins and minerals found in our bodies - i can get you some links and stuff but now i am thinking it should be a blog post all on it's own. seaweed is also an excellent thing to add to your compost. as for the beach sand, it too contains a bunch of vitamins and minerals - pretty much anything out of the ocean is loaded. we only add a shovel full of sand to each tire and then mix it in very well. our soil is very packed and by adding the sand it keeps it well-aerated.

    i will definitely keep you posted on the potatoe tire gardens - it's one of my favourite things in the world to blog about - bahahahah! we have been doing potatoes in tires for over 5 yrs now and we will never do potatoes any other way!

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  16. After you reading your blog for a while now, I have come to the conclusion that I am clothed entirely to often.

    Great pictures.

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    1. agirlandhergun - you know it baby! get them clothes off as often as you can! bahahahahah!

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  17. Sun burned tater's, YUM! Your wind break reminds me of a kids fort. But, what ever works. I use to do the nude suntanning. In fact, I did a whole camping trip once, with out any clothes. But it was not by choice.

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    1. Flier buddy - i think jambaloney was going for the "kids fort" look - he threw that thing together in under 2 minutes and it works like a dream!

      oh and remind me to never ask you about the nude camping trip - bahahahahah!

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  18. Ha ha, only you two could have a set up like that! But if it works what does it matter what it looks like. I fall asleep as soon as I sunbathe too.

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    1. bhaahahahah - oh Joey - i think you just nailed it! yep, we're a little hillbilly and a little redneck but whatever works right? yep, buddy - i figured you to be one of them fallin-asleep-as-soon-as-you-start-suntannin' types - bahahahah!

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  19. I've been getting outside a little myself and working around the house to help give it a little shine, and after I'm done i always take a pause to try and admire what I've done, or tried to do. I hope you can make it over my way for the Big Valley (Peter Breck) post I've just published, and Peters wife Diane was kind enough to send me 2 personal recipes that her husband really enjoyed. Mr. Breck passed away this February and i had been planning to do a post on him and his TV show for some time now, so i hope you can stop by and say hello and to share your memories of Big Valley. Richard

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    1. Richard - i will head over right now. and glad to here that you have been getting outside and getting stuff done around the house!

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  20. Naked sunbathing sounds great! Now you have a nice little space.

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    1. it IS great Donna - and yep - i got my own little hillbilly set-up - bahahahaha!

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  21. Love the hillbilly windbreak! Add a handsome cabana boy to bring some tea and you'll be set.

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    1. Brigid - we think in similar ways - teehee! i get jambaloney, naked except for his rubber boots and bandana to get up and get me ice tea or a treat or whatever i can think of. teehee - i hope his mother isn't reading this - bahahahahah!

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  22. watch out for google maps/earth shots! We have had someone show up at our door ( passing our gate and chained driveway ) when were were naked cleaning...we thought we heard a knock then when we looked outside someone was driving away on an ATV..its not like we naked clean the houe all the time or anything..it only happens when we have no clothes on! Nice microclimate!

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    1. egb - the google maps folks haven't made it this far east - but thanks for the warning! so sorry that this happened to you. and i can completely relate - we only naked clean when we aren't wearing any clothes either - bahahahahah! buddy - we have a wicked microclimate! you and *A need to come for a visit some time!

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  23. Hahahahaha....nekid, aluminum foil....who's going to come over and flip you guys when you are done?
    Hugs,
    Tango

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    1. Tango - is that you volunteering? yer welcome anytime and ya - if you wouldn't mind, flip us every couple of hours - bahahahahah! xox

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  24. love your windbreak!!! Too cool:)

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    1. pretty awesome eh? bahahahah! xox

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