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A long overdue update

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!

One of the reasons why I haven't updated the blog in such a long time is that, there really hasn't been much to report this season.  We've had a bit of a challenge the past year with health related issues.  Not to go into details, I'll say that all has been addressed and things are starting to get back to normal.

Because our focus was elsewhere this year, we didn't do very much in the garden or on the building projects.  We did, however, grow the flock with more laying hens this spring.  And, in August, we decided to raise some chickens for butchering.  They are now reaching their ideal weights and we'll be processing them soon.

This is one of the new things I learned how to do, as we wanted to ensure that our birds were handled in the most kind and humane way throughout the entire process.  It certainly wasn't a skill we really wanted to learn, but it was necessary and something we felt to be a very important thing to know how to do for a self sufficient life.

I have to say that the birds that we did butcher (to learn the process) provided us with the best tasting meat we've ever eaten.

I also worked for our neighbour again during harvest and things went really well.  This year, the weather allowed us to start harvest early and continued straight through to early October.  Last year, even though we began in September, the weather changed and delayed us for a  month.  We didn't finish until mid November.

We did have a cold spell there, during the last week of October and first week of November.  But, for the past week and a half, the warm weather returned, giving me a chance to build up our stores of cut firewood.  Hopefully the forecasts will be wrong and we do get a mild winter again this year.

Although, some precipitation of some sort would be beneficial, as the fields are pretty dry right now.  Without some moisture to build up the water table again, it's going to be difficult for the farmers next year to plant and grow their crops.  We'll just have to see what happens and put our worries on to our Lord Jesus's shoulders.

That's about it for now.  Hopefully all who may be reading this have had a happy and bountiful year.

Blessing!

The sun sets on another harvest.

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Alan on :

Good to hear from you David, I was about to drop you an email to see how things were, and I am pleased to hear that you seem to be moving in the right direction. Glad to hear the health issues are sorted.

Will you be thinking about goats again now or are you going to be sticking with chickens for the time being?

All the best to you and Janice.

David on :

Hi, Alan! So nice to hear from you!

We still want to get goats, but we're just not sure when we'll get around to it. Fresh milk is next on our list. We'll just have to see how thing pan out this coming spring.

Now that Janice is feeling better, we can focus on other things. I've been following your blog, as well, and see that you are pretty busy, too. Seems like things are going well.

David.

Howard Salliss on :

Good to know that things have turned around (health wise) We did wonder how you guys are, we missed your blog, but the important thing is that you have been able to stay the course. Anything we do, that is worthwhile in this life, has challenges and takes sacrifice. learning to butcher is not a pleasant task, I know, I had to learn also. But it is a skill that will contribute to homesteading experience. The bible tells us that a righteous man takes care of his animals, and having taken the best care of your birds, made them as comfortable and well doing as possible, that relieves any guilt from harvesting a food source. Good for you David and Janice. God bless you both, stay well, Howie and Eija.

David on :

So nice to hear from you, Howie and Eija!

Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement. Yes, we feel that taking good care of our animals and treating them with kindness is the best way to show our gratitude to our Lord for the blessings He's given to us.

Taking full responsibility for our animals in this way is just the right thing to do, for both us and our animals. It's not pleasant, as you've said, but certainly gives us a greater respect and appreciation for what we are eating.

Blessings to you both!
David and Janice.

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