what a gorgeous day and we got a ton of stuff done even though jambaloney has been working on his contract ALL.DAY.LONG.AGAIN. and he is back in to work - AGAIN - tomorrow. arghghghgh!
here is one of our 2 famous ravens.
they jump on the roof of our house every morning in order to alert us to the fact that they need to be fed. they seem to have a thing for eating old cat food. who knew?
kids - do any of you like kombucha? it is a fermented, fizzy tea drink. we have been enjoying it for years - it's very healthy and if you would like more info go here. people say it is an acquired taste but we loved it the first time we drank some - soooo deelish!
anyway - we have bought organic kombucha over the past several years. and benefited from it. but it is expensive. and as you all know - we DO NOT accept any kind of advertising on our blog so if we recommend something - we mean it. this is our very favourite "bought" kombucha and we can't recommend it enough!
finally, i decided that if i could make several different kinds of kimchi, sauerkraut, sauerruben, etc. - then there was no way that i couldn't make our own kombucha! a few weeks ago, i ordered a kombucha scoby from Karma Cultures and could not be happier with the product we received! again, we receive nothing for our reviews and we accept no ads...but if a product exceeds all of our expectations - then we share it with you all. especially if it promotes good health.
about 10 days ago i received my scoby and additional implements and instructions. MY Scoby is named Flower325b which means she comes from a long line of scobies. i followed the instructions to a tee and check out my results:
if anyone would like me to send a scoby once i have a secondary Mother going - i will send it. the only problem is shipping costs. i will have to vaccuum seal the mother in a bag with at least 2 cups of kombucha, include directions, etc.....but it will have to be expressed ship as the Mother scoby can only survive so long in a bag. but if any of you are serious and are willing to work out shipping details - let me know. i don't want to sound cheap but shipping anything from this remote island costs nothing short of a fortune!
again - it has been a majestic day! in the middle of the pic below is a ....."craven". we have crows and ravens here all day long and when we can't tell whether it is a raven or a crow - we call it a "craven" - bahahahahah!
kids - when your day is going to filled with scobies and cravens and transplanting a bunch of tomatoes - you need a good breakfast! we are still up to our eyeballs in our own potatoes from last year - woohoo! so we had our own fried potatoes, poached eggs, from-scratch hollandaise sauce poured over the eggs, potatoes and steamed broccoli, some tomatoe slices and a fresh sprig of our own parsley.
dinner (lunch to some) was a very basic salad with a kick.
lettuce, tomatoe, cucumber, our own green onions and our own parsley. the kick? a salad dressing of cold-pressed hemp oil, a ton of apple cider vinegar with the Mother (think scoby), a ton of fresh pressed garlic, fresh pressed ginger, a good squeeze of lemon and the usual suspects: turmeric, cumin and cayenne. you can't go wrong with that dressing as it goes with everything.
here's supper after a long day.
a salad of lettuce, chicken, mango, seedless grapes and the same dressing as i mentioned above. and a lobster roll...made proper with the bun toasted lightly with butter and a bucket load of fresh-caught lobster (jambaloney gets it cooked right before he leaves at end of day...and the lobster is caught that day!), mayo, lettuce and salt and pepper.
we transplanted 22 tomatoes into their forever-home pots in the greenhouse - buried them right up to their little heads in order to encourage lots of root growth.
comfrey tea was poured into each pot of dirt before the tomatoes were added. here's a ton of garlic coming up - woohoo!
and the most beautiful vision of all - potatoe tires!
jambaloney topped these tires up in the fall with all kinds of good stuff, raked it all in, they get more comfrey tea tomorrow and we'll be planting potatoes in the next few days. and this is the first year that we are still EATING our potatoes from last year. 40 tires stacked 3 high (as we hill them) produced 200lbs of potatoes last year plus all of our seed potatoes for this year.
kids - we looooooove potatoes!
i know i have only hit up a few of your blogs in the past day...but i had correspondence that needed attending to, bills and crap - plus all of the great fun in the garden and greenhouse. as you know, i like to keep this blog as a journal for what we are doing when...it makes it easy to look back over the years and see when we planted this or moved that to the greenhouse. which is why making this post is important to me. your blogs are important to me too. just give me a breath or two and i'll hit you all up and catch up to you all.
sending love. xoxo