middle-aged madness

Many when filled with middle-aged angst find a sports car and a young thing to replace the mini-van and the old thing who knows too many of our faults. Some people keep the old thing and take up traveling,gourmet cooking and buy all white furniture. We by chickens,learn to garden and take up bee keeping. We also consider backfilling and bringing more children into our home,but that is an entirely different  post.
When I write about our forays into becoming  more sustainable,I feel it somehow sounds more impressive than it actually is.  It does not feel (or look) like the books and blogs seem to portray what we are trying to do. We are doing what we do best-stumbling  through.
To prove my point I have some pictures of our projects. You can also see why we are seriously  thinking of planting some climbing roses on the side fence to give our neighbors  something more pleasant  to look at.
We are hoping that a year from now (God willing) we will be significantly farther along. For now we are simply thankfull we have Costco.

So for the sake of reality here are some pictures of our ongoing little foray into our version of middle-aged madness:

First is our topbar beehive. Followed by our basic aquaponics growbed and fish tank. For the moment we have goldfish,but will be getting some talapia fingerlings next week. The seedlings were planted five days before this picture was taken. The media they are growing in is called hydoton.The cherry tomatoes came with theysystem and are still  a bit shocky.
The mound of dirt is where we bury the bodies,I mean the basis for our huegokulture bed. We are going to have to purchase some topsoil to finish it off.and lastly, our girls looking for bugs in the backyard.
( I am posting on my tablet which means using an app for wihich I have not yet mastered cutting and pasting pictures very well. I apologize  for the inconvenience)

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About lenell

Wife to a very patient man and mom to 8 interesting kids via birth,marriage and adoption. Grandma to nearly 5,nearly perfect grandchildren.
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