Spring is Upon Us!

I see the ground! Before I moved to New England, this would have seemed like a very odd statement indeed, but now it is an event to be celebrated.  Most of the snow in the yard had gone liquid and returned to the land from whence it came.  Daily activities around the homestead have also…

2016 Photo Challenge- Solid

Even the heart brake can yield a harvest. Fredrick, the last guinea fowl died Valentines day, which is rather fitting.  I think he might have been a little suicidal after the death of his flock at the paws of the husky.   He was never at peace.  Didn’t want to live with the chickens even…

A Day Of Rest

Fall is here!  Mornings on the homestead now necessitate a hat and sweatshirt. The first tree in the yard has turned. Most fall days are spent preparing for the coming cold but since Sunday is a day of rest; I will.   It is good to reflect on what we have done and all there is still left…

Pumpkins, Beans and Porcupine Chickens.

Fall is in full effect and I am not going to lie, it is pretty epic.  One of the only times of year I don’t miss the redwoods. The garden has browned and is going to seed quickly.  We have learned a whole lot about what we can do better next year. All-in-all it has been…

Homesteading Math 101: Counting Chickens.

Does anyone remember that old riddle about how to get a cabbage, a goat and a wolf across a river with one boat? That is what it feels like we have been trying to do recently.  I have decided to call it homesteading math. With our final hatching of the summer now over I can finally count…

Foul! Guinea Fowl That Is…

When we left for my sister’s wedding we had 11 eggs going in the incubator.  For the first time this summer they were not chicken eggs. I declared my desire for guiena fowl one night this past winter.  Thanks to the magic of the internet I was able to have fertile eggs sent to us. Our local feed…

Late night trouble with the iPad

4 am. Currently in our bed there are; two humans, one cat and two dogs. I would love to tell you that Isis is not here too because we learned our lesson after the first two; that dogs should sleep on the floor.   But that would be a lie.  It is because we only…