Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Getting back at it...

I have been on a break for a bit. There have been some changes in our lives and the homestead. I am excited to share some of those things here with you!

One exciting thing that has happened on our homestead is we have started homeschooling this year. I 
have wanted to home school the boys for many years, but was just to scared too. I am so glad that we decided to do this! It is so neat to watch the boys as we are learning about something and their eyes light up when they get it. Or when they beg me to keep reading because they want to keep learning about a certain place in the world or an animal, etc.  Watching them excel in subjects and be able to apply what they learned to something we can go and do outside, etc.  Such an awesome thing!  Yes, there are days I wish I could go back to having my house clean for 8 hours and no one makes it messy, or the days when the house is quiet for me to think, days that no one wants to do school work and you just want the day to be done, or the days when you get to have alone time! Yes I do miss those days, but I love these days more! :) 

Homestead news:

We have downsized our goat  herd for the fall/winter. We  are talking about re- establishing a new herd, better pasture management/ grazing patterns and how to better our management of them. 

We are going to be selling off our flock of chickens ( they are older birds and egg production is Way down. So we will be starting with a whole new flock. I would like to get our red sexlink again but establish in some of the older heritage breeds as well. 

There has been talk about adding a pig to the homestead this spring! ( I am really excited about this!) We will have the pig from early spring and then have it ready for butcher in the fall. Any of those with some good tips, books, videos about raising pigs, I would love to hear from you! What is your favorite breed to raise and why?

We are wanting to add some apple trees this year. I would like to find a nice heirloom apple that I can use for canning ( pie filling, applesauce, etc.) . We have peach and pear trees, but the deer got to them this spring. They didn't kill them off, but we didn't get a harvest off of them. I am wanting to fence them off next year to help with that problem. Do any of you have deer problems with your fruit trees? What have you found that works best for this?

We are downsizing our garden for this coming year just for me to get back into the groove of everything , plus I am working. So if I can get some canning done next year ( unlike this year ) , with a small garden and then work at expanding the garden later on. I am going to try to work back in heirloom seeds to our garden as well. Last year we were so busy I just fell completely off the wagon and just bought any seed.  So next year will try to be more intentional. 

So that is it for now, I will have more in the New Year on our goals for the Homestead and what we plan on doing! 

Hope you all have a Very Happy Thanksgiving!  There is so much for us to be thankful for!

Happy Homesteading,

Katie

Friday, January 13, 2017

Our new addition and an incubator

    About 2 1/2 weeks ago we welcomed a 6 month old , black and white painted buck. We are excited

for his arrival, but also a bit anxious to have a buck on the property. We are excited though to be able

to have babies on the homestead again.










 His name is Luke and he is adjusting well. Right now we have him separated from the ladies for now

until we are ready to put them all together. He is a sweet boy, but you can surely tell he is a buck (

not just by the smell either! haha) by the way he moves and acts. We have talked to the boys about

safety around him since with all animals you need to use caution.

We are excited to see what the baby goats will look like this spring and summer.




We are also excited because we just bought a small egg incubator to hatch our own chicks! We have

5 eggs in the incubator right now , which we started yesterday. We will be sure to keep you updated

on this journey and with pictures as well! ( if I can remember!).


I have started working on our garden plan for this year as well! Yay!! I can't wait to get things

planted! I am ready for the dirt to get under my nails and the smell of freshly tilled soil! Anyone

else?! We are also making a list of projects we want to get done on the homestead. Honestly, I don't

think the list of projects ever gets done or ends, but I am okay with that!

I would love to add more animals to our homestead this year, but we are still unsure if that will

yet or not, but I will be sure to keep you all updated.

Anything new on your homestead? Anyone else hatching their own eggs? If so any advice would be

great! I am a nervous wreck about this!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

~ Katie