I live on an organic homestead and I love this beautiful earth. I live simply and with intention. Making a blog is pretty much the last thing I thought I would be doing in 2012. That said, I’m up for an adventure.
I welcome fellow adventure seekers and your comments.
Thank you for visiting. This is a wildly new medium for me… pardon any glaring gaffs whilst I find my sea legs.
So what’s happening on our homestead? Everything is organic, and we like the old ways of doing things.
This is a picture of the east half of our vegetable garden last summer…It was not a great year because it was so rainy, but it looked MUCH worse after hurricane Irene laid our popcorn & Brussels sprouts flat. If you look close there is a patch of milkweed to the right back of the shot…we’re not lazy about weeds, hell we eat ’em…we do like to provide habitat for the monarch butterflies. Even if the plants sprout up in the veggie patch.
These are a few of our hens and of course a rooster. The rooster, Junior, is a Dominique-Araucana mix and the tiny gal next to him, Henny Penny, is a Buff Cochin-Brahma mix. Henny Penny is the iconic mother hen, hatching out at least two broods per season. The red sex link facing the camera has not yet been named. We had a total of 16 chickens last summer. Hopefully I’ll get a shot of our favorite Dominicker, Golden for you!
Enter Houdini…who comes by her name honestly. While she was crated to visit the vet to be spayed, she worked the lock over and had herself an E-scape! We had to reschedule the appointment. She was rescued as a young cat herself with 3 kittens [2 still live]. The kittens found homes and we kept mama. She is a great mouser! We also had a charming little fellow from another farm named Havoc (named after a rat bait)… He was an orange guy and just so sweet! Unfortunately when he ‘came of age’ to be neutered he overheard my conversation with the vet and, I kid you not…he left. He’s been on walkabout since…in spite of our looking and longing for him.
What else are we up to? We grow lots of berries, red raspberries, black raspberries, elderberries, black currants, strawberries, blackberries, and a few bushes of blueberries that don’t bear too much fruit. Thankfully there are tons of wild blueberries for those willing to hike the hills. There are a couple apple trees that started to bear two years ago…one, to our dismay is a red delicious! Who plans on growing RD apples? Oh well, sometimes you take what you get. I love our Filbert stand. Nuts so sweet and tasty.
We also grow flowers…some just for their beauty, some for the hummingbirds, and some for making medicines.
We also grow lots of different herbs. This dill and neighbors find their way into soups and salads and the seed flavor the raw pickles we make.
So that’s some of what we do. Can you tell I finally learned how to get the pictures from my camera & onto the computer!? Since my father-in-law dragged me (kicking/screaming) into the digital age with the gift of a Nikon P7000 a few months ago, I’ve been learning my way around its use. This new adventure of blogging will keep the shutter snapping.
Pass back this way again…
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