With all the excitement and work surrounding grape harvest, I forgot to tell you about the new additions to our homestead - Honey Bees! We have been wanting to get into beekeeping for quite awhile. Partly for the enjoyment of beekeeping; partly for sustainability and self-sufficiency; and partly for money saving. But assuredly, for really good honey! I have been buying raw honey in 5 gallon … [Read more...] about Backyard Bees
Remember Hilde? She is our family milk cow that we bought back in March. She was giving about 3 gallons per day and was suppose to calve in July. Hilde is half Jersey and half Brown Swiss - a combination that gives rich creamy milk that is good not only for drinking, but also cheesemaking. In anticipation of her calving, I had the vet check her to make sure she was bred (pregnant) before we … [Read more...] about How to Tell if Your Cow is About to Calve
One day, the plan is to open our own winery! Someday. But, not today! For now we are content to make wine with our own grapes at home - hobby wine makers, that's us! Making wine was the planned activity for Monday - to glean the Roussanne grapes which were left after harvest and begin the wine making process. The first and last plants of each row are always left without being harvested … [Read more...] about Wine Making at Home
After losing Sprinkles, our much loved shih-poo, it took a while to find another dog to be our inside house pet. Considering the circumstances of her death, we decided against another shih-poo. But the dilema then became what to get. Living in what will be the basement of our home with 1500 sq ft for the 9 of us, a large dog inside could become a source of irritation - especially for those in … [Read more...] about Bernie – Our New Shih-poo
I would like to introduce you to our new family milk cow. She is 1/2 Brown Swiss and 1/2 Jersey. The problem is the spelling of her name! How would you spell it? Hilde, Hildie or Hildy? My preferred spelling is "Hilde"! So, while our family disagrees (playfully of course) about the spelling, everyone agrees that Hilde is possibly the best family milk cow we have ever had! … [Read more...] about Hilde, Hildie or Hildy….
When I last posted in March, Change is Good, I had no intention of continuing Cultured Palate. What you might ask, has changed? Well, I am still very much enjoying being more concentrated on and more accessible for my family. But, I have been touched by the emails, comments and questions about what is going on with us now. So, I thought I would revisit those of you who have taken the time to get … [Read more...] about Oswald Vineyard May/June 2014