• Hard Lessons,  Hearth,  Permaculture,  Simple Living

    Pregnant & Overwhelmed on the Homestead

    About two months ago I was at the end of myself and decided to reach out to the folks on the Permies forum which I figured might have a better idea of what I was going through with managing pregnancy and a Permaculture homestead at the same time. This line that I wrote sums it all up quite well: “I really want this homesteading and permaculture thing to work, but just so overwhelmed at the moment with the amount of things to do.” I left the post feeling even more disheartened having everything written out, but it couldn’t have been a better thing for me to do. The amount of…

  • Hearth,  Permaculture

    A Permaculture Pregnancy

    Fresh out of my PDC (Permaculture Design Course), and seven months pregnant, it’s no wonder these two subjects have been taking up my thoughts. When we think of Permaculture, it’s typically in the realms of gardening, land management, and the household. I’ve been curious about applying it to pregnancy as well, and the easiest way for me to do that is to go back to the twelve Permaculture Principles. Principle 1: Observe and interact It’s no surprise that pregnancy changes your body in all sorts of ways. I’ve had quite a rough time of it with most of the symptoms coming my way, but despite the aches and pains, and…

  • 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,  Permaculture,  Sheep

    Lambs on the Homestead

    We never expected to get sheep. Mr BirdCat would say now and then that he wouldn’t mind if we got one as a lawn mower, but that’s about as far as it went. This week, we welcomed two East Friesian ewes home after a three hour drive with them inside the back of our car…. We knew from the start that we’d like a dairy animal, and figured that a cow would fit the bill nicely. The city council here doesn’t allow goats, and we didn’t even consider sheep. It wasn’t until we had problems with our dairy cow, and asked around about the best ways to fix our half…

  • 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…