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Homestead

Homestead. A home, outbuildings, gardens, barn, hen house, gardens, orchard and other means of providing a person’s needs.

In 2016 our homestead consists of:

  • Five chickens, all bantams. We have two Buff Silkie roosters and two hens, and one White Silkie hen.
  • 19 Ducks. We raise Fawn & White runners and Khaki Campbells. They’re housed together so there are crosses.
  • One-half acre of garden
  • 40+ apple trees. All but three are wild. Three are excellent producers. Some are too young to produce and others are overgrown and being pruned back into production.
  • Three plum trees. We have American, Kaga and Toka.
  • Two pear trees. I don’t remember the variety.
  • Hazelnuts. Two domestic and one wild.
  • One American chestnut. We had two but the voles girdled one and killed it. I’ll replace it this year.
Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts

Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts

Self Reliance Challenge – Thoughts I lost track of time this week and didn’t wrap up the Self Reliance Challenge. I was busy being self reliant, the number one reason I don’t write here more often these days. With so many projects going at once it’s hard to think through what I’ll write about, take pics and get them resized, and sit down to do the work. It’s a lot more fun being outside pulling rhubarb, creating recipes for On…

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Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

Self Reliance Challenge – Week Three

It’s week three of the Self Reliance Challenge. I’m still working away on last week’s list. Perennial plants didn’t come so they haven’t been planted. We bought more plants over the weekend that need to be planted. Homesteading is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in homesteading. Since I’m still working on last week’s list I’ll make that number on on this week’s, and I’ll add to it: Start a ginger bug….

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Self Reliance Challenge Blogs

Self Reliance Challenge Blogs

Have you been reading the Self Reliance Challenge blogs?  In case you missed them – AnnMarie – 15 Acre Homestead Nancy – Nancy On The Homefront Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead Robin – A Life in the Wild Candy – Candy’s Farm House Pantry Farmgal – Just another Day on the Farm Ashley – Practical Self Reliance ShawnaLee – Homegrown Self Reliance Frank – My Green Terra Maria – Maria Zannini Lisa Lynn (that’s me!) – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Self Reliance Challenge – Another Update and List

Self Reliance Challenge – Another Update and List

Oh my goodness. My self reliance challenge list was very short and I still didn’t get it all done. I was busy busy ridiculously busy, but not enough of that work was on my list. I baked for 20 hours, spent most of one day at a poorly planned, pathetically attended, completely misrepresented market, and worked outside all of another day. Still didn’t get it done. I’ll get caught up. So, what I did do – planted the peppers and…

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Glitches – Things That Make My Hair Turn Gray-er

Glitches – Things That Make My Hair Turn Gray-er

ACK!  Glitches are making my gray hair grayer. Ingredients in the Sandwich Bread recipe aren’t working. An updated plugin took the entire website down yesterday. It’s a plugin I pay for so that pisses me off makes me angry. I’m baking up a storm today. As soon as I get out of work I’ll fix the recipe and see what else needs to be done. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Here’s a turtle. See? It could be worse….

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Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info

Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info

Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info So, here we go! May 1, time to start the self-reliance challenge. I haven’t written in an intro since I first started the blog. I’m Robin. I’m married to Steve and we’re parents to two grown women, Kristin and Taylor. We’re empty nesters now so the amount of work that goes into feeding my family is a lot smaller than when we started homesteading in 1990. I’m a writer, baker and Chef Robin on…

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Eggs! Fresh Food Daily on the Homestead

Eggs! Fresh Food Daily on the Homestead

I haven’t talked about “fresh food daily” much this year. After losing the veggies in the high tunnel to an open door during a blizzard, there hasn’t been much for fresh food. We do have eggs daily thanks to pullets that I still haven’t identified (should do that today), and now thanks to ducks that started laying three days ago. First one egg, then one egg on the second day, and three eggs on the third day. Four eggs tomorrow?…

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February 24 2018

February 24 2018

Sunrise 6:16 am, sunset 5:11 pm. Days are noticeably longer, something that makes me smile even when it’s overcast. It isn’t pitch black, but close, when I wake. These longer days make me feel like we just might survive another winter. It’s coyote mating season. On the move with a definite mission, we’re hearing them more often and closer to the house. I’m a little concerned about Zoey’s safety. Zoey is our youngest dog. At four, she’s finished maturing and…

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February 20 2018

February 20 2018

It’s been a while, eh? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and planning and replanning and ducking the curve balls of life. Winter has been odd, thank you very much, climate change. Unusually cold and snow, and warm and rainy, and cold and rainy, and warm and snowy. We haven’t been on the snowmobiles yet but have been ice fishing at camp a couple of times. Interesting weather, interesting winter. I spent the weekend at our camp with our…

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Coffee Bean Knitting – Sponsor Interview

Coffee Bean Knitting – Sponsor Interview

Coffee Bean Knitting Kristin Follette Coulombe is someone near and dear in my heart. Kristin’s my oldest daughter and one of my first sponsors here in the blog. Meet Kristin! Check out her store. She has her first hat pattern for sale now (it’s only $5!!!), and it’s a download so you get instant gratification. It’s the – Popham Double Brim Beanie Pattern. Tap on the photo to go to the pattern link. Your work is perfect and looks like…

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