Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

7.18.15 Pictures from around the cottage

Just in from gathering my lunch. A huge salad of wild lettuce, magenta lambs quarters, dock, and clover from the property, and tomatoes and onion from the garden. I added homemade croutons, a sliced boiled egg and homemade honey mustard dressing. I made the dressing with spicy, stone ground mustard, local honey and all natural sunflower oil. that was good but it wasn't creamy enough so I added a tablespoon of homemade mayo and it's wonderful!

I've been working on rebuilding the rabbitry. The biggest colony was destroyed a while back and we never rebuilt, as planned. But through some wild moon wheeling and dealing this week, I got two huge doe hutches and 4 large buck hutches. With what I already had, rabbitville is looking great and the buns are very happy! I stopped all breeding as the hutches and space got smaller but now they can start again before winter.

They still have the smaller colony but I think I'm going to turn that into a huge do hitch as well. I've spent the last year assessing what the most economical breeds would be, space, food, meat, litters etc etc.. and I believe a larger meat rabbit would truly be best. If only because in procuring meat I would have to do less killing for the same amount of meat. I love the Mini Rex though so we'll see. I have adequate room now for larger rabbits. We'll see. I'll take pictures of the new rabbitville soon.

Anya is doing wonderfully. I've left the wrap off the last two days and the wound has come together more and is starting to scab over. No sing of infection or any other trauma to the area. Still haven't found where or what she did it on and there should have been a lot of blood. Definitively not an animal.

And here are the photos  :)

 This is Mr. Fox or Fox No-Ears. He's the Cottage butler, he escorts us from and to the door and to check the mail. He is also the alarm system and partner to Captain Nemo, cottage security.

Here you can seen his poor torn off ear. The top circle is torn off completely and the bottom is a shred of skin. He's fine just as he is, I don;t know if I'll take him to have the skin trimmed up. We have come to love him very much.

This is Old Hen, 14 years old!!!  with two if her chicks. The other two are nearby. None are actually hers but she hatched them out and raised them like her own. She an excellent mother.

 Lavender or Lilac and her ducklings

 Mullein, or more accurately, Minion Mullein. Paneer is raising him but he follows me everywhere!  We also call him Puppy Mullein.
Mullein is 25% LaMancha, 25%Saanen, 16% each Nubian, Kiko and Boer. He has LaMancha elf ears, light Boer colored head, dairy buck rear and meat buck shoulders. He's one of the sweetest and smartest goats we've ever had.

 Sweet, old Raspberry. We call him Black Buddha because when he's sitting up he's a head and a big fat belly. He's getting old though and in this summer's heat and humidity he sleeps a lot. 

Bounty. I have tomatoes and onions from our garden but these are all from a friend. The week was so prosperous! I traded for all this and more last Monday.

Hoe Very Blessed we are  :)

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