When you first think of everyday, useful and (at times) critical tools on a farm or homestead, things like a multi-tool, axe, or tractor may come to mind. I never would have thought that a utility cart would fall into this category, but this is something I've come to use and depend upon just about every day of the week.Continue reading "I never thought this tool would be so useful on a homestead"
Yes, it's been a terribly long time since I've posted here. But I thought I'd better give an update as to all that has been going on, here at the homestead, over the past several months. The most important of that being, yes, we are still here and doing well!Continue reading "A long overdue update"
Sad news at the homestead today. Today we had to put down our kitty, Boo. We got him back in 2004, when he was six months old. Next week would have been his thirteenth birthday.
We will miss Boo very much, but we know that our Lord, Jesus Christ, will be caring for his spirit until we can be reunited with him on Judgement Day.
Continue reading "Goodbye for now, Boo"
Since 2008, I've been sharing photos on the social media website called ipernity. It's the only social media site that I use for sharing things, like photos and my blog. But, last year, I set-up a new blog, here at www.virtualskyhomestead.com, because there was talk that there was a very real possibility that ipernity would be shutting down.Continue reading "New gallery launched, pending ipernity closure"
Since moving out to live on the homestead, I've learned how to build a lot of things. But, this is the first time I ever built my own 35mm film, twin lens reflex (a.k.a. TLR) camera from a bunch of plastic parts. This was a DIY camera kit, from Fotodiox, which Janice gave me as a Christmas gift this past holiday.Continue reading "Built my own 35mm camera"
I'm going into my third year raising chickens, and I can say, without a doubt, that these remarkable animals are more intelligent than we are typically lead to believe. I spend a lot of time with my flock and it amazed me to witness the unique personalities and mannerisms each of my birds possessed. So, it was not a surprise to me to read this study and it's conclusions.Continue reading "Study shows chicken's intelligence to be quite complex"
Self sufficiency has been something my wife and I have been working towards for several years, now. Our adventure began in 2009, after the 2008 economic crisis, eventually leading us to living on our own homestead, raising our own animals and growing our own food. Some people still wonder why we'd make such a drastic change to our lifestyle and if it really is worth all this effort. Well, from the sounds of this article, I'd say, with extreme prejudice, yes it is.Continue reading "The chicken that laid golden eggs"
At first, it appeared as though autumn came to a screeching halt, when we hit October, and was faced with a prolonged winter. But, suddenly and out of no-where, when we made it to November, the sun came back and has been keeping us in the mid-teens all week. And, as the forecast looks today, we have another wonderful week ahead of us! Thank you Lord!Continue reading "Thank you Lord for the bountiful harvest"
This past Friday, my new Lomography Lomo'Instant camera arrived and I was able to spend a little bit of time this weekend, giving it a test run. These are my initial thoughts about this little instant film camera.Continue reading "My first impressions of the Lomo'Instant camera"
In the past few weeks, the number of young hens, which we hatched out earlier this spring, have been on the rise. It's really fun, at least for me, to go into the chicken coop in the morning to see a tiny egg sitting in the nesting box.Continue reading "Egg production is on the rise"
The weather forecast said that the area was in for some heavy rains and a chance of snow. Unfortunately, they didn't seem to emphasize how well of a chance of snow that was, nor how much was actually on it's way. Although we're not without means of getting off the homestead if we really needed to, as far as we're concerned, we're snowed in for a few days.Continue reading "The importance of being prepared"
It's certainly been a while since my last blog entry, but yes, we're still here and doing well. It's certainly been a busy summer and it's turing out to be a busy fall, as well. I haven't had much time or energy to spend on the computer. But, we've gotten a few days of rain, so now I've got some time on my hands to update our (few) blog readers on what's been happening, out here on the homestead.Continue reading "Yup, we're still here!"
We've had an interesting, if not challenging, start to the gardening season this year. At first, we thought that it would be a very dry growing season, as there was very little snow on the ground when the melting began and March really wasn't brining much moisture with it. However, as the first week of summer approached, things changed.Continue reading "Wind and rain, with a chance of more wind and rain"
Last week we had a very abrupt change in the weather. From a week or two of cool rainy weather, we got surprised by a week of very warm, humid weather. Although it made for some very uncomfortable days, working out in the garden, it really did the plants a lot of good.Continue reading "The garden springs forth"