August 14, 2012 in my little farm house
Some think I have completely lost my marbles. For my retirement, I am choosing to leave what many consider is paradise, White Rock, BC, a beautiful temperate little city by the ocean, and move to frosty Alberta. Well, it might be so, but we all create dreams of our own and this is mine. My little organic farm, The Fat Ewe, was birthed in the summer of 2011.The farm has a primary or main residence with two finished floors and the cabin has two lovely bedrooms and all the amenities of home .Oh boy!
My dream of raising and training Canadian horses is postponed due to inadequate facilities on the farm. Willa had her little boy in May of 2012. His name will be Zeb.
Much of the time I am outside. For most of the summer of 2011 and some of 2012, I have been building hoop tractors for all the birds. I still need to do 2 more for the sheep and goats. These are portable, tarp covered moveable shelters that keep the animals on fresh ground. Last winter, 2011, the ducks stayed in theirs, wrapped in an insulated tarp and surrounded by straw bales, but it was not warm enough for chickens, though one hen, Penny, did manage to make it through the winter in with the ducks. This year, proper coops are being constructed so the birds will be warm enough.
The bed and breakfast is finally underway and the guests that have come absolutely love the place! The comments have been wonderful. Recently, a handwash station and third sink were installed in the kitchen, and The Fat Ewe is now licensed to serve full meals to guests, as well as baked goods for afternoon teas. We can accommodate 8-12 comfortably for corporate meetings, small weddings, parties, anniversaries or just because with full meal service. Catering is also possible. This is a new venture and it will be fun. I love to create foods and from past experiences, people enjoy these creations and want to come back for more and more and more.
So, between the more than 100 animals, new goat kids, moving portable fences, feeding, watering and the bed and breakfast, basically I fall into bed nightly and sleep soundly. My wonderful dogs are on guard at night and so far, there have been zero predator losses, except to the ravens. Robbie is now trained to sky watch and he is doing an excellent job training the other dogs to pay attention and chase ravens.
This is my dream. Yes it is a ton of work and there are no days off, but it makse me happy to commune with nature and the animals. Walking the trails on my own land is uplifting for the soul and I love meeting new people who choose to stay at the bed and breakfast. Life is wonderful. So will it be at The Fat Ewe.