When I started Practical Pages, I did not plan for it to be a personal blog.
And generally it isn’t …
… the names and faces of the innocent are protected
and some family members never feature.
But as I’ve emailed, chatted to and met some of my readers (thank you so much for the visit), I realized that it is personal.
My passion is to inspire and encourage others.
That is personal.
Well, may I share some more?
Many of you may know these facts about me ~
- we live in South Africa
- in the Klein Karoo (fynbos & protea grow here)
- high on a mountain farm
- we farm Dorper sheep
- and try live simple, farmstead lives
- and we grow Tree Lucerne
Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “What is a lucerne tree?” Tree Lucerne is also known as Tagasaste, (Chamaecytisus palmensis), and it officially came from the Canary Islands.
Normal lucerne (known as alfalfa) is a wonderful, rich grazing. Tree Lucerne is also a highly nutritious plant that is like normal lucerne except that it is a shrub that grows for 60 – 80 years!
This season, our fields of 3-year-old lucerne trees flowered and yielded a bumper harvest of seeds in pods.
Literally – millions of seeds.
So we became officially the
We’ve just launched our new little website. Please will you pop over for a quick tour?
(and if you wondered ~ “Boom Lusern” is Afrikaans for Tree Lucerne)
The family spend our days (and nights) peeling and packaging seeds.
My step-son plants out thousands of seeds into seed-trays or potting bags and cares for the seedlings.
I created, write, post & maintain, and teach my non-computer-savy hubby about his new blog and help him with admin.
He spends time running his farm, creating infra-structure and talking to farmers on the phone.
We are all involved.
It is a real family business.
Thanks for letting me share a more personal peep into our farm life.