Tales from the Homestead

The Definition of a Beekeeper

The Definition of a Beekeeper

We are not yet beekeepers.  We are more like "bee putter in boxers."  It was the "keeping" part that gave us trouble. Last week we purchased a package of bees, and with the utmost care and attention, sure that we were following all the sage advice that...

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The Start of a Farm Blog

The sailing adventure is over.  The carefree days of cruising the seas, snorkeling the reefs and wandering the desert are over.  That wistful sojourn of two young newlyweds that spawned this blog, this story of our exploits, has come to its eventual end. And yet we...

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The Birds And The Bees And The Goats

The Birds And The Bees And The Goats

  A quick biology refresher for everyone: We want milk from our goats; To get milk, we must get our does pregnant; To get our does pregnant, we must bring in a buck... Enter Jack.  Or Jack Attack.  Or Jacomo Fina Nay.  He goes by many names.  But he has only one...

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The Week in Photos

The Week in Photos

We've been working non-stop around these parts.  Here are some photos of the homestead from the last week. [juicebox gallery_id="23"] *Email followers will have to view the post here to see photos*

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The Hope That Lives In Black Soil

The Hope That Lives In Black Soil

  Today we broke ground.  I stood with shovel in hand, trying to make out the borders of the long forgotten garden beds, now just gentle hummocks, engulfed by Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens).  I leaned my weight onto the spade and felt a smooth, gratifying...

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Let The Goat Rope Begin

Let The Goat Rope Begin

  We didn't want to rush in, so we waited almost a month.  And we wanted to start small, this being our first foray into mammalian livestock, so we bought Nigerian Dwarf goats (they actually prefer "Nigerian Little People Goats)".  We got a book on raising dairy...

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Feeling Like Home

Feeling Like Home

Wow, we've transformed our new place into a bustling, productive mini-farm in three short weeks.  And what a crazy three weeks it has been!  Less than 48 hours after closing we brought in 7 ducks, quacking and cooing into our lives.  A week later, 7 laying hens, then...

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We’re Finally In

  We apologize for the lack of writing.  What can we say, we've been BUSY!  Our wonderful and amazing farmhouse and 40 acres was an estate sale.  For that reason, it had a few decades worth of legacy in the form of books, tools, trinkets, yard implements and,...

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What If This Deal Falls Through?

We close on our new home tomorrow, and let me tell you how confident we are that the deal's going to go down...We've paid in full for seven ducks and put a deposit down on three goats.  And not from the butcher shop. Kathleen, our current landlord, would be the most...

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Land Ho!

  In sailing terminology "Ready About'' is the command given before the skipper turns and tacks the sailboat.  In the coming week, Mark and I are doing exactly that.  We're preparing to turn this boat towards land, and towards a new home. We're currently hauling...

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The Homestead: Cross Your Fingers For Us

"We should check out this farm house on the outskirts of town." "No way," I said.  "It's 40 acres.  It's way too big, and for that price the house has to be a total rat trap.  It's not even worth our time to drive out there."  I stood by this assessment for weeks in...

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I Think Katie’s Going To Leave Me

  He caught Katie's attention as we drove the back roads of the Skagit valley, and when their eyes locked she slammed on the brakes, caught in the moment despite her loving husband sitting by her side.  She was barely off the road before she had leaped out of the...

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