My New Doughbaby

I’ve started attempting to make bread! I never imagined myself bothering to make bread but then I found a beautiful, vintage cast iron Griswold skillet at a little antique shop in Tomales, which led me to join a cast iron group on facebook where they share all kinds of recipes and info specific to cast iron cooking….

Blogging My Way Back

It’s been a long time since I last posted about our new life here in Bloomfield. It’s not that nothing interesting or post-worthy has happened, if anything it’s the opposite. Life here on our new little farmstead is anything but dull! But in the midst of all the excitement of uprooting our entire lives and attempting…

Tomatomania: Potting Up and Lessons Learned

My indoor tomato-sprouting project has been fun but it’s taken up quite a lot of time and energy! It’s so rewarding seeing those tiny seeds sprout up and take form, but when you start too early and they do so well it means lots of potting-up. They can’t live in those little seed-starter 6-packs forever. This means…

El Niño Esta Aquí

It’s a crazy day here in Bloomfield! The long-promised El Niño storm system has finally arrived and it is no joke. Water is pouring from the sky and neighboring meadows have become seasonal ponds… …the highway is closed and traffic is being diverted through our tiny town with its tiny streets and tight corners… Huge trucks and trailers…

The Hugel Bed is Sprouting?

When we moved into our new home the meadow was a mess. There were piles of new and rotting branches everywhere, even old Christmas trees chopped up and laying around. In a “lemons to lemonade” burst of inspiration I decided to turn these branches into hugel beds. I bundled some up, dragged them to the garden and piled…

Seedling Overload

It’s been a busy couple weeks sowing, transplanting and hardening off seedlings. I’d nearly forgotten how much I enjoy this process! Maybe I enjoy it a little too much. It doesn’t seem likely that I’ll have space for 72 tomato plants unless I devote my entire garden to tomatoes. But if I do that, where…

Bird, Bee & Butterfly Buffet

A follow-up to my post Putting the BLOOM Back In Bloomfield,  … Today I scattered the first seeds into the new pollinator habitat, a.k.a. the Butterfly Buffet. It was very exciting! Well, that’s a stretch, but it was fun. I hadn’t planned to start so soon but days are getting warmer and our risk of frost…

Starting Seeds, Salve For My Soul

I’ve been feeling a bit untethered since we uprooted ourselves from San Diego and transplanted ourselves here in west Sonoma county. I couldn’t be happier about the move, but the transition into a new life is exhausting. There’s so much to think about, figure out, find, solve, address. Where do I buy chicken feed? Why is…

Putting the BLOOM Back in Bloomfield

When we found this property one of my first thoughts was “Butterfly garden!” Not that it had one, but that it desperately needs one. I immediately envisioned a wild, natural habitat for butterflies, bees and birds flowing along the entire southern fence line. The expansive green meadow is begging for color, the sloping terrain ideal for…

“12 Weeks in Bloomfield” Sing-Along

I’ve been contemplating our time here in Bloomfield and was thinking “wow, we’ve been here for twelve weeks!” and maybe it’s because it’s Christmas or perhaps I’m still delirious from the move but I was inspired to write a little ditty. Please feel free to sing along as loudly as possible to the tune of “12 Days of Christmas.” A big…

Miney-Roo, how could you?

I am not a morning person. For me, farm life begins around 10 a.m. Once I’ve had my toast and tea I take my coffee out to the coop and let the girls come out to play. I had no intention of ever keeping a cocky, noisy, doesn’t-know-it’s-only-4 a.m. rooster. And yet there is a rooster in…

A start to the garden, a long way to go…

Here we are, two-months into our move to Bloomfield, and I have to say I’m pleased with our progress. I never imagined that after spending 22 years creating a whole life in another town we could so easily make this shift, but our stuff is unpacked and we’ve started to decorate so I guess we’re here to stay….