Skunks can really harm your honeybees. They will suck on their juices and spit out the remains called "skunk cuds."
Garden produce in the winter? You betcha. Roots and greens.
Spring Fling at Cloud 9 Farm Cloud 9 Relaxation Home and Heavenly Hideaway Cabin await your INNER RENEWAL for Spring. With any booking in March/April ’09 mention “I read your blog” and you’ll have a breakfast delight basket waiting for you: Fresh ground whole wheat bread, half dozen Cloud 9 large brown chicken eggs (you can gather them yourself if you like), a chunk [ MORE » ]
Plan ahead and save these dates for next year;April 4–May 17, 2009 Biltmore’s gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Festival of Flowers. Every vacation renter that stayed at Cloud 9 and Heavenly Hideaway Cabin spent the day at the Biltmore Estate to see [ MORE » ]
Dirt roads, almost as rare as hen’s teeth in Fairview, NC as developers demand ameneties for prospective buyers. My favorite winding backroad to town got paved a few years ago. Sure, less dust and easier on the car but it was the road I always took out-of-town guests on the way back from the airport. “We live way back in the hills,” I would [ MORE » ]
We can let our breath out now that the danger of frost hurting the delicate, pink and white blueberry blooms is over. Last year in April ’07 the 4 day freeze wiped out 98% of the crop so this year’s double bloom brings new hope for a bumper crop of those sweet tasting, grape-size delights of blue heaven. If you book Cloud 9 or [ MORE » ]
Remember this time of year, mid April to mid May if you’d like to take a vacation and see the glorious wild dogwood bloom. The white blossoms spread out like sheets through a wood’s view amongst the new green leaves coming out of their buds in many shades of green. I’ve never seen a honeybee on dogwood blossom so they don’t have much nectar. [ MORE » ]
When the danger of the (Cooper and Red tailed) hawk’s regular feeding time is over (mid day) the “girls” (and 3 boys) are let loose the last couple hours of the day to free range. Here is the beautiful Golden Comet rooster, “Goldy,” staying out of the way of the alpha rooster, “Ooleroo” by hiding behind the daffodils.
On the 200 acres of Cloud 9 Rentals, there are many places of interest, tiki heads to mask tree stumps and stone works all from the property. One that you see in the valley is the Phoenix, sitting on the edge of the woods. You have to look closely to see the rock legs and the graduated in size, flat rocks showing feathers of [ MORE » ]
This is an exciting time of year at Cloud 9 and Heavenly Hideaway when the valley fields turn from brownish to bright green and the cows (herd of 11) start to ignore the last of the hay bales and turn to munching on the succulent new growth. The daffodils, forsythia and lady’s slippers are at their peak making for yellow and pink on green [ MORE » ]