Of Water Wells and Family Ties

When you buy a house, you hire a home inspector and expect them to know what they’re doing and tell you if you’re in for big trouble down the road. However, don’t be an idiot (like me). Research every single thing on that checklist for yourself. Today, I want to spin the saga of whatContinue reading “Of Water Wells and Family Ties”

The Building of a Brooder Box

Our chickens turned a year old in April, and in my estimation, were well old enough to start brooding out babies. While the breeds we bought were eclectic (Rainbows from Hoovers Hatchery; dominique and black sex link from TSC, and an americana), I had initially purchased them for meat birds with the hope that IContinue reading “The Building of a Brooder Box”

Blackberry Wine Week 3(ish)

We are finally to the taste testing part! After watching something for close to 20 days, I get nervous wanting to make sure it’s not all been a waste. Especially if your fermenting bubbles slow down toward the end like mine have. Week three is the final “adding” step to your wine mixture. After rackingContinue reading “Blackberry Wine Week 3(ish)”

Blackberry Wine -Week 2

What a week! I am so happy that this week’s wine tending was short and sweet. This week was adventurous enough getting through more of the blackberry harvest, jam making, starting to pick the silverberries, and having our first farm calf born (eeekkkkkk!), but today, Toby decided to scare me to death and start limpingContinue reading “Blackberry Wine -Week 2”

Delicious Wild Blackberry Wine – Week 1

I was never a huge fan of wine, the whole dry makes your mouth pucker experience wasn’t for me. Give me juice with alcohol content and I’m good. Last summer, we had a person decide to trespass on the old logging road that cuts across the back side of our property. Said person got hisContinue reading “Delicious Wild Blackberry Wine – Week 1”

How far is far enough?

We treat non-venomous snakes fairly well on the farm. If it is an exceptionally fine specimen, we may catch them and tell them how pretty they are and to go catch a mouse, but that’s really it. And thankfully we’ve only seen one venomous snake. This arrangement worked beautifully until we got chickens. Really, itContinue reading “How far is far enough?”