Are you longing for a simpler life? Do you wish you knew basics like how to bake bread? Do sunflowers and piglets make you smile? Then you’re in the right place. Join us on our journey to go from city dwellers to sustainable farmers, with a whole lot of expensive mistakes made along the way!
Today is slaughter day at our fledgling farm--pig slaughter day. And so I am in town at a coffee shop as I write this. Because I hate pig slaughter day. I mean, I was a vegetarian for 24 years! Raising pigs for food is a huge about face for me. And don't judge me too … Continue reading Pig Slaughter Day at Our Small Farm
Our very old farmhouse was built in pieces, and the kitchen (and therefore wood stove) got moved as the house got added on to. That means we had not one but two chimney holes in ceilings to deal with. We've yet to deal with the one in our daughter's bedroom, but the kitchen ceiling we … Continue reading Before and After Photos: Patching a Chimney Hole in the Kitchen Ceiling With a Piece of Antique Tin
With these snowy days, I've noticed Rooster Cogburn has a funny habit...one that indicates life in the hen house is hard on a fellow! This photo isn't very good, but here's what happens: I open the chicken coop door and the "girls" decide it's still too cold to go out so they stay inside. But … Continue reading True Meaning of “Hen House”? Our Rooster Needs a Break, It Seems!
When I accidentally killed chickens moving the chicken tractor, I whined about it on Facebook. That led to people asking me, "What is a chicken tractor?" There are lots of types of chicken tractors and I hesitated to talk about ours because it's not fitting for what we're trying to do now, but it's all … Continue reading The Chicken Tractor at Our Small Farm
Just a quick post to show the progress in our room from the before that we were sleeping in when we moved into the unfinished house in April: See the missing floorboards? And that dark wall, that is the outside siding. Yes, we could hear the frogs and river as if the window was wide … Continue reading Another Shocking Before and After Photo: a Corner of the Master Bedroom
This farmhouse renovation has been and continues to be so all consuming that I sometimes lose sight of how much has been accomplished. Emma chastised me Sunday after church when we pulled up outside the house and I just sighed and my shoulders slumped as I thought of all the work left to do. She … Continue reading Shocking Before and Afters! 2 Photos to Remind Myself How Far We’ve Come