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Moving 50 Animals 600 Miles

Moving 50 Animals 600 Miles

We made it! We are officially here permanently. I can’t say that it feels so final in my mind– rather, the days are rushing by as if again approaching the long return trip to California. Without a set routine and with such a seemingly insurmountable to-do list, the past week has been a blur. The process […]

The Rabbit & Chicken House

The Rabbit & Chicken House

We currently have about twenty chickens including two roosters and two broody hens that cannot be deterred from setting. Since for the past several years we’ve had the unique circumstance of urban acreage, there have been no predators aside from the occasional raptor from which to protect them. They simply roam free and roost in the rafters of […]

My Dad’s Dog

My Dad’s Dog

Gathering Nettles With Help

Gathering Nettles With Help

Our crop of stinging nettles has grown exponentially over the past few years, and we covet the bounty. We picked a pound or so today for a batch of nettle wine (recipe to come; same basic procedure as with mint wine) with some extra to dehydrate for tea. Any work in the barnyard brings a […]

The Kitchen Floor

The Kitchen Floor

We spend a lot of time on the kitchen floor. When Suzanna started crawling, we barricaded off an area with chairs and padded the floor with colorful spongey squares. When she started climbing the chairs, we replaced them with baby gates. She soon began moving the plastic fences and slipping around them, so they too went […]

Feeding The Chickens

Feeding The Chickens

The Watcher

The Watcher

Our Camel

Our Camel

My husband neglected to consult me on this one. When a member of the church next-door asked if we would host a camel for a few days so that she could be walked over to appear in the Christmas nativity play each evening, my husband could hardly agree quickly enough. No phone numbers were exchanged. […]

Dairy Sheep

Dairy Sheep

After giving serious consideration to factoring one or more milk goats into our homestead operation, and chatting with a friend about the thought, my inclination is now leaning in a different direction, one so often overlooked: dairy sheep. The idea might seem strange to Americans, although sheep milk is produced abundantly around the world and […]

The Pleasure and Utility of Goats

The Pleasure and Utility of Goats

I’ve had goats for all but short periods of my life. On the farm where I was raised, we had pygmies, which I must admit I am not fond of: noisy, cantankerous, and quite useless except for show, in my experience (please do correct me if I’m missing something!). When I was ten or eleven, […]

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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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