Cedar boards coming off the Sawmill

Milling some cedar We have been clearing  some trees from the orchard area and also some from east of the house where we are converting some woods area into some silvopasture.  The orchard area had a variety of hardwoods, oak, hickory, black walnut, wild cherry and some pine  and cedar.  We have been cutting those…

Start of a new year

From mid August 2020 through the end of 2021, the homestead has been in something of a tizzy. While the virus pandemic has been the major focus for much of the world, not so much here.  Kris became ill with what turned out to be a spinal infection which required surgery to clear.  While the…

Weed Free Gardening

Weed Free Gardening We have found the two biggest issues we face with our garden is the weeds and the watering. Much of this is due to all the time we spend on other things.  Being retired you would think we would have time for everything.  But aches, pains, and doctor visits seem to occupy…

Chicken Coop Overview

Chicken Coop overview for November 2019[mk_padding_divider] A look at our coop and run for the Chickens, Geese, Ducks,  Guineas, and Turkey. There is some automation, including WiFi for the coop.  Automatic Door, Automatic interior lights to come on in the early morning hours, brooder lamps, fan for ventilation and more.  Several IP Video cameras with…

Scout vs Ritz

Scout vs Ritz Scout came up to Ritz, the lead duck, in full challenge mode. Ritz did not back down, but turned to face Scout bill to beak. In the blink of an eye, Scout leaps into the air, claws lifted forward in full fighting mode. Ritz, ducked under Scout, bit Scout’s tail feathers and…

Country Wine

Making Country Wine It turns out, making wine at home is not nearly as complicated as many home brewers would have you believe.    The materials and process, as outlined below in the video explain it quite well. We gave this a try with fresh plums, also as shown in the video, since we really like…