Saturday, July 26, 2014

Extreme Homesteading

So what is extreme homesteading? It's what we're not doing yet, and maybe not ever, that's what it is.

Extreme Homesteading means that we generate all of our electricity and fuel on site. It means that we grow all of our food, from garden produce to grains to meat and eggs. AND it means growing everything that our animals need. It means that we grow flax to make linen (would that mean linen family cloth?), and raise sheep for wool, so that we can make our own clothing. (NOT sure I'll ever achieve either of those!) It means NOT going to the public spring for water because we have safe drinking water on site.

Is it because I'm exhausted that I'm wondering if that's even possible?

Tell me your thoughts on Extreme Homesteading.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Exploring the World

So it's July 3. The nearby internet access site has opened for the summer, so we can get internet fifteen minutes away now. Far better than an hour! (Edit - at the moment, the connection is poor and they won't let us connect our laptop. Hopefully both of those will change.)

The internet company is supposed to come out next week to look into a tower for us. I'm not holding my breath. This has been a lot of "next week". (Edit - they'll be coming July 17)

I have to laugh when I remember that I wrote "We're not letting the chicks out ..." They found a hole under the mini barn, and they're slowly exploring. Today the boys came running to tell me "The chicks are out!" sure enough, a small gaggle of chicks was poking around near the mini barn's door. The minute we got anywhere close, they went scurrying back inside.

It's funny to watch how the hens act around them. I think the hens are a little confused. They stand with their beaks open, staring around at the tiny little chickens, then wander over to the nest and sit down to lay.

Broody #2 (she still doesn't have a name) is happily sitting on thirteen eggs. I kept her just on plastic eggs until she completely stopped laying and started returning to her dark box voluntarily. Then I slipped the real eggs under her on July 1. So around July 20, we should have more chicks. And based on the growth of the big chicks, that should be just about when the big chicks join the main flock.

When I was collecting the eggs, I marked the date on each of them with a permanent marker, and I made sure that none were older than a week, and that they had all been at room temperature until they went under her.

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