Welcome…

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Hello from Tranquilla Cove Homestead! It’s always an adventure to look back on the progress made during the development of any homestead. The successes, the failures, the recollections all combine to write our personal story at Tranquilla Cove!

I am now looking forward to  posting more information about our progress here at Tranquilla Cove Homestead as well as posting some of our favorite recipes from Cove Cuisine …enjoy!

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Welcome Welsummers

After 4 or 5 weeks the Welsummer chicks have feathered out and grown! Time to relocate them from a cardboard box in the bedroom to the transition run inside the main chicken yard. There, they will be able to interact with the older hens, yet be protected from any aggression. …

2019 Update

Time for an overdue update on the Homestead! January brought more rains bringing our lake level back up to the high water mark. As of February 11th 2019 we have yet to have temperatures below 35° here at The Cove. Hens are doing well, no more critter incidences. The fall …

A Rainy Day

The lake has been pretty stable over the course of the Fall.  We’ve had an inch of rain here and there to keep the water level up on it’s high note. Yesterday however, with a slow front passing through, in a 24 hour period we received 6.75″ of rain! We …

An evening in October

Florida evening…so still, soothing and slightly warm, full of sounds…Sandhill Cranes, a nearby Hawk and local frogs. All that is needed is here…peace of mind…peace in my heart.                     …If I could be anywhere at this moment it would be here…it …

End of July Update…

I have been neglectful in posting this year, having started another site influenced by my numerous kayak trips. July, as well as the rest of the months this year have been exceptionally wet.  The weather pattern seems to be normal now with thunderstorms arriving almost every afternoon, evening. The water …

Night Blooming Cereus

We love plants and flowers here at The Cove, and one of our favorites is our ‘Night Blooming Cereus’. Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Dutchman’s pipe cactus or queen of the night) is a species of cactus and one of the most cultivated species in the genus. E. oxypetalum blooms rarely and only at night, and its flowers wilt before dawn.

First cold weather arrives…

Today we woke up to our first ‘cold’ weather of the year…finally! It has been a bit on the warm side throughout October, often close to setting new records and hopefully that has changed. Time to split some wood and fire up the wood stove tonight as the low will be 43°. A sip of Bulleit Bourbon and hot Minorcan Clam Chowder is on the menu…