My 15 year old made a fried naan bread earlier this week that was sooooooo good. First time making it too. I suspect it will become a frequent thing.
We had some excellent naan last year and while they are supposedly baked in our province and sold at most of the big name stores we've never been able to find them. This has led me on a quest to make decent ones myself and I have been attempting different styles of flat breads every couple of weeks lately. I'm not a super cook but can usually make a reasonable facsimile after a couple attempts. My flatbreads have been giving me troubles but the latest try a few days ago was respectable. Almost what it should have been and I think I know how to tweak it for the next try.
I've been fencing with the boys and it brings out what I love about my farm and some of the things that I don't anymore. The one day we saw geese with goslings, ducks, herons, pelicans and one lone crane that was chasing the geese for some reason. We don't usually have cranes here. A tiny mule deer fawn that wouldn't move even though we were working only a couple feet from it. Mule deer, elk and a mama moose with twins. Moose are new around here too. On other days coyotes, foxes and various other little animals. When we told the wife she said it's like living in a zoo and complained we didn't take any pics. I don't carry a camera or phone with me 99% of the time when I'm working. What I see is a regular thing for me.
On the bad side is beavers. There are 3 creeks starting with springs on my land. They used to have a narrow strip of willows and poplars along the banks and in a few spots nice little groves that were fun to play in. One valley and creek has enough trees the beavers haven't killed them all. The one that starts at my farm yard has lost all the poplars (used to be 1/2 mile on two branches) and 90% of the willows that used to cover a mile and a half. I'm fighting with them to save the trees in my yard. The last creek looks like a bomb went off for 3 miles. 90% of the poplar are gone or dead and lying in tangled piles. Over 50% of the willows have been mowed or drowned out. There's large dams everywhere and it's only possible to cross the creek in 2 spots, one of which is getting tricky excpet late summer. The other is the next story.
For the last several weeks the beaver have been plugging the culvert and buidling a dam on two of my trails. The one trail I abandoned to them because it's my mother's land and she said at least it keeps the trespassers from sneaking in that way. The other I've been cleaning every few days because I need to get to the far side to work. The one night they went totally nuts, completely blocked the culvert and built a foot high dam down the middle of the road. That doesn't sound like much but it meant I had about 50' of sopping wet mud to try and drive through plus all the trees they'd used. Cleaned it out somewhat and unplugged the culvert. Kept the culvert clear and gave it a few days to dry before attempting to cross. Looked good but at the far end the ground was a dried crust on top of mud soup so I sunk the 4x4 to the frame in it.
Kid told me I should have brought the tractor over just in case. I told him this was a lesson for him. Do what you want but be ready to accept the consequences. So I had a 2 and half mile jog to go get a tractor. Luckily the jog was on a grid road and a neighbour lady found me and gave me a ride half the way. I've jogged that road many times in my life because of things like this and only twice gotten a ride. Pulled the truck out, piled a bunch of dry dirt in the mudhole and got back to work. I'll take this over a desk job any day. Plus while I was going back and forth the kids were enjoying themselves destroying the dam over the end of the culvert.