Snow on the Land

          “…With a river-duck’s egg, The offer of Yngvar.”   Snow has fallen again and while the chickens are upset at the ground cover, the ducks are quite happy sliding around on their bellies and digging down deep into the fluff.  The duck house has held up well so far this…

Hand Powered Tools for the Tool Kit

While the snow continues to pile up and our winter confinement threatens a cabin fever outbreak, I have made the best of the situation by adding a few hand powered items to my homestead tool kit. There is something comforting about holding a hand tool and realizing that you do not need electricity.  The older…

Ode to Warm Water

His home is like a rabbit-burrow, under turf mounds… Today was surprisingly warm for the winter season, and though this meant that most of my paths were pretty well muddied, it was nice being able to refill water troughs with the outside spigot. Frozen water is one of the largest hurdles for us during the…

Christmas Eve (A Muddy Interlude)

Temperatures still hover around 45 degrees here despite being well past the winter solstice. For a few days there was a promise of a white Christmas, but when the day arrived, not a single snowflake materialized. Snow did not fall, but we had a wind storm that took the power down early Christmas Eve. We…