There is a well-known saying: “a farmer’s work is never done”, or is it rather “a mother’s work is never done”? Either way, both apply to our farm!
You can imagine our joy when an energetic, inspired, humble, clever and skilled young lady volunteered to come help us out with our never-ending to-do lists. In exhange for her time, we would give her a room and healthy food. More than a fair exchange me thinks!
Fi Smit arrived end July. I’ve known her for a few years now. She first entered my Landscape Architecture course at UP as a sprightly and spirited young lady; an inquisitive and creative mind if you’ve ever seen one! We remained friends and after a surprise visit on the farm, we chatted about her plans before going back to complete her Masters degree in LA at UCT. We both were thrilled at the prospect of her spending a month or two on the farm.
If you’ve read the previous post, you can picture how her little hands were appreciated! She not only helped with preparing the produce and their packaging for the market, but also busied herself with no less than three huge items on our list. The grey water drainage problem of the guest house was tackled, the pomegranate trees pruned and the damara sheep dosed with some vitamens for spring.
This week, Fi sorted out our overgrown greenhouse and prepared numerous seedling trays for the spring crops. She made some lavender cuttings and moved the many indigenous herbs to the beds close to the mountain border gardens. At this very moment, she is helping Petrus with the huge compost bed. For the past two days they’ve been carting around the chicken, sheep, sawdust and vegetative matter compost, relayering and shaping the mound. I can’t wait to smell the miracle mix when it’s done!
Last night, after a beautiful omlette dinner, she informed us that she would like to stay a while longer. Hooray!!! Our farm-fairy will be here until end-October, sweet joy.