A Spread of Green Growth

The summer is winding down and I have to admit that with the cooler weather this year, I had been able to begin (but not complete, of course) many projects that have been on my to-do list for quite some time. We celebrated Midsummer and enjoyed the first great harvests from the gardens.  Our tomatoes…

The Long Nights Cold Draw To A Close

Hrafnkell settled the whole of the valley, bestowing lands on other people, on condition of being their chief; and thus he assumed priesthood over them. As Spring fades away into the summer season, our lazy way of raising chickens has been moving steadily along.  We enjoy taking a natural approach to our flock, providing them…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Clean Coops and Broody Chooks

“…he had hens with him in his journey to the north country, and sold them with his other wares, wherefore was he called Hen Thorir. “ The last four days have brought spring showers that have flooded pastures and knocked down tree limbs all over the homestead.  The storms that moved in produced heavy winds…

Rebirth and Renewel

The last of winter’s snow has finally all melted away.  Activity has begun here at our homestead and with the arrival of spring, we find ourselves falling into the rhythm of a new season. The flock has been freed from their winter lodgings and can now roam over the pastures as they wish.  The chicken…

A River Runs Through It

“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Appareled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now as it hath been of yore;- Turn wheresoe’er I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen…

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…