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.