Yesterday we posted the article Technology Cannot Save Civilization. Today we follow up with a fresh and clarifying look at that one alternative to bringing our earth back in balance that is all around us and still goes unnoticed too much: Nature! Let’s compare how humans use energy with how nature cycles it. Big insights hidden in plain view: Energy In Nature.
The past few days have been exciting in multiple ways. After reading anything and everything we could find about the whole process of farrowing and piglets, we now experienced it with the birth of the first litters of our two gilts. It was quite a mixed experience and no doubt it will continue to be mixed over the next days and weeks as well. Since not much we do with our pigs follows the ways that are considered conventional it remains an experiment.
All external signs of the gilts developed as described, the behavioral signs were different though. Both were calculated to farrow last Wednesday. The plan was to lock them in in the corral at the moment they would get busy building a nest. We provided hay for their nests last weekend, then we waited and observed.
On Tuesday around 11 AM we could not find one of the gilts. It turned out she was outside, on a slope, already giving birth. Continue reading Piglets
Right now we think there are about 30 species of birds on the farm. When we arrived here in 2014 there were less, maybe 10 or 12 different types, so we hope that means we’re doing something right. Below a parakeet eating the seeds of a yarumo tree.
Parakeets always show up in groups, sometimes more than 50 at once. They’re pretty noisy and very funny to watch. Continue reading Beautiful Birds
The six little puppies of Roosje are doing great. A week ago their eyes opened and they are getting a bit more active now. Roosje is obviously proud and she does a great job nurturing them. They’re growing fast.
Until now over one million of insect species have been identified, with an estimated 5 to 9 million still to catalog. This makes the species of insects by far the largest group of animals on our planet. (Source). It’s no miracle then that we sometimes encounter some of the more exotic types on our land (or in our house). For example this mantis:
Because of their posture, with both of their front legs up, they’re also known as ‘praying mantis’. Margoth expected it to bite me, but they’re rather calm creatures. Continue reading Amazing Collection
Yesterday Roosje, one of our two border collies, gave birth to 6 beautiful little puppies, 4 males, 2 females. We just took them outside for a little while to make a picture.
She wouldn’t tell us who the father was Continue reading New life: Puppies
Within Permaculture circles there is some discussion if having a zone 5 is useful or possible. We think it is and we feel quite strongly that our land needs to provide space to other life as it does to us. So we designated the entire mountain slope at the west and northwest side of the farm as zone 5. That’s 5 hectares (12 acres) which is about half of the land of the farm. It’s better like this, because it’s mostly steep slopes, so it should be forested anyway.
Wildlife obviously doesn’t always limit itself to the zones we identify. That leads to a nice encounter every now and then. Like this turtle below:
Yesterday morning we found a young tapir next to our garden. She couldn’t move her front legs nor her head. With her back legs she tried to push herself out of sight, but she was so weak already that she hardly moved. She did have her eyes open and it was clear that she was in fear.
Although it did not look like she had any chance, we decided to carefully put her in a wheelbarrow and bring her to the house. Continue reading Little Tragedy
As a bit of a counter balance to the post with scary spiders today we take a look at some beautiful butterflies. There are countless varieties flapping their wings flying over our land, but they’re mostly difficult to photograph. Too fast, and they don’t sit in place long enough, and if they do, it’s quite often with their wings folded together. But we got 5 nice pictures for you and no doubt some more at a later time.
Arachnophobia is fear of spiders or spider related creatures, arachnids, like scorpions and crabs. We sometimes have encounters with the bigger species like tarantulas.
Tarantulas can grow to up to 20 cm in size. This one was hiding in a pile of wood, normally they hide underground in holes. Continue reading Arachnophobia