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Homesteading: The Modern Art of Finding Land, Part I

For the links to videos describing how to buy land in the modern era of the 2010’s, scroll to the bottom.  The earlier stuff here is how I came across my homestead back in the early days of the Internet. … Continue reading

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Homesteading: About Those Winter-Frozen Eggs!

For those of us who live in higher latitudes, or up in mountains, one feature of life is a few eggs we can’t collect from our coops in time that freeze.  Typically, they will exhibit a wide crack down the … Continue reading

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Trekking to Semi-Distant Chickens and Poultry in Winter, Zone 5 or Thereabouts

Note:  This post is a re-blogging of an older post (January 2019), with some edits from as I developed more experience, from those older days.    The location of my hen houses are perfect for most the months of the … Continue reading

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Happy New Years!

Welcome to 2022!  Let’s hope this year works out better than the last couple of them.  Not that there hasn’t been good days and moments and events in the last two years, but overall, there was a level of distress … Continue reading

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Coturnix a la Española: Adaptation of a Spanish-Style Quail Recipe, circa 1898

Contains: Gluten/wheat, eggs. Is: Probably extremely “retro”. You can use gluten-free bread  for the breadcrumbs, if desired. A 19th-century recipe from California for Codornices a la española (Spanish-style quail) was prepared by stuffing quails with a mixture of mushroom, green onion, parsley, butter, lemon … Continue reading

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Homesteading in August, Here at Zone 5

June was the month of drought and too much heat (at least for my New England sensibilities).  July was the month of rain, including quite a few good soakers.  (There was one good gully washer that took people’s gravel into … Continue reading

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Homesteading in June, Here at Zone 5

Animal, Mineral and Vegetable…. Four-legged friends:  At the moment, there’s just Serenity the 19 and a half year old ragdoll cat.  It is not fair to her to bring in another cat (although she has a history of getting along … Continue reading

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Spring Homesteading Plans, 2021

Or, The Annals of Future Food! We had six inches of snow by late morning, Friday 4/16.  Most melted by Saturday; it was all gone by Sunday morning. It is the time of year that if and when it does … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Time – Stage 2, Sap into Syrup for Beginners & Small Scale Tapping

During this first year, I’ve learned most maple syrup folks decide to boil down their sap outdoors, or in dedicated sugar houses/huts.  This should be done at the outset – the humidity released is not really good at these levels … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Time – Stage 1, Collecting Sap

Yes, the sap is running!   (And yes, for some of you in lower latitudes and elevations, the sap has finished running this year.) This is a first-year experience for me – I did try on one tree last year but … Continue reading

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