It’s been a hub of activity around the homestead here lately. We wrapped up another year of homeschooling, are embracing this “summertime-more relaxed- in a different sorta way schedule”, are working on project after project, the garden is IN (well we’re pondering one more raised bed, just to get it in so it’s ready for next year…we’ll see, the project list for this summer is quite full). I love the raised beds my husband put in! The pool is full, we’ve already been to the river once and I’ve been planning my canning this year, as well as next years homeschool schedule. There is never a dull moment……”idle hands” and all, you know 🙂
My youngest and I planting potatoes a few weeks back. This raised log bed is full of red and russet potatoes now that are growing beautifully!
My youngest is taking on mowing this year…
The chickens are back on duty, some more so than others, apparently.
We decided that we needed to make some changes with the livestock / milk production area of our little homestead, after 7 years of having goats. We just weren’t getting enough milk to make into usable groceries vs cost involved/number of goats. So we sold off the goats, except for one, our little Nubian, Belle– who was born with her front legs very twisted–she’ll always have a home 🙂 We ‘moo-ved’ into cows. Jersey cows to be exact. Meet Miss Bessie, a sweet girl, registered Jersey, due in July to give us another cow….and more milk than I could ever dream of……(I need to get some more pictures of her!)
Here are some better Jersey pictures, Miss Bessie looks very much like the very top one, only wider — there will be more pictures and posts on her and our new dairy adventure! Give a whole new meaning to “say cheese!” and “it’s getting deep around here. ” 😀
We’ve also moved into a new ‘homestead’ with our website– I love the clean new look and design to our sight! I’m still ‘arranging the furniture’ so to speak and figuring out where everything will go– but Anne over at e9designs was SUCH a sweet, professional sister to work with on this– I am so very happy with it. Now I just need to get all my projects done and finish moving in here! I’m reloading everything into the store, but it takes time…hopefully it will be complete sooner rather than later. Especially before the bulk of summer canning starts and before Miss Bessie has her calf and I am drowning in milk!
I hope this finds you and your family enjoying a wonderful summer at your homestead….stop by for some ice cream, PLEASE!