Category: homesteading

A Ton of Hay and Freezing Rain

These beautifully looked after cows shared their hay with us.. They are the most contented bunch of dairy  cows I have ever met.  And with a huge thank you and sigh of relief we are once more in good shape as far as feed…

Charlotte came home and she is in a right mood!

The day was toddling along like it does.  The new lambs saw their first sun. Though it was still a wee bit chilly. Look at this cheeky baby, lambs just hit the ground running. Whereas kittens hit the ground sleeping.  Then we received the…

How to make a lambs coat and the last view from the coupe for a while.

This is the view out to the East from the tiny house. Our winter sunrise view. However the Kiwi Builder has wrapped it up like fish and chips in the building paper that is emblazoned with the name of a certain big box building…

The Winter Weather of Extreme Dreariness

Ice was clinging to the trees as I went out to milk yesterday morning. Not a lot though and only a little snow.  No-one minded.  There was just enough ice in the trees to fill the air with the noise of … cracking and sliding…

The Goldilocks Windows

Designing and building a tiny self contained house disguised as a wing, with a chicken coop as its influence,  has been both a challenge and a delight.  Of course I am not doing the actual building. I was speaking metaphorically. The Kiwi Builder is…

The difficult answer

What the young people saw yesterday…  “Often. A little bit often”The stories are just as important as the spelling. For the latter; after the children have written their farmy stories (they have a special book) we collect the spelling words, correct them and add…

Lambs: A Photographic Essay

Yesterday had horrible weather.   The wind was so strong and so cold yesterday that a few times I walked backwards from the house to the barn rather than have my face blown off. But thats OK, the Kiwi builder was on the other…

Mama has a surprise for you: FOUR LIVE LAMBS!

You are going to love this.  The photos are terrible.  They were taken last night and Mama will not tolerate the flash. These snapshots, taken within the hour of their birth, under the barn light,  show you really little.  Except that there are four…

Home Made Peanut Butter, Home Made Laundry Powder, a Home Made Life

Home made is my favourite way because the ingredients in anything should be recognisable or at the very least readable. And if I make something myself then I know for sure what I am eating or using.  I just don’t trust store bought. Only…