• Finances,  Hearth,  Land,  Simple Living

    Seven Tips for a Debt-Free Homestead

    This past week has been one of looking at finances, playing with spreadsheets, and exploring budget options, which has led me to reflect on our journey to a debt-free homestead and what things I might say to someone looking to follow the same path. None of this is ground-breaking news to anyone, but I hope it could help even just one person with one little aspect on their journey too. Each step brought to you by a Milo photo as our pup doesn’t get nearly enough screen time here as he deserves ❤️ 1. Pay off Existing Debt as Soon as You Can Feels a bit funny to say that…

  • Cattle,  Chooks,  Fauna,  Flora,  Hard Lessons,  Land,  Month in Review,  Permaculture,  Sheep

    A Year in Review 2020-2021

    And just like that, a year has traveled by. My last post was nearly to the day one year ago, and it’s amazing the amount of things that have happened in our lives since. It marked about the time when I started working from home building websites, meaning to be just part time on the side, but as those things tend to do, it demanded ever more. The garden lapsed. Our meals became quicker, less nutritious. My health continued to plummet into the ground, and stress in the household was at an all-time high. It simply wasn’t worth it, and by the end of November I quit. It was such…

  • Fauna,  Flora,  Hard Lessons,  Hearth

    Running the Homestead While Unwell

    Running a homestead can be difficult work at the best of times, but what happens when you fall ill, or something happens where you can’t look after things as you thought you’d be able to? These past few weeks have been a bit quieter on the blog front, because exactly that has happened. Unfortunately, I find myself catching most things that go around. These changing of the seasons have been no different, and have left me somewhat couch-bound — not fun, and not a whole lot happening out on the homestead! That being said, I’ve had a lot of time to sit and think, haha, so here are some of…

  • Flora,  Permaculture,  Veggies

    Bean Harvest – Northeasters & Yin Yangs

    We planted four types of beans in the beginning of February (Northeaster, Christmas Lima, Yin Yang, and Egyptian Brown?? not too positive of the name on the last one there…), and roughly three months later came time for harvest! The Christmas Lima beans never really took off (whether from chickens, birds, or both), and the Egyptian Browns are still in full swing. The Northeasters, and Yin Yangs, however, both seemed to time perfectly! This being our first year of planting, we decided to try a number of different varieties, so we could figure out what works well for the property, as well as what we like! Northeaster Beans Purchased from…

  • Flora,  Permaculture,  Veggies

    Garlic & Onion in the Ground

    With the cooler Autumn weather here comes time to plant out garlic and onions. We’ve had a little bit of experience growing onions before and recently harvested our delicious shallots (perfect for chopping up for a sandwich or two!), but haven’t tried normal onions or garlic before. We’re super hopeful that these all take off as it’ll save us money, and nothing beats organic and fresh! The Garlic Mr BirdCat and I eat a lot of garlic! Nearly every cooked dish has at least some in there…and more often 2-3x the amount the recipe will say. It isn’t unusual for us to go through a whole bulb a week for…

  • Cattle,  Fauna,  Flora,  Fruit,  Hearth,  Month in Review,  Veggies

    April in Review

    Despite COVID lockdowns in place, April has been a deceptively busy month around here! I say deceptively as it doesn’t feel like a lot has happened…until thinking back on the way things have changed for us over the past month and the adventures we’ve had in our very own backyard. The Veggie Patch A much needed fence was installed around the veggie patch to keep the chickens out, and so far its done a wonderful job! We have plans for improving it, but for now it definitely fits the bill. With the fence, we also extended the veggie patch area to make the current rows longer, as well as added…

  • Chooks,  Flora,  Permaculture,  Veggies

    The Veggie Patch

    Despite dabbling with veggies over the last couple of years, it wasn’t until starting our 6m x 6m veggie patch in the beginning of February 2020 (getting on to the end of summer here) that I felt like a real gardener and homesteader. Stay tuned for a post on how we started our veggie patch, but over the past few months we’ve gone from this: To this: The original idea was to have five rotating beds, with them moving along each Spring to help with nutrients and pests. In order, the original five beds were: Fabaceae (Beans, peas), also was planning on putting onions and garlic here?? Have since learned…

  • Back paddock
    Cattle,  Chooks,  Fauna,  Land,  Permaculture,  Sheep

    To Fix a Paddock – Part 1

    Our property here backs onto half an acre of land owned by the local roads jurisdiction, and has been fenced and used by Mr BirdCat’s family for the past twenty years. As long as we maintain it, and don’t plant any trees or permanent structures, we can use it. This is a fantastic benefit! Though the property we are on is an acre and a half itself, Mr BirdCat and I really only have access to a quarter of an acre. By backing onto the paddock, it extends our land to the point where we can manage our own livestock beyond chickens. Just one problem — it has sat out…