Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thoughts of gardening, beekeeping and maple syrup making

Well folks, the months have once again slipped by. We are now turning our attention to the joys of gardening and what we will plant this year. The garden will remain small as the soil is poor and lacking many nutrients so we will need to put Mookie's dung to work!
We are turning our hand to bee keeping this year and we will be purchasing our first hive at the end of February.
Another new to us project will be the tapping of our many Maple and Birch tree's. We have quite a few on the property so we are hopeful that we can make some wine and syrup.
Exciting times ahead so stay tuned!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Homemade Butter

At first Mookie did not seem to be giving much milk, I was barely getting two cups a day. After adding some loose minerals, some dairy ration to her normal hay ration she is providing about a quart give or take twice a day. We wasted no time in separating the cream from the milk and made fresh butter. The jar method was fun for the children but a butter churn would make easier work for sore arms, shake shake shake!



Back in action!

Well what can I say, it has been sometime since I blogged! Things have moved on here quite a bit since my last post. It is now December 1st, I cannot quite believe it.
Back in July we purchased a Dexter cow and calf called Mookie. The plan was to start milking Mookie as soon as I had built a suitable calf pen and milking area in the barn. Unfortunately it was mid November before I realized that her calf now 5 months old was way to big for the calf pen. The calf being a beef cross was no good for future milking so she was sold two weeks ago to a good home.
Since then I have milked Mookie twice a day and we are enjoying fresh milk, cream nd butter. I plan to make cheese when I get some supplies.


Enjoying the hay

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beautiful bounty of bees

I am in awe of how beautifully adundant the wildlife is here. There is so much to see and take in, from little to large. It is one healthy and thriving ecosystem right in our own backyard!
Recently I went to see how my newly planted bushes were getting on and noticed the volume not only in bodies of bees but the volume of the loud buzzing they made whilst visiting the bush at the front of our house.
It makes me super excited about the prospect of our own bee's next Spring!





Nature is so beautiful :) We should cherish every moment.

Tightening the purse strings

Since our move we have come to realize just how much we benefited from growing our own garden and raising our own meat. I cannot fathom how one free range chicken can cost $25. Prices like this have shocked us, it has meant that our purse strings and budget have been working hard! Luckily, I am no stranger in feeding my family healthy and economically.
This was our latest meal, two days worth of leftovers which included a bit of pork chop, some homemade macaroni cheese with beans and roasted vegetables. I added some additional mushrooms, onion and garlic to the dish. Then, some mild curry paste and a couple of tablespoons of yogurt were added. Served on a nice thick piece of homemade brown bread.


Filling and Frugal

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Apples, apples and apples

Hear on the farm we are having a run on fallen apples. Most unfortunately have been eaten by ants, apple worms or wasps and not fit for use. These I am sure will appeal to the local bunch of apple eating deer. They are not fussy about what their apples look or taste like.
With somewhere around eight or nine apple trees around we are collecting the best of the best to make appley delights.
Today, we made these simple, rustic and beautiful apple pies. The two smaller pies were made by the two youngest children, one of which wanted a handful of wild picked blueberries in there too!






The apples were cut into chunks and the larger pie was sprinkled with dark sugar before baking, yummy :)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The latest feathery additions

Our poultry numbers are on the increase with the addition of 20 meat chicks and 10 guinea fowl keets. A couple of meat chick hens will no doubt be added to out heritage layer flock for future production but the rest, well, lets say they will have a happy life for a short while.
The guinea fowl will willingly gobble up the ticks, pesky mosquitoes and anything else that crosses their path. They bring much joy to our new homestead :)


Peeking Guinea!