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…

Pulling Fodder on the Homestead

As part of my long term planning, I can’t help but think about how I would feed my livestock during times of hardship. This is something that every responsible husbandman should do, but I tend to dwell a little longer on the subject because of my interests. I often wonder how my own ancestors kept…

We used to have carrots and pumpkins.

“One for the squirrel, one for the crow, three to come up and two to grow.” In years gone by, this little rhyme must have been taught to kids from an early age as part of the training they would need once the family farm had fallen to the care of the next generation. Thinking…

The Language of Nature

The tide of Summer has deepened and on our homestead we have finally begun to pull more crops than weeds. As the excitement of Midsummer fades into the long, hot days of July, I find myself thinking about nature and what it really means to me and my family. Enthroned on my wicker chair, only…

Waelburges Night Fires Across the Land

May 31 brought the exciting eve of May Day, Waelburges Night, here on our homestead. The evening was cool as we gathered around a table laden with various pieces of lamb and fish and fresh baked potatoes.  For drinks we had our own homemade strawberry punch and a selection of mead and berry wine.  I…

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…

The Estate Greenhouse: First Year Experiment Part 1

Spring 2017 was a season dedicated to new ideas, plenty of experiments and the hope that my ever growing list of projects would finally dwindle to something akin to manageable. Our first great experiment of the year was to sow seeds in the new greenhouse.  Before we could step foot outside, however, I thought it…

Farewell to 2016

The last few months of 2016 brought a close to our harvest season and the coming of the dark time of year.

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 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…