We love living in the country, on our little homestead, living as close to the land as our ancestors did. Sure, we have electricity, running water and most modern conveniences but we still work the land, tend to our livestock and grow most of our own food.
Homesteading can be much work, but when it comes to the end of the day and you are bone tired you feel good knowing you have put in a good wholesome days work.
Here is peek into a day in our life as homesteaders.
Our day started with Henry our rooster meeting us at the door for his morning treat.
Morning chores start with feeding and watering our meat rabbits.
Bacon and ham were waiting for breakfast.
The pig pen was in need of a good cleaning.
A walk through the fields to check on the corn crop.
The meat chickens were all fed and watered for the day.
The hen house was full of the morning layers.
A couple loads of laundry made it to the line to dry in the bright sunshine.
I finally found heavy duty clothespins.
I’ve been line drying clothes for years, and have gone through many different styles of clothespins. From plastic, to peg, to cheaply made China pins, and no matter which ones I bought, I never could find any heavy duty clothespins that would hold up to the wind we get here on the farm. My clothes would always end up on the ground. Since I was introduced to these hand-made heavy duty clothes pins I don’t have to worry about anything ending up on the ground!
A nice walk through the woods to check on the back deer plot.
Seedlings started to replace some we lost due to cold weather.
I took some time to stop and enjoy the butterflies that were taking advantage of some spring flowers.
Checked on the bee hives and are happy to see them bringing pollen back to the hives.
Trimmed old stocks out of the blackberry patches.
Made a batch of strawberry jam.
Baked a chocolate cake for dinner.
Strung up the peas in the garden.
Planted a second harvest of corn.
Had a special visit from our granddaughter and she got to do her favorite job…gather eggs.
She even got to help with evening chores.
From our homestead to yours…enjoy your life whereever you live.
Love this! I miss growing up on our farm. My parents still live there, but I’ve grown accustomed to living in the city. We visit frequently but it’s never long enough. Thanks for your beautiful photos!
I am glad I could bring you back to your parents farm…aren’t memories nice?
That is a beautiful rooster!
That is Henry and we try to keep the mean streak out of him by hand feeding him. We have learned over the years that if we rasie them to eat out of our hands they are less likely to be mean to our grandchildren.
I don’t think we’ll ever get to quite this point here on our little acre in Alaska, but I’m enjoying working towards it! We just cleared over half our land for a new greenhouse and garden, we’re getting our first chickens soon, and hopefully goats and a pig or two next year! Love seeing your day! Found you on the Heritage Homesteaders blog hop.
I tend to think homesteading is a piece of mind no matter where you live. It can be in the city or in the country…it is all in your attitude. Sounds like you are making your little piece of the world your homestead!
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Kathi! That is wonderful and thank you so much!
This is just wonderful! Thank you for sharing your day with us. I can’t wait until we are able to live on our homestead full time.
I am glad you enjoyed seeing what a day looks like here on our little farm. It was a dream of ours for many years so keep dreaming your dream and it will come true.
I am so glad I found you Tracy. I have enjoyed so much reading about your life which is very much like mine and my husband. I do have one question. The children are all gone now so its just me and him. I love making our own bread but its so hard now with just the two of us. Do you have any suggestions?
I am so happy you found me! Our children are all grown and it is just hubby and I as well. I know what you mean about making bread for just two! I have cut bread recipes in half and made just one loaf at a time. One loaf is usually enough for us for a whole week. I have also had luck with making the full recipe and freezing one loaf as dough. I make the bread and after the first time it rises and after you punch it down and divide it take one loaf and wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it. When I want to use the second loaf I take it out of the freezer in the morning and put it in a greased bread pan. By supper time it has thawed and rose the second time and can be baked as normal. Thanks for visiting and please come back.
Thank you so much Tracy for your help!! Just wanted to share something with you. It really amazes me how some people think my life is crazy. I have a sister that thinks I make more work for myself. We had a long conversation about this just the other day. She said with all the technology and conveniences we have in the 21rst century, why would I want to do things “the old fashion way”. It made me laugh because if she and others only new how real simple living is they would be amazed. Sometimes with no children at home, I struggle to keep busy but I can always pick up my crochet or think about trying my hand at making a quilt. We are so blessed to have this kind of life.
I understand! I have been told that I am crazy and why would I want to live like this when there are so many modern conveniences to make my life simple. I just smile and say I love my life just the way it is and would not want to change it all.