Winter Sights on the Homestead 2015

As always, Winter brings both difficulty and opportunity for folks that chose to live a life that is centered on the changing seasons.  Often these are small difficulties but ones that require immediate attention none the less.  How quickly life can spiral out of control when small things are not mended right away.  For country…

Farmsteading – A Season of Snow

With the end of the fall harvest, we had a chance to look back upon 2015 and the fruits of our hard work for our homestead and family.  We had many successes and a few failures, but that happens every year.  The important point to a simpler, more nature oriented life is that you learn…

Harvest Home 2015

“No harvest is had without the seed first being sown..” That quote comes from King Olaf Trygvisson’s Saga and rings most true when harvest season has come and we are in the midst of the fury that is canning and freezing.  As the first seed is dropped into the ground in the spring (usually a very…

Weed-Month 2015

Wéodmónaþ 2015 A glimpse of our homestead during the waning season of summer: One of the triumphs of this growing season was our crop of tomatoes.  Of the 72 seedlings that we started with, nearly all of them made it into the garden despite a faltering start in the greenhouse.  As I noted earlier, the…

Midsummer 2015

Midsummer 2015 became a bountiful month as our hard work during the spring planting began to produce for our family.  Here are a few pictures of the produce that we harvested during Litha: This reflects only 5 of our 30 garden beds so you can imagine the time that it takes to weed and water…

A Year of Seasons has Passed.

“One’s own house is best, small though it be; at home is everyone his own master.   Though he but two goats possess, and a straw-thatched cot, even that is better than begging.” – Havamal A year has passed since the last spring and much has been learned and treasured during that time.  The homestead…