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Bushcraft Hut for Autumn

We decided that the best way to start autumn would be to practice our bushcraft skills.  We would build a little hut near the firepit where we could lay out a blanket for picnics, storytime, singalongs, or whatever else the kids came up with.  I am writing this very post …

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Happy Spring

Spring is finally here! Here in Maine the temperatures are into the forties and we are shedding our winter coats. The snow is slowly starting to melt and so our road is turning to mud. The sap is running in the Sugar Maples and the 26th is Maine Maple Sunday. …

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Off Grid Date Night

Living off grid, way out in the woods, there aren’t many people around to babysit. Especially since we are fairly new to the area. We rarely are alone without children, there is never quiet around our house. It is not like we are suffering by not being able to get …

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What Happens When You Run Out of Money?

After working so hard all summer and into the fall, we hit winter and started loosing motivation and we ran out of money.  It has worked out just fine though.  We have kept busy with daily chores and a lot of relaxing.  No complaints at all.  I’m getting to the …

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DIY Birdfeeder Ornaments

We made these ornaments to decorate our tree, outside still growing in our yard.  This was the first time we had done this sort of thing, so we are still working on the outdoor decorations.  I am tired of wasting $50 every year to buy a tree that will be …

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First Snow

It is snowing out.  The first snow of the winter on 11-12-13.  I have lived in New England my whole life, and I am still not a big fan of the stuff.  And we just bought our homestead site further north than we are now.  That means likely even more …

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Kitchen Tiles

  For my birthday this year I decided that I wanted the family to give me gifts of creativity. I asked them all to come with me to a local “paint your own pottery” shop.  These shops are wonderful because you can go in and paint a work of art …

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Kids Gardening

My homestead is also the homestead of my two small children.  I think it is extremely important that they both learn gardening along with many other skills as young as possible.  I am having to learn all about permaculture and homesteading as I go which makes it harder to learn. …

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Birdhouses

Since permaculture is also organic we don’t use any chemicals on anything.  This means we need another way to control bugs that bother our garden plants.  Birds eat lots of bugs so we should do our best to make friends with some birds.  I put birdhouses all over my yard. …

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Happy Summer Solstice!

Just wanted to wish you all a happy solstice.  It is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.  This also means that we are halfway to winter, so get off your computer, get outside with your family, and enjoy it to the fullest! (I think …