Falling Leaves Hide the Path

Autumn came to the homestead without much fuss for that is a time of year that we all generally look forward to. Something new for this season’s harvest were drying racks that I crafted for use in the greenhouse.  Here we pulled turnips, stored them in the racks and then shared some of the greens…

Returning to the Victory Garden

Throughout World War II, there was a growing fear that food sources would become scarce in many countries.  To ease pressure on the food supply, a public works campaign was launched to entice patriots to grow their own vegetables at home.  This worked so well that at one point nearly one third of vegetables produced…

Midsummer Celebration 2016

Midsummer Celebration 2016 arrived this year amid what we would consider drought like conditions.  Though the gardens were in full growth, it seemed that we only had three or four good rains since the beginning of June.  Despite these conditions, the miracle of our raised beds seemed to stave off a lot of the damage…

The Importance of Land

As the old birds sing, so do the young ones tweet. The Importance of Land In some respects, I have always lived in the country.  Most of my life has been spent within a rural area and much of that in close proximity to my extended family.  Some of that has changed over the years…

The Month of Three Milkings

In ancient Germania, May was called Thrimilce, or “the month of three milkings.” After the long and cold winters of the frozen north, livestock were often so well fed on fresh spring grass that they could be milked three times a day.  What a change this must have been from the lean months after Fall…

Cold Snaps and Angry Farmers.

The second week of May did not show signs of becoming any more welcoming.  In fact, we suffered a drastic cold snap that sent us scrambling to cover a dozen 4 x 20 garden beds.  This put us in a dire situation for two reasons: first, we did not have enough plastic to cover them…

May Day

May 1st was our first celebration on the homestead of May Day, and though this ancient tradition has many variants, we settled on a quiet afternoon of reading and drinking tea. Dinner was served by candlelight since a late Spring storm began that ushered in several hours of rain.  The thunder was magnificent and added…

The End Draws Nigh (Spring Jubilee)

Sacrificing to the Bees. The end of Spring draws nigh and with it, the fury of work that began in February is drawing to a close.  The work will not completely end, it never does, it only becomes a new kind of work. Much of our time over the last week of Éastermónaþ was spent…

With Hands in the Mud

“And when spring came she fared over Broadfirth and came to a certain ness, and there ate the day-meal; that place is sithence called Daymealness, and there beginneth Midfellstrand ” Late frost and even some light snow arrived during the first few weeks of April and the temperature had been alternating quite wildly.  Despite the…

Release the Hens!

Growth and Fertility blessed the homestead during the Spring of 2016. Chickens were safely allowed to spread their wings once more outside of the confine of the runs and our paddock system was put into full use.  Ducks were finally able to break through the ice of the pond and ushered in the usual season…

The Rebirth of Spring – a snapshot

The wheel of the year turned once more to Spring and with it we came out of our warm hole and began preparation for the new season.  Spring is an important tide for us here on the homestead and it is more than the initial blossoming and continued growth of our physical sustenance – Spring…

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…