Meantime, Back At the Ranch…
With all that has transpired over the past two weeks regarding the “rapprochement” between SSPX and Rome there has been little time to focus on daily events which hold body and soul together. While I don’t make light of the most delicate situation which the Traditional Catholic Movement finds itself in, (and …it is very, very grave to quote one religious), the gathering of our daily bread still needs to be tended to. So does our gardens, livestock, larder, etc. With that said, this issue will involve the latest happenings here at Hunny-Bunny Farm.
With the early onset of the warm weather in March followed by the
nearly 4 weeks of dry weather in April, it seems that the usual cadence of April-May have reversed themselves. The early part of this month has been rainy and cool. Yet because of the early warmth many of the wildflowers have advanced prematurely. ♫…Doo, doo, doo, …Looking out my backdoor…♫ the growth of the woods, the transitional shrubs, and continuing into my lawn everything is lush, green and luxurious. Temperatures are becoming seasonable once again and with the promise of no frosts between now and my usual last frost date of May 31, I took a chance and transplanted my greenhouse vegetables into the main garden. The growth of the fledgling plants had begun to show some legginess and indicated that they longed to be happily settled into their permanent garden spot. Meantime, my herbs, culinary and medicinal, sit on my shaded patio still conditioning from the protection of the greenhouse to the hard, cruel world of the herb garden, (formerly the Rabbit Garden). Their transplanting is scheduled for this upcoming week, as soon as I remove the last of the rabbit covering and weed the beds.
Speaking of rabbits, the last breeding of the rabbits was somewhat successful. Oddly, the experienced doe removed her young from the protection of the nest box and subsequently trampled the kits. I found one alive in the early morning hours and replaced it back in the nest box, but when I returned a couple of hours later she again removed it and it too was inadvertently trampled to death. The carcasses were “recycled” by being put into the hen yard where the ole’ gals got some additional protein. While to some, especially those removed from the source of their food, this may sound harsh it is a fact of the cyclic nature of life on the farm. Nothing goes to waste! Meantime, the less experienced doe had a live litter of three kits which are doing fine and are growing robust on mother’s milk. Ah! …the wonders of God’s nature! This breeding was key, because it now combines all the separate breed lines of my Florida White rabbits into a unique line I modestly called the “Mac” line. I’ve been working my rabbitry toward this for over three years and with this breeding it is achieved. I carefully selected the original rabbits for temperament, meat quality, and ease of breeding and I believe I finally achieved it. Time will tell. That said, I can now get on to some serious meat production for the larder.
At the apiary things are also on the move. I’ve purchased a queen
rearing system to make my first attempt to breed queens. While I’ve had the system for nearly two weeks, between weather and preliminary preparations I’ve only now been able to move ahead on this homestead project. This in turn was hampered by two failed attempts to locate my queens in my existing hives. Finally, this week, I captured a queen, (actually my first choice of queens as she and her hive are very gentle). Aside: Truth be told, however, I captured my Queen bee 37 years ago this month; and we are still living happily ever after. So she is now safely ensconced in her new queen rearing court where she is hopefully laying eggs to be turned into new queens to provide increase in my apiary. Once again, time will tell; being close to land does tends to teach one the virtue of patience.
Meantime, the orchards need pruning …desperately, as this was not done over the winter because I was awaiting cold weather. So some judicious pruning is on the agenda for this week as well.
Meantime, please keep up the Rosary for the Conversion of Russia to the Immaculate Heart; also add to your prayers Mrs. F. and Mrs. K. who have had a serious of health issues. Keep in mind the delicate situation of the SSPX and the future of the Traditional Catholic Movement. Stay informed on what is happening as best you can and keep each other informed. There is too much at stake to do otherwise. This is especially true of fathers of families, they are the providers and protectors of the souls in their charge and to perform these duties you must stay abreast of the situation and be ready to act IF the time comes. Take St. Joseph as your model and pray for his guidance. Don’t shirk your role and leave it to your wives and mothers to champion orthodoxy it was not God’s intention that they should assume this … it is your responsibility.
Richard of Danbury, D.S. G.