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…

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…

Spring Growth Around the Farmstead

Here on our land it is the time when both planting and growing coincide.  Sprouts have pushed up through the mulch in some gardens while we dig down into dark earth to drop seeds into the layers of others.  It is a busy time but one that I spend all the cold hours of winter…