Busy Times (or “Why We Haven’t Upgraded This Blog Lately”
(this post was written by Michelle and you’ll find out why Cam didn’t write it below….)
If you’ve been wondering where Cam disappeared to you would be partly correct if you guessed “the garden”! We’ve had a busy few weeks (months?) around Sunflower Farm (home of Aztext Press) and writing a blog entry has been pushed to the bottom of a very long “TO DO” list! So I thought I’d fill in for Cam and let you know what’s been keeping him and the rest of us so busy this summer….
First of all – our new book “Thriving During Challenging Times” is back from the printer. The big truck arrived today at the end of our country driveway and the driver was reluctant to drive in so Cam took our battered old pick up truck and “hand bombed” the boxes in to our truck. Nothing is easy in the country… not even getting a delivery of books! I’ll be updating our website soon to add it to our catalogue and allow orders for it to be submitted.
We have also been busy working on another fall release. Bill Kemp has provided us with a revised and updated version of “The Renewable Energy Handbook” and we’ve been busy completing the layout and sourcing the new photos and graphics etc. We are hoping to have it to the printer soon and it should be out by late October/early November. We’ve gone with a larger format too… the book will be 8″ x 10″ in size although we decided to stay with the same cover design. Why monkey around with success?
Our next book will be a gardening book, to be published in the spring of 2010. So not only has Cam been busy actually working in the garden, he’s been busy writing about it and taking lots and lots of photos to use. “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook” promises to be an inspirational how-to book suitable for any sized garden and Cam plans to avoid the intimidating tone of so many existing gardening books!
Speaking of our garden… it was a banner year for garlic here at Sunflower Farm. I estimated the crop to be 3,000 heads of garlic as I went up and down the rows earlier this summer nipping off the garlic scapes. We pulled it all out in late July, hung it up to dry and now we’ve been busy trimming and cleaning all of those heads. We’ve found a few places to sell it since it is highly unlikely that even garlic lovers like us could eat THAT many heads of garlic!
Garlic isn’t the only thing in the garden of course and so we’ve been gorging ourselves on fresh corn, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, beans, peas, potatoes, etc etc etc. We tried a couple of new items this year; sweet potatoes and peanuts. You’ll be able to read all about our successes (or failures) in the gardening book when it is finished.
We even acquired two “hay burners” for the paddock – a horse and a pony who are “between homes” right now and so are staying with us. They do a great job of chewing down the grass and turning it into good quality fertilizer for the lawns and gardens.
So…. all of that to explain why Cam has been negligent in writing a new blog lately. Hope you understand….