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Rabbits are freaking pretty, man. I don't even see "cute" usually, so much as pretty. The colors of that black otter on ...
07/29/2022

Rabbits are freaking pretty, man. I don't even see "cute" usually, so much as pretty. The colors of that black otter on the left just tickle me. ❤️ 🐰

Good morning from Summer, Solstice and Apollo! Born yesterday evening around 5:30 pm.
06/22/2022

Good morning from Summer, Solstice and Apollo! Born yesterday evening around 5:30 pm.

06/13/2022
Summertime Piggy

Remember to water your piggie daily for maximum growth. ❤️

Is there more important work to be done? Yes...But this fun little rainy day activity had been being put on hold for mon...
05/19/2022

Is there more important work to be done? Yes...
But this fun little rainy day activity had been being put on hold for months. Plus it's nearly summer and my skin is already getting parched, so lotion bars for the win.
Oh and yes, they smell as good as they look.

The apple has taken a prominent place in world folklore, including Greek, Chinese, Norse, Celtic, Breton, and Baltic cul...
05/10/2022

The apple has taken a prominent place in world folklore, including Greek, Chinese, Norse, Celtic, Breton, and Baltic cultures, with sacred significance dating all the way back to 8,000 BC. It is often associated with love, health, abundance, magic, paradise, and knowledge.

It's no surprise that the simple beauty of apple blossoms evokes a feeling of joy and hope. Our Pink Lady and Honey Crisp trees look, smell, and make us feel just wonderful.
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It's been almost a year since we lost our sweet Simon, a toulouse gosling who met with a freak accident so unfortunate, ...
05/09/2022

It's been almost a year since we lost our sweet Simon, a toulouse gosling who met with a freak accident so unfortunate, I have not even been able to speak about it. My heart broke hard that day and sometimes I still cry about it.
For Mother's Day, they brought me home this little darling, an Embden gosling. He's not Simon, he's not even a toulouse, but I already love him so much. His little peeps, his soft tummy, and how much he likes being my buddy.
Geese really are friendlier than ducks, that's a hill I'll die on.
Welcome home, little goosie baby. 😍

There are few things a lovely as a pig on a green pasture, and our boar, Notorious P.I.G, hasn't much to do since his wi...
05/01/2022

There are few things a lovely as a pig on a green pasture, and our boar, Notorious P.I.G, hasn't much to do since his wife moved over to Labor & Delivery, so we entertained him with an evening photo shoot.

Little Farm homemade salted nut butter with a lovely homemade cherry jam gifted to us from a friend. It's goooooood.
04/29/2022

Little Farm homemade salted nut butter with a lovely homemade cherry jam gifted to us from a friend.
It's goooooood.

Ralph and Maaa are getting ready to drop the hottest mix tape of 2022. What's the name of their band and album?
04/26/2022

Ralph and Maaa are getting ready to drop the hottest mix tape of 2022. What's the name of their band and album?

She didn't want a bath.
04/25/2022

She didn't want a bath.

04/25/2022

Piglet live cam.
Sleeping
Eating
Little Oinks
Playing
Zoomies
More sleeping

Skip around to find your pig serotonin vibe and enjoy!

04/24/2022

Piglet cam! 🥰 Happy weekend, y'all!

Our fun family project today included learning about top, middle and base notes in fragrance and blending our own perfum...
04/22/2022

Our fun family project today included learning about top, middle and base notes in fragrance and blending our own perfume oil blends from natural essential oils. Many of our family projects focus on learning about food and medicine, so a "just for fun" project was refreshing and low-pressure. We experimented with different scent profiles and came up with delicious and most importantly, safe and natural therapeutic fragrance blends. Pictured below are:
Dust in the Wind
Good Day Sunshine
Ramblin' Rose
Dreamland Express

Not pictured:
Mother Nature's Son

Welcoming new babies is definitely one of the most exciting and blessed moments here on the homestead. Three days ago,  ...
04/21/2022

Welcoming new babies is definitely one of the most exciting and blessed moments here on the homestead. Three days ago, our sweet Piggy Jean kept us up all night giving birth to 13 beautiful babies. This was our first time trying our hands at pig farrowing and while Little Mama read every book she could find on the topic, we are immensely thankful for the advice and guidance of a few experienced friends.

A long nature walk on the property is always fun for finding things, like this 1956 Buick Super. I wish I knew the story...
04/09/2022

A long nature walk on the property is always fun for finding things, like this 1956 Buick Super. I wish I knew the story behind this and how it got upside down in a ravine on our farm.

Beautiful photos by Mandy Robbins

Stopped over at The Goad Life to see if they had any extra goat milk I could buy for Bootsie. There really is something ...
04/02/2022

Stopped over at The Goad Life to see if they had any extra goat milk I could buy for Bootsie.
There really is something special about the homestead community. The Goad's farm didn't actually have EXTRA milk, this is the milk they drink daily and feed their family with, but because they care about animals and their fellow homesteaders, they sold me today's milk for Bootsie even though it means their family has less milk today.
I feel really thankful for my farmy friends and the wonderful rural community. Time to go give Boots his bottle!

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Ralph just loves his pile of hay so much, he's gonna snuggle in it for a while. Look at that loooong wool! He's right si...
04/02/2022

Ralph just loves his pile of hay so much, he's gonna snuggle in it for a while.

Look at that loooong wool! He's right sick of it. He tries to scratch at himself with his horns, which not only makes him look ridiculous while he's doing it, but he has also pulled out some patches of wool on the sides.
I think I'm looking forward to shearing day as much as he is.

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Turkey eggs! Time to start incubation!
03/30/2022

Turkey eggs!
Time to start incubation!

03/30/2022

Benefits of moving to the forest to be a homestead hermit

1. No fake friends. Just real friends (the only ones who will drive the hour to the country to visit your farm)

2. Lots of water buckets to haul, so you don't need a gym membership.

3. Requirements: several chickens, at least one goat, multiple pairs of boots, general disdain for the human race, some overalls

4. Increased likelihood of fairy and frog encounters.

5. Effortless windswept and sun-kissed look

6. Free food

Foster ducks
03/29/2022

Foster ducks

These homemade citrus and lemongrass reusable sanitizing wipes smell INCREDIBLE and cost pennies on the dollar compared ...
03/22/2022

These homemade citrus and lemongrass reusable sanitizing wipes smell INCREDIBLE and cost pennies on the dollar compared to commercial wipes. Plus they're sustainable and don't contain any shady chemicals.
The formula quickly and easily whisked away the grease off my stove and pasta sauce off the side of my fridge (don't ask!).

Make your own with
Rags or cheap washcloths
2 cups water
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
20-25 drops essential oil
I chose oils that have natural disinfecting properties, like lemongrass, lemon and orange, and I'm definitely making lemon-lavender next!
To use: wring out into jar and wipe! For heavy cleaning, wash wipes before returning them to the jar. For lightly soiled wipes, rinse well and return to jar.
Make new formula when it gets cloudy or as needed/desired.

03/20/2022

We stopped by to visit our friends at Dancing Goat Farm Orwell to pick up some delicious goat milk for Bootsy, and got the pleasure of hanging out with this handsome fella. His name is Trampus and he loves scratches.

They have a really cool setup over there and it has definitely inspired some ideas for our Little Farm, and we learning so much just by talking to them! So thankful for our friends at Dancing Goat for being so kind and welcoming. 🥰

Today the day and night, the dark and the light, are of equal time. Equinox. Ostara. Spring. However you choose to celeb...
03/20/2022

Today the day and night, the dark and the light, are of equal time. Equinox. Ostara. Spring. However you choose to celebrate the season, may it be a blessed one for you.

Welcome, Spring! My heart is full of joy.

(Note: Artist of this beautiful image is unknown. If anyone knows who the artist is, please let us know so we can credit them! It looks like Josephine Wall's work but we were unable to confirm that.)

A little Piggy Jean for your weekend.  She's still so much bigger than Notorious P.I.G, so she may need to be artificial...
03/19/2022

A little Piggy Jean for your weekend.
She's still so much bigger than Notorious P.I.G, so she may need to be artificially inseminated if we want fresh pork this fall.

These two are currently pasturing in the orchard space, tilling and turning up the hard soil and eating all the brush roots before they can grow. Just look at the difference in the land after only a week in that spot.

Pigs are very useful.

03/15/2022

Welcome home, Bootsy!

SEASONAL DEPRESSION ENDS TONIGHT! Enjoy the longer days and the promise of warm weather. If anyone still uses clocks, do...
03/13/2022

SEASONAL DEPRESSION ENDS TONIGHT!
Enjoy the longer days and the promise of warm weather. If anyone still uses clocks, don't forget to set them forward before bed tonight.

03/12/2022

❤ New baby coming soon! ❤
Just a couple days!

Piggy Jean and Notorious P.I.G did such a great job of clearing the acreage behind the barn that we decided to put them ...
03/09/2022

Piggy Jean and Notorious P.I.G did such a great job of clearing the acreage behind the barn that we decided to put them to work in the orchard space. The fellas put together a quick a-frame shelter for the piggies, and we walked both pigs across a partially open field, past the garden shed, through the paddock and out to the orchard. As the last of the snow thaws, they will dig and till up the soil, eating and killing all the roots and brush, thus helping to prepare the soil for our new fruit trees. They will even remove the rocks for us! Did you know pigs collect rocks? They make piles.

Fun Pig Fact: the Three Little Pigs is mostly true! Pigs do build their own houses. If given a bale of straw they burrow under to make their house out of straw. Same goes for sticks, and yes if given the opportunity they will even try to burrow under rocks or bricks!

I always heard it was really hard to give medicine to a cat but I think our barn cat, Teaspoon, is the most easy going a...
03/01/2022

I always heard it was really hard to give medicine to a cat but I think our barn cat, Teaspoon, is the most easy going animal ever when it comes to medicine.
I just sprinkled her dose on top of a single cube of wet dog food and she eats it with no problem at all.

Teaspoon was an abandoned kitty who made her way to our little farm just in time to give birth to 6 kittens last summer. She quickly became a farm friend and she's always happy to greet us when we come out in the morning. She lives in a carpet lined cat house in our barn with her daughters, Tipper and Tupper.
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Daylight savings is in 2 weeks! Egg production will increase more and more as the days get longer, and decrease again co...
02/26/2022

Daylight savings is in 2 weeks! Egg production will increase more and more as the days get longer, and decrease again come fall. Last year our flock laid over 3,600 delicious rainbow eggs.

Chicken Fun Fact:
Chickens have full-spectrum color vision, just like humans. They peck at the color red, which is why many chicken feeders and water founts on the market have red plastic trays. This also means they will compulsively peck at wounds or injuries. For that reason, many chicken keepers cover chicken owies with blue ointment.

When one of your besties comes for a farm day and crochets up a couple winter hats for your bantams in like, 12 seconds ...
02/25/2022

When one of your besties comes for a farm day and crochets up a couple winter hats for your bantams in like, 12 seconds flat.

Happy Snowy Friday, friends!

This was possibly one of the most satisfying start to finish farm projects we've done yet. This massive turkey breast is...
02/20/2022

This was possibly one of the most satisfying start to finish farm projects we've done yet. This massive turkey breast is one from our own birds, lived its whole life here on our little homestead. Our family raised, slaughtered, cleaned, butchered, roasted, sliced and packed this meat ourselves. This one breast filled a 9x13 roasting pan and, once cooked, cooled and sliced, yielded nearly 8 lbs of healthy, humanely raised, free range lunch meat. Fresh, home-raised meat tastes more delicious than anything the grocery store deli can ever sell. I only wish I took photos of the beautiful sandwiches we just ate.

I weighed out sandwich servings and separated with wax paper for quick and easy morning lunch-making. I packed 6 servings per package, vacuum sealed, threw a few packs in the freezer and a couple in the fridge.

01/30/2022
It already smells so healthy and delicious. Similar versions of this Fire Cider (also known as Master Tonic and Four The...
01/29/2022

It already smells so healthy and delicious. Similar versions of this Fire Cider (also known as Master Tonic and Four Theives Vinegar) have been used for many centuries to boost immune function, digestion, circulation and help ward off illness. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory, with recipes for oxymels like this one dating back to Hippocrates.

"They don't want people living out in the boonies.  Anyone who has a couple acres of land and their own water supply.......
01/25/2022

"They don't want people living out in the boonies. Anyone who has a couple acres of land and their own water supply.... that sort of thing... people who have a couple of sheep or some chickens, these people are a theat because they're not going to go to the politicians and say please feed me, please clothe me, please give me shelter. They tend to be independent..... They want people out of the "country".... they want corporations out there growing all the food and that kind of thing but they really don't want people living out there because that way they cannot be controlled. In order to control mankind they need to get them all out into the big cities. They want to rack em up and stack em up and make them dependent on the state for their food."
Author unknown

It's like a little banana bread army.
01/25/2022

It's like a little banana bread army.

20 lbs of locally grown apples can only mean one thing.
01/23/2022

20 lbs of locally grown apples can only mean one thing.

Them: omg I want a farm too!Them: omg I am so jealous!Them: omg can I come live with you?Ummmm... yall sure about that? ...
01/22/2022

Them: omg I want a farm too!
Them: omg I am so jealous!
Them: omg can I come live with you?

Ummmm... yall sure about that? Because we gotta go outside in this.

Happy freezing Saturday everyone.

Man. Winter sucks. The animals can't range or forage. I look at the feed bill and I think: please don't be really high.
01/22/2022

Man. Winter sucks. The animals can't range or forage. I look at the feed bill and I think: please don't be really high.

Papa Little found almost 7 lbs of bananas for only a couple bucks. I made 18 mini loaves of banana bread with different ...
01/21/2022

Papa Little found almost 7 lbs of bananas for only a couple bucks. I made 18 mini loaves of banana bread with different add-ins, 2 full size loaves, and several trays of banana chips. In photo: honey cinnamon banana chips. Dehydrating is such a fun way of preserving food!
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