So many things to do … so little time

Keeping up with all the things on our little patch of land can easily be a full time job, but all I seem to have time for is the weekends.  My husband works on the farm every day when he gets home from work, which is mostly feeding the animals and watering where needed.  I get home later than he does, and after a long day I don’t have the energy to do more work.

Weekends are left for normal house chores – laundry, vacuuming and mopping, and general cleaning. So in between that, I’m usually harvesting and cooking.  Because we had plans on Saturday, all this work was left to Sunday.  It’s been a super productive day.  I made two loaves of banana bread.   Cut four of the nine pumpkins (most are for freezing, but I’m making a batch of pumpkin soup), harvested cloves (they’re just starting to get ready for picking, so there wasn’t many, but I’m so excited about that!), and made some fresh lemonade with sugarcane we grow.   We really need a sugarcane press, I tried cutting and boiling pieces of cane to make a simple sugar, the conversion ratio isn’t great, I needed a lot of sugarcane.  Luckily I like tart lemonade!  There are so many pumpkins, I can’t cut anymore, so I’m going to give some away to co-workers.


Cloves on the dry rack.  The tree is loaded, so this is just the start.  My hands smelled like cloves after I picked these.



The coffee trees are flowering.  When they’re all flowering it looks like it’s snowed.  This is the first year we’ve got coffee since we chopped all the trees down in an effort to control the coffee borer beetle.  We’re looking forward to drinking our own coffee again

The MOST exciting thing on the farm is new babies!  Our call ducks are laying and brooding. Today we got our first ducklings.  They’re just perfect!!  One of our chickens, however, kicked one of the momma ducks off her nest of eggs, so it appears she will be raising these ducklings.  We have heard of this happening before, the only thing that we have to watch for is when the ducklings start swimming in the pond.  Apparently this really freaks momma chickens out because obviously chicks aren’t swimmers, and I guess they don’t realize these aren’t chicks.  We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.


The momma is sitting on the rest of the babies, we think there are three maybe four more.  It was hard to get the shot, so it’s a little blurry.

I also froze some bananas for our Yonana machine.  I’m not trying to market this thing, but I swear it’s one of the best inventions ever (next to the cordless vacuum cleaner!!).  You take a frozen banana and put it through the Yonana and it tastes like ice cream.  I swear it tastes just like banana ice cream.  You can add other frozen fruits to it if you want, but banana makes it creamy.  I’ve made it for a number of occasions, and people cannot believe all it has is bananas, they’re sure I’ve added cream or yogurt, or something to give it the ice creamy texture.  But it’s just the Yonana machine.  The banana has to be frozen or it’s just mushy banana.  It’s super healthy since there’s nothing added.  It’s going to be a hot dry summer this year, and I know now, we’ll be getting a lot of use out of this thing.  I got my at Amazon, but I’ve seen them at Target and Costco.  They have their own website too.  I swear, Yonana owes me a commission on the number of machines I’ve helped sell!

I love being home and getting these done.  I even had a nice dip in pool, it was HOT today.  Now I’m going to try to convince the hubby to end the day with a nice drink around the fire pit.



Author: Belle Chai

Farm girl wannabe, enjoying life on the Big Island. We have a small five acre farm along the Hamakua coast. While we have a few crops we grow to sell, we are trying to create a self sustaining lifestyle on our little piece of paradise. I set up this blog initially to help me keep track of different things we grow and how well they're doing, but recently decided to go public with it. I enjoy reading other hobby farm sites, and thought sharing our story a little might inspire others as they have inspired me.

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