ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer (Spring 2016 Edition)

Updated on October 24, 2016
Jodah profile image

We have had up to four roosters and fifteen hens. We have downsized since moving to town but still have a few chickens.


Almost No Spring Edition

Greetings friends, and welcome to spring at the Cackleberry Farm!

This edition almost didn't happen for various reasons, but in the back of my mind was my promise to my loyal followers that I would keep the series going. I had actually retired the Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer from monthly publication but had specific requests to resurrect it. So, how can a writer refuse to write to satisfy demand? For that reason I decided to publish it seasonally.

So, although spring is a beautiful time of year, these last two months have been sad and drama packed and far from conducive to positive and uplifting writing. I will try to put these troubles aside (or maybe air them in a poem) and focus on happier stuff.


Celebrating Seven Years of Hubbing

Well, I did successfully manage to offload my troubles in a couple of poems, and personally, I am quite proud of them. Maybe I should be in this frame of mind more often when I write.

This hub actually coincides with notification of my Seven Year Hubbiversary. In a perfect world I would have said this is also the seventh edition in the Cackleberry Farm series, but it's not. That would have just been too much synchronicity - it's actually the eighth.

It is hard to imagine seven years have gone by since I joined HubPages, and I think it is around ten since we moved to what is now The Cackleberry Farm (originally just called "The Block").

Water Tanks
Water Tanks | Source

Back Home on the Farm

The latter part of this year has seen better than average rainfall and our water tanks are all close to being full which is a fortunate situation. Rain followed by warm sunny days also means the grass grows long and fast, and as a consequence, needs cutting. Luckily my ride-on mower is also running fine at the moment (which is not always the case).

The feathered girls are being good and productive and we are currently being presented with four or five cackleberries per day which is more than enough for just the two of us. The furbabies (my wife's name for the dogs and cats) are all doing well and are just as productive as the hens though in a different way .. with unconditional love.

We were also blessed to make the acquaintance of a wonderful couple, Rance and Marion, who are now our house/farm sitters. This allows Kathy and I to actually travel away together for the first time in years. Usually, any trip away lasting more than two nights has to be taken separately because of our dogs, cats, and chickens. This year we have actually been able to get away together on three occasions, without having to worry about the farm.

Rance and Marion have fallen in love with The Cackleberry Farm and our animals so we have no trouble convincing them to farm sit. They even drive their bus out and camp here occasionally while we are still home.

Raising Chickens, The Pet that Pays for Itself
Raising Chickens, The Pet that Pays for Itself | Source

No Personal Blogs on HubPages

Some may say that this series is too personal and more like a blog post, so shouldn't be published on HubPages. Maybe that's true, but I am not one for being told what I can't do, and am not a fan of personal blogs. I have trouble writing something new every day and also find it difficult to generate followers. So, for now HubPages just has to put up with The Cackleberry Farmer.

I could also make these articles more instructional on how to raise chickens, but hey, I've already done that in-depth in my article "Raising Chickens - The Pet that Pays for Itself," on PetHelpful. That means HubPages and you, my faithful reader, just have to put up with my ramblings.

Kathy and I have been busy planting and growing tomatoes, herbs, blood orange, pomegranate, and loquat trees, as well as some Jacarandas. The tomato bushes are loaded with fruit but for some reason they aren't ripening. Maybe now that the days are warming up it will accelerate the process.

A Parsley Crop
A Parsley Crop | Source
Cock-a-doodle-doodle-doo | Source

The Cackleberry Farmer: The Poem

I may be a frequent writer of poetry but this is the very first poem I have put in a Cackleberry Farm hub. It is quite light-hearted and I hope you enjoy it.

Let's hear it for the farmers,

Men and women on the land

Who grow the crops we use each day,

And raise animals by hand.

Here's to the urban farmers too

Who try to be the change,

Promoting self-sufficiency.

Though they're often seen as strange.

But everybody raise your glass

To the greatest of them all,

The Cackleberry farmer

Who braves the rooster's call.

At sunrise every morning,

And sometimes through the night,

That cock-a-doodle-doodle-doo,

Wakes mere mortals with a fright.

But the Cackleberry Farmer

Simply rises from his bed,

Rubs his eyes, puts on his boots,

And makes sure the poultry's fed.

(and dogs, cats, and wild birds)


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)