Take a walk with me down to, “our spot”. Listen to the birds and the bugs. Take a deep breath and inhale the honeysuckle and earth. There is a clearing, beckoning you to settle in there. I swear it spoke to us! We listened. Perriee and I started clearing the ground for our spot last summer, soon after the farm party. Prior to that, we camped out in our tent to familiarize ourselves with it, and it with us.
As you can see from the video, the area isn’t that far from the house, but we definitely don’t have a simple way (to my knowledge) of providing water for ducks down there. Yes, we want to move #lotsaflocka down there. We want them close because we love their company (huge reason!), we need some insect control, and I suspect having them close to help repel predators who may have a taste for duck. Going forward, it could also be a great place to keep a flock of drakes, should we need a, “bachelor pad”.
Our first step is to figure out a way to recycle water. I checked out the book, Auquaponics Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together, by Sylvia Bernstein.
After only paging through it we are going to start with a 250 gallon pump which should allow us to eventually work up to some kiddie pool filtering and work with recycling the water in the window box water shown below (aka, The Indoor Pool). We are going to use the CHOP2 system which will allow a flow being sourced from water which is lower than what it is watering. This could work. I cannot wait to dig into this book.
This past weekend Perriee and I had the pleasure of hosting a party for friends and family. We were celebrating family moving closer and friends passing through. There was no shortage of happiness and love. Spend as much time as possible with those who complete you. Experience pure joy in that practice.