Monday morning rituals. I can’t say that my whole kitchen is clean, but at least my dishes are. And my new little plant friends are settling into their windowsill home nicely. What’s your one goal of something to accomplish this week? I’m determined to completely clean out the chicken coop and run once it stops raining and get caught up on laundry. (Ok I guess that’s two goals) How about you?
They clawed their way into our hearts!
😀😻 My daughter will forever remember that night her cat had kittens in her bedroom. A dream come true for my 11 year old!
Still waiting on baby goat number 4. Being “on call”’ for a goat birth and a human birth are kinda that same! I check my phone (to connect to the goat cam) at various intervals in the night; nervous that I’ll miss it. Either way - I’m excited for her to pop! It’s getting so cute in our barnyard! Did you see my announcement about baby goat photo sessions!? I’m so stoked to have people come to the farm for this! If you know someone that would love a session like this tag them in this post of my previous one! 🐐❤️
The Chinese long beans are blooming today 😍 as are many of our beans now. Over the years, I have learned a lot from tending these gardens.. last year, I learned that I really ought to plant a LOT more beans. They fix nitrogen in the soil, so I always plant them among other vegetables. These long beans are growing among our heirloom tomatoes.
And talk about an easy crop 👍 It's a little tricky finding beans that will do well in our hot/humid summers, but, once you find them, it's practically effortless (and, once they start bearing, you get a harvest almost every day!).
I have shared before that my ultimate goal is to gradually transition these permaculture gardens to a perennial forest garden, and there has been a LOT going into that behind the scenes this year and last year... but perennials take time, especially trees, so I have quite a bit of annual vegetables in the meantime. I will always have some - beans and tomatoes, in particular, but the goal is to reduce the amount of other annual vegetables over the next few years. Annuals require so many inputs year after year... ask anyone who farms 😂 perennials generally require less, so that is the direction we are heading here.
Whisper looking lovely in her new custom halter from Jackie's Tack in Asheboro. 😍 Also, we are the WORST at taking selfies, and while this one is by FAR the best we've ever done she looks positively crazy with that blue eye 😂 *sigh* Oh well, we'll keep trying 🐴💗🌿✨⛅ #homesteading#painthorse#rescuehorse#hearthorse#glasseye
When your husband leaves for work early on a Saturday morning and you can’t sleep due to the medicine you are taking, you take advantage of a beautiful morning.
Of course, you may regret this later in the day due to still being sick, but really, it was totally worth it.
This garden was planted on what was originally a gravel driveway. @baronvonprim spent close to a year getting the area ready with layers of mulch, cardboard, and even some seaweed for good measure. This method allowed for actively avoiding tilling and our location lets us enjoy this garden without adding a single drop of water.
I watched Aaron struggle to get multiple gardens going at other people’s houses when we lived in California, had no access to our own land, and were in the middle of a drought. It’s been such a joy to watch this garden come to life because of his time and effort. Just waiting on those tomatoes to turn colors....
Is anyone else getting in on this daily July BOGO sale from @doterra? 😍 I continue to get sucked in with them, but I have yet to be disappointed - coming from years of saying "no, I will never pay that much for an oil" - fast forward - oh yes I will! Surprisingly🤯 it's so concentrated that I only have to use drops instead of ounces - so yep....I welcome the temptation - plus BOGO saves me $$$ ❤ - plus I need sleep - so this might work 😊 #essentialoils#naturalhealing - "link in bio"
A big huge thank you to everyone who came along to our Winterfest Trade Meet on Saturday!
Thanks so much @The Secret Garden and Nursery Richmond for hosting us! We hope the One Mile Cafe enjoys all our lovely items we left for them.
A special thanks goes out to @themulberrytwo , @basketrynsw and @simplebotanicals for running your free live demonstrations on the day. It was so fabulous to see you all in action demonstrating your amazing skills!
Also thanks goes to @boomerangbagshawkesbury for offering your fabulous reusable bags on the day.
We had a fabulous turn out with lots of new people trading and a great array of trade items on offer.
We gave away loads of free seedlings, helping a few people get their own veggie patch started, hopefully we will see them at a future trade meet one day, trading their surplus veggies for something else they need 😃 Encouraging people to take control of their own food security, one seedling at a time 🌱
We also had lots of excited kiddies having a great time at our Kids Free Seed Planting Activity. It was such a pleasure to watch and encourage kids to start their own food growing adventure. Learning that fresh food doesn’t just come from a supermarket, it can start as a tiny seed in your own veggie patch.
We truly hope everyone who came along had as much fun as we did! Can’t wait to see you all at our August trade meet!
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WOW WOW WOW!!!!! WHAT!????? 😱
OMG that was freaking AMAZING 🙌🏻 Seriously BEST workout!!!! 💪🏻 LOVE LOVE LOVE THE HIIT, WEIGHTS & CORE COMPONENT ALL IN 1 WORKOUT!!!!! 💕💪🏻 My arms are SHAKKKKINNG!!! LOVE IT!!! Now time to get “RECOVER”, get ready for work and have a FREAKIN’ AMAZING DAY!!!!!! 😁
Having chickens isn't easy,@marvellousmrsp made a big decision to rescue hens that were literally and figuratively battered. Ex battery girls that had no feathers. She treated them well, created a great home and gave them hugs. Now they're amazing and well with amazing plumages.
We also added a couple more the green and blue layers contributing to our haul of home laid eggs.
I never thought I'd ever have a conversation with my neighbor that led to me delivering some fresh eggs. Haha getting old.
Here's to more eggs and some happy girls
Where do your eggs come from?
Everyday when we buy or eat food we get to choose to support different farming systems.
Me, I’d like my eggs to come from hens free to roam on grass, express natural behaviours and whose genes don’t make them lay at artificially high rates at the expense of their health.
Just start asking where your food comes from and you’ll learn a lot. 👊🏻
Fugal beekeeping tip!! At our homestead we use wood shavings, the kind that come in giant bags at @tractorsupply, to fuel our smoker.
We already purchase the shavings for our chickens, and the bags goes a long way, so we prefer this over purchasing expensive “smoker fuel.” Also, look at that honey 😍
You only miss the water when it’s gone. This phrase was brought to life over the weekend when we saw the Irish population rejoice at a little rain 💦😅
This was taken a few weeks ago when we first made a start at the winter firewood (aka: Hurricane Ophelia’s victims 🌳). Lush, green pastures like this are now a fond memory and forms our post-rain hopes and dreams for our little milkers 🐑🌱💚