You are here: Home >Archive for March, 2012

Critter Update

Fortunately we have encountered no more rattlesnakes on our little off-grid homestead.  But the guinea-fowl babies (keets) are starting to look like guineas!  Now there are only nine instead of the ten I reported last.  One came with a bad leg, and it was getting worse in spite of our best efforts.  Guineas like to [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Homestead Scenes ~ 7

Our daughter Evenstar brings you Week Seven of Homestead Scenes: ~Bunnies!~  It’s baby season for me right now in the rabbit business. I have a large, lively five-week-old bunch that will be ready for homes in a week, another new litter born last Sunday, and more on the way!    The little kids love to play [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Laundry On the Off-Grid Homestead ~ 3

In the last two posts we’ve focused on the large challenge of doing laundry for eight on our off-grid homestead without a washer or dryer.  If you haven’t already done so, read Part One and Part Two to better understand the following tips about doing laundry by hand, including using a spinner: ~ Use pre-spot on spots [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Laundry On the Off-Grid Homestead ~ 2

In our quest to efficiently do laundry off-grid for a family of eight, we looked into wringers and other options for removing water after washing a large load of laundry.  Our Mobile Washers worked well for washing, and our bucket laundry press squeezed out excess water.  But how could we remove enough water efficiently to allow the [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Laundry On the Off-Grid Homestead ~ 1

How do you do laundry when living off-grid with a limited power budget and water supply?  Laundry is a big deal for a family of eight.  When visiting third world countries we have done laundry in a tub and wrung it out by hand.  But it is very time consuming to keep clothes clean by today’s [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Homestead Scenes ~ 6

Bringing you Week Six of Homestead Scenes: ~Dirty Kids~   Hope you enjoy, and stay clean! Linked w/Frugally Sustainable , Barn Hop, Growing Home, Live Renewed, Our Simple Farm, A Rural Journal, Simple Lives Thursday, My Simple Country Living, Ole’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post, and Seasonal Celebration Sunday.

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Homemade Cottage Cheese and Butter

We recently had a good “problem:”  too much milk.  That is rare with two lactating dairy goats with their kids still on them.  We’ve noticed mama-fed kids are much healthier and grow faster than when bottle-fed with milk replacer.  The kids rarely holler and no time is consumed preparing and washing bottles.  But kids do [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Homestead Scenes ~ 5

Bringing you Week Five of Homestead Scenes: ~Florida Flowers~ Hibiscus   Passionflower   Okra   Malibar Spinach   Black-Eyed Susans   Hibiscus   Orchid   Aloe Vera   Can’t remember the name of these, but I love them!   Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by. Linked w/Frugally Sustainable , Barn Hop, Growing Home, Live Renewed, Our [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Fences and Rattlesnakes on the Homestead

Last week we sold Melody and Harmony, our newest mama goat and her little kid.  Right now milking three goats every morning and evening is more than we wish for while setting up this new homestead.  We sold them, along with sweet little Evenstar (the tiny one of Jody’s triplets) to a young family.  This [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Homestead Scenes ~ 4

Bringing you week four of Homestead Scenes: Slideshow Presentation: Tribute to Misty In honor of our beautiful cat who died this week.   The music is from a recording I made when I was 12 (in 2007).  Hope you enjoy!  Linked w/Frugally Sustainable , Barn Hop, Growing Home, Live Renewed, Our Simple Farm, A Rural Journal, Simple Lives Thursday, My Simple [...]

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Unexpected Guests

For Silver Oak’s birthday I got him what he wanted…a farm jack. Now he is a real farmer! Last week… One uninvited guest was a small black widow spider found by our oldest daughter (Evenstar) in the big white cabinet under the camper canopy where we keep cleaning and pet supplies.  I’ve never seen one [...]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS