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…

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 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…

Wet and Windy Spring Days

The weather here has been changing a lot lately and it seems that spring cannot pick between temperatures in the eighties or the sixties. The last storm that blew through brought this limb down from the Old Man that you can see in the background.  We finally cut this up but it was sad to…

Spring Forward

It feels like spring might finally be arriving soon.  We had snowfall several times last week and the temperatures dropped well below what they should be for this time of year.  Still, as I make my way around the property, it feels like spring is coming.  I am not exactly sure why I have the…