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- Homestead Albania Tour
We will help answer all inquires here at Homestead Albania. We have 47 varieties of fruit trees and vines plus a large organic garden. Our land also has a beautiful mount and trail with a beautiful view of the lake, town and surrounding mountains. Tastings will include wine (while supplies last) and a variety of raki.
- Spring Projects
After a very wet, dark and cold winter, we welcome the warmer temperatures creeping up to sunny temperatures in mid 60°F/20°C. March had a cold snap and rain we haven't experienced before. Our project pomegranate is nearly complete. We will install a drip irrigation system by June but otherwise the trees are in the ground, the soil properly saturated with water and the ground around tree is fluffed and mounded. Art has moved on to a welding project. He is installing new supports to trellis the vines that need more space and support. Eventually, we plan to have do this in most sections including the driveway. Our garden is taking small steps to a reality. Garlic and onion planted only a few weeks ago are popping up and this year we planted 9 rows of potatoes. More veggies coming soon since the night temperatures seem to be heading out of freezing or below. The fruit trees are off to great start! We did take a time out to celebrate my birthday. It was a cool windy day, so I opted for snow and mountains. We drove up to Boge, a small valley town between two high peaks. We had plans to make it up to Theth to have a late lunch but mother nature had other plans. The corner just before the switchbacks was covered. After a few kind souls hopped out we were able to turn our little Jetta around. We had dinner in Razma, a cute mountain village, at the Golden Tower. A small lodge with a cozy restaurant, including a beautiful fireplace. We nearly had the entire place to ourselves. After reflecting on my *cough* 39 years, my long term goals always had an age associated. Create more than one income stream by 30, pay off student loans by 35, live and work abroad by 40, all of which were completed ahead of schedule. So cheers to new ageless goals in no particular order of importance: Install a long lap pool in between two rows of vines. (Art is on board) Finish and publish the Ember in Time Series. Book two first draft complete. Expecting four maybe five to complete the series. Create a guest space on property. Design and build an outdoor kitchen. Cheers my dear humans!
March came in with magical spring blooms popping up in nearly every corner of the garden, blue skies and loads of sunshine. We finished the water well and we only get about an hour of water three times a day which will be fine for the garden but not the entire orchard. Speaking of orchard, we have prepped 789 holes, ordered 800 pomegranate trees (400 Wonderful, 200 Davedishe, 200 Hicanzar) and rain is in the forecast for this weekend. I expect that the four walnut, four almond, four aroma pomegranate, and two olive trees we planted in the last few days in our garden this week were just the warm up. The field is prepped with a organic manure from local homesteads in each hole. But in all honesty the field looks like a giant game of whack a mole I used to play as a kid at Chucky Cheese. Do you see the resemblance? Our vegetable garden and the vine maintenance are about three weeks behind compared to last year due to a very soggy winter. We will spend the next few weeks with long days outside moving from one project to another. And time training Bobi, a black lab puppy and new addition to our homestead. We are still fermenting persimmons for a spring batch of raki. What kind of raki have you tried? In publishing news, Recover or Yield, the second novel in the Ember in Time Series is about a quarter of the way drafted. During the rainy days ahead I hope to squeeze in a large chunk of writing. I have completed the art for the cover. What do you think? Cheers to more crazy adventures and SPRING!
- Middle Earth or money pit...
Ladies and Gentlemen we've struck oil, nah just kidding only water. The installation of a new well process has had it's share of unforgiving weather with rain soak filled days, equipment failure, and stuck pipes delaying the project's completion. Last week, they found a water pocket around 150 meters, but not enough to supply the garden and orchard so they went further. Another pocket of water hit around 220 meters. To be on the safe side they went another thirty meters. Why am I telling you this? Most wells in our area tend to be 100-150 meters max. So we are near middle Earth status or at the spring streams feeding the lake nearby. Guessing, the mirror I broke two weeks ago didn't help. Benefits of digging a well: 1. The massive mud pit it creates would supply a nice arena for mud wrestling. Who's up for it? 2. Hopefully enough water to keep and maintain our garden, vineyard and soon to be orchard for our long dry summers. 3. Empty wallet syndrome In other news. Art started pruning the trees and vines over the last two weeks. We have another cold front coming so this will be on pause until the weather improves. We are fermenting the last of the persimmons for spring raki brewing. And our thana (cornelius cherry) trees are starting blossom. A first hint of spring in the garden after a long wet winter. We have two new additions. Meet Gigi and Juju. And I got mail! I ordered two paperback copies of my book the Castle of Teskom and they arrived a few days ago. It's surreal holding a copy. I know it's been out for months but after see and touching it all feels very very real. If you have read the book and are interested in book two I plan to release the title and some concept cover art later this month. Finally joining the ranks with Art! If you have purchased either book, THANK YOU! And if you have read either book please take a few minutes to post a review on Amazon, Goodreads or Barnes and Noble. It helps to have some reviews (even if they aren't all five stars). The books we donated to the school libraries are still sitting in boxes awaiting new shelves. We hope to visit and assist the schools with stocking and cataloging the books soon. Hope all is well in your corner of the world.
Castle of Teskom Ember in Time Series Book One Shiny ember rocks are fuel for time; the dull rocks are a fool’s dime. An old nursery rhyme, or so they think. Itra and Danae stumble across an ancient secret kept hidden behind a reflection in time near their Albanian home. A faded memory and cryptic messages have propelled them to risk an encounter with foes from Greek mythology, altering their perception of Albanian folklore and reality. Itra and Danae grapple with events set in motion centuries ago and must choose to protect and serve or risk having the secret exposed. Will love, loyalty, and lineage be enough to hold them together, or will they lose their way in a universe they are only beginning to understand? Order the Paperback today, eBook and hardback coming November 30th! Amazon Paperback, Hardcover and eBook Barnes & Noble Hardcover and eBook eBook with Apple, Kobo, and more... eBook with Google
Arti Malaj Author/12th generation Albanian Head of all things vineyard, orchard and garden. Master of the art of raki and wine. Amazing craftsman and engineer. Kim Malaj Author/American Head of all things tech, blog, photography, and drone. Retired at 36 to enjoy hiking, gardening, making wine and raki in beautiful Albania.
Latest News eBook Release September 28, 2020 On , Arti's book eBook will be available on Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. November 15th Northern Albanian Folk Tales, Myths and Legends Available to order here today! https://books2read.com/u/b5ZNOl Also available today at Amazon and . eBook Paperback Northern Albanian Folk Tales, Myths and Legends Generations of Northern Albanian are known as great story tellers. They shared many folk tales, myths, and legends with their descendants. The collected short stories include mysterious legends of lost treasures, mystical tales of mountain fairies, superhuman powers, century-old witches, blood feuds, and more written by a twelfth-generation Albanian. The lands described in the stories are still visible today, and locals share a sense of wonder and respect the mysteries that hide beneath. Northern Albania is a true treasure of raw natural beauty and a hidden gem in Southeastern Europe. Book Release December 9, 2020 Released , Kim's book the first book in the Ember in Time Series, a fantasy fiction novel set in northern Albania. It is available now the eBook, on Apple Books, Baker & Taylor, Google, Indigo, Amazon, Nook, and Kobo. Paperback available at Amazon and Barnes&Noble. Hardback available at Barnes&Noble. November 30th Castle of Teskom, Available today: Amazon Apple Kobo Barnes&Noble eBook Castle of Teskom Ember in Time Series Book One Shiny ember rocks are fuel for time; the dull rocks are a fool’s dime. An old nursery rhyme, or so they think. Itra and Danae stumble across an ancient secret kept hidden behind a reflection in time near their Albanian home. A faded memory and cryptic messages have propelled them to risk an encounter with foes from Greek mythology, altering their perception of Albanian folklore and reality. Itra and Danae grapple with events set in motion centuries ago and must choose to protect and serve or risk having the secret exposed. Will love, loyalty, and lineage be enough to hold them together, or will they lose their way in a universe they are only beginning to understand?