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Full Circle


In the midst of waxing sentimental over baking bread, the scent of line-dried sheets, picking blueberries, snapping beans, and countless other ways we escape the chaos that is life: we neglected to tell you about our saltwater reef tank. The tank serves as our taste of luxury with its glorious array of bright colors and interesting shaped animals. Not only is it the centerpiece of our living room, but it is our inner courtyard and underwater garden.


Instead of watching television to zone out or wind down at the end of a long day, we sit in front of our glowing tank and get thoroughly lost in coral, anemone, crustaceans, and fish. timberland femme pas cher All of the creatures in the tank work together so that they may live. moncler soldes The corals act as filters for the water and the fish keep the algae from growing over the corals (if allowed to grow, they would block the light and rob nutrients). ugg pas cher Even the sand, which is filled with living organisms, works to keep the water clean. ugg outlet france The snails sift the sand and the crustaceans act as janitorial staff and morticians. puma en ligne iphone 7 brand case There is life in every corner of the tank. iphone 6 plus case card holder Life that is hard at work so that others may live. chaussures puma phone cases iphone 6 football Essentially, the reef is a utopia. mobile case iphone 7 plus We have one of the most complex ecosystems in the world peacefully existing behind some glass in our house. Timberland Femme In maintaining the tank, we learned about balance. iphone 6 charger case black The tank could be rolling along great guns and then we add more sand or the power goes out — suddenly we have unhappy corals, dead anemone, and stressed out fish. puma sneakers pas cher One small element can be the difference between mind-numbing beauty and complete chaos. asics pas cher These lessons can carry over into farming. We plan (one day) to have a fish farm, chemical-free U-pick vegetable garden and orchard, grass-fed beef operation, and free-range poultry. Soldes Timberland The water & waste from the fish will water the garden and fields. moncler paris The grass will feed the cattle and poultry which we will rotate. The compost from the cattle and poultry will help to replenish the soil and also go into the garden. The garden also helps to feed the fish (more on this in another post because it’s really cool). doudoune moncler homme soldes puma phone case iphone 7 metal See? We’ve learned a lot from the reef tank!


As I sat and watched the reef tank while folding clothes this morning, I could see the chickens through the window as they hunted for insects, plucked at the damp grass, and fluffed their feathers. iphone 8 cases cute The sun was just beginning to rise which meant that egg production would be good today.

  • warren - Hey…regarding that last picture….

    You know what?

    Chicken butt!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - That is so beautiful! Relaxing too!


    Rosa xoxoReplyCancel

  • Michele - There is nothing like folding laundry which watching the chickens peck and scratch.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - Beautiful pictures also a beauty of a picture from your lovely & apart blue fish! hahaha,…
    Thanks for your great compliments on my foodblog, my dear friend, Lacy!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Oh my gosh! That is one beautiful fish!

    Don’t tell the Mr. , but I would love to have chickens one day… don’t think we can have them in the city though…ReplyCancel

  • allochthon - Have you looked into aquaponics for your fish farm?ReplyCancel

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