A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

One Month On The Homestead

We’ve been here one month, now. It’s all sinking in– the reality, the permanence. It’s spectacular. And while the work is hard and plentiful, I remind myself of how much we’ve accomplished. With a toddler at foot (or on my back), here’s what the first month has yielded on the new homestead:

  • We’ve installed and repaired hundreds of feet of fencing. Some will be replaced with wood posts once the auger is here, but the animals are contained and the garden protected.
  • The Chibbit House is complete and working perfectly. The chickens are cooped full-time at the moment, but we plan to let them out during the day once the garden gate is mounted. The rabbits were bred a few weeks ago, though I’m not certain whether it was successful.
  • Sheep were sheared.
  • The geese are fattening up on pasture.
  • Everything on the property has been pruned, mowed, and tidied to a reasonable degree. Wildflowers, lilies, roses, rhododendron, and lamb’s ear are all blooming, now excavated from the brambles.
  • The vegetable garden is fully planted, mulched, and growing– and a complete update on that is to-come. Many plants were late for the season, but we’ll just see what happens. The first row of potatoes, which we planted on one of our trips up months ago, is about ready to be harvested.
  • I’ve thoroughly acquainted myself with the local flora, and we’ve enjoyed foraged food with almost every dinner so far. Yesterday we picked wild strawberries, cherries, and blackberries, but few made it back to the kitchen.

  • We’ve filled our new home with wonderful meals– fresh pasta from our hen’s eggs, half a dozen loaves of delicious bread, smoked ribs, sauteed morels.
  • I’ve fermented a gallon of pineapple weed wine, in the same style as my mint wine.
  • We’ve steeped ourselves in the beauty of this place and begun to know the area better. We’re only a few miles from gorgeous lakes with a comfortable little beach for relaxing and letting our toddler play. In the heat of the afternoon we plod down to our own creek to dip our feet in.

We’ve settled into somewhat of a routine, which is an immense relief to me. I thrive on regularity. I’ve made list after list of projects large and small, and checking each item off has pushed me on to the next and made it all feel possible.

There is plenty I have not done, and an endless amount yet to do. But so far, so good.

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4 Comments

  1. June 17, 2015    

    This post made me smile. It sounds like bliss to me. I know having a toddler at your heels doesn’t always work when you’re trying to get things done but it sounds like you’re doing a great job. I’ve been detaching myself from our current home slowly but surely. We hope to have it on the market in the next couple of weeks. Some days I don’t want to leave and other days I can’t wait for a fresh start. I think once we find a house that I can get excited about I’ll feel better. My mother has to come live with us and I don’t want a typical high ranch. I want something with more charm and I’ve putting it out to the Universe. A big old house with a garage to make an apartment for my mom, please!! : ) Have a great rest of your week!!

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

    • June 17, 2015    

      I’ll be thinking good thoughts for finding a beautiful new home to get excited about, Wendy! I had plenty of sadness for leaving our last home, but now that we’re settled here I am so smitten and happy! I know you’ll feel the same when the time comes! Thanks for reading– you have a great week, too.

  2. June 18, 2015    

    I can just *feel* that cold creek water. Man, I love Fall Creek! Congratulations on making it a month in and accomplishing so much.

    • June 18, 2015    

      We look forward to your visit! The creek awaits!

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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