Maple Sugaring – Year 2

Maple Sugaring – Year 2

It seems that whenever we’re waiting for nature to take its course it always chooses to do so at the most inconvenient time. Goat goes into labor just a few hours before Good Friday mass? Yup. Pepper goes into heat the day before Thanksgiving and needs to be bred ASAP amongst pie baking and other things? Yup. Starting a garden when the summer decides to be the monsoon season to end all monsoon seasons? Hoo yeah. So of course, the…

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Rearranging The Dollhouse

Rearranging The Dollhouse

We talk a lot about homesteading and homeschooling, but don’t usually say much about the eponymous Dollhouse. Lately, with winter limiting our outdoor activities we’ve been spending more time indoors.  Which has been a constant reminder of why we’ve nicknamed it a “dollhouse.” Five people in 950 square feet can get a bit…cozy.  But we’ve recently made some changes that have had us all feeling a little better about our space! We started by switching the bedrooms.  The boys have…

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Yes, They ARE Still Here

Yes, They ARE Still Here

The French Angora Rabbits haven’t been featured here on the blog in quite awhile, but I assure you all that yes, they are indeed still here. Our bucks are Olaf & Aesop, junior bucks are Henry & Benny, and our does are Hester, Elinor, Agatha & Laura. (Our pet Netherland Dwarf, Lucy, died last month at the age of 15.) So, we currently own 8 purebred French Angoras. Hester and Aesop are both blowing their coats so I spent the…

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All Around Homestead Update

All Around Homestead Update

It’s been a little while since we’ve been on here last thanks to a stomach bug that ripped through our household last week. Only Rachel made it through unscathed on that one. The boys and I got walloped pretty bad. Daniel was the toughest. Daniel doesn’t have the self awareness the older boys do to get to the bathroom in time, so wherever he happened to be was precisely where he would get sick. Consequently, we put about 2,000 miles…

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Drying Off

Drying Off

Well, the time has come that I’ve been looking forward too with a mix of both relief and disappointment: drying off the goats. Drying off is steadily decreasing a doe’s milk production until the doe is dry. This is done so that the doe’s body is given a period of rest before her kids are born in the spring and to allow her body to recharge before another 10 months of milking commences. It also gives the farmer a bit…

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