new arrivals!

Ye Ol’ Homestead has recently acquired an influx of new livestock! Of course we couldn’t be more excited. Not only were we gifted with a new dairy goat (whose milk we find we love), but our pork on the hoof has arrived as well!

5 little piggies! Is it bad that the first thing I thought when they arrived was, “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home…?”  Just a little insight as to what a dork I am in real life 😉

The pigs arrived late this year because we got behind in setting up the new location for the pig pen and my dad, the man who takes care of them, got very inventive in the process. So even though we have late pigs, they have a pretty sweet spread; pallet fencing, equal opportunity trough and water feeding (hopefully no more slop fights), and even – yes believe it – a shower for those unbearably hot days (pigs don’t sweat)!

As for our new goat, she is very sweet toward us, and very good in the stand. However, she definitely asserts her dominance with the other goats. She was the queen of the herd we got her from, and she’s making it known here that she will be the queen of the herd wherever she goes! Belle is so sweet and submissive that I don’t think it will take long for them to establish their pecking order.

Her markings and coloring terrify me. She looks at me and I have to remind myself to not discriminate. Just because she looks like a demon doesn’t mean she is one!

And Piper likes to keep her distance !

In other news: Hipster Homesteading now has it’s own Facebook Page! You can link to it in the sidebar on the right —->

while I was away

Hello Monday!

We got my computer this weekend, and being able to blog again really feels like having an old friend back.

Here are some things you’ve missed while I’ve been away!

Our garden has taken off! If you ask him, Joe will tell you that it’s not much, but this garden is quite substantial in comparison to what we’ve had in the past few years. Currently we have growing :

  • Indian corn (good for cornmeal!)
  • wheat
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • peas
  • beans
  • lettuce
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • brussel sprouts
  • eggplant
  • summer squash
  • cuccumber
  • 2 different varieties of melon
  • huckelberry
  • parsnip
  • a variety of different herbs

Today we got a new goat, Rosie May, who is currently still in milk! So starting this evening we will be milking 2 goats at once!

I feel enormously blessed in the goat department. From our point of view, Joe and I feel so under prepared and ill equipped to raise these beautiful and generous animals. Over the past year, we lost two goats. One was an unexpected and strange death, and the other was lost to sickness last month. We felt like terrible goat owners for not knowing enough to catch it in time. However, we have been blessed with generous friends who were willing to bless us with replacement goats for the 2 we lost, and we have been plunged into the world of milking!

I have found milking to be one of the most soothing things for me to do. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I do. Our new mother, Belle, is a little feisty in the stand, and we’ve lost a couple of pails of milk due to her either kicking or planting her foot in the bucket, but I have learned to just keep a watch out for the hoof and be faster than her in pulling the pail away. Aside from that, she and her kid are very very sweet.

This month Piper:

  • started walking!
  • got to go to her first parade for the 4th! She was absolutely fascinated by all the sirens, cars, and marching bands.
  • turned 1-year-old last week! She had her first taste of cake and frosting, and she absolutely loved all her gifts!

That’s all for now. I hope to share with you a look at a few things that are exciting me lately, and also hoping to share some big news in the month to come (fingers crossed)!

photos from the cell phone

I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how I can be posting more often without a computer. I guess I’ll just have to use cell phone photos and my parents computer when i can. I hate both of those options, but I hate my lack of blogging even more!

So this is what life looks like lately…

Things are popping up in the garden! In the first photo you can see tomatoes, onions, and cucumber. In the second photo, that is crimson clover. Other items we have planted and sprouting:

  • peppermint, lemon mint, and spearmint
  • hot peppers, sweet peppers, and purple beauty peppers
  • lots of herbs
  • sqash
  • hops
  • potatoes
  • wheat
  • corn
  • tobacco
  • strawberries
  • honeydew melon and watermelon
  • and much more

Piper is getting so big! She can stand up by herself for short periods of time. She understands some words, but isn’t saying anything. And she’s just so tall!

In other news we had to put down 2 goats last week. One for food, and then one unexpectedly because of sickness.

On a happier note I will be starting to milk this evening!

Joe and I are feeling quite a bit overwhelmed with our homesteading endeavors and wondering where we will find  the time for our goats and our garden along with taking care of a time demanding baby and time consuming outside work for Joe! We know we are on a huge learning curve at the moment, but hopefully God will reward our efforts eventually!

goat baby!

Just kidding. It’s actually a boy.

Joe and I have named him Bjorn. Marigold turned out to be the favorite for doe names though so it will be held for whenever we get one!

Sorry for the short post on Friday, but I had my hands full between taking care of Piper and checking on a goat baby and mama every couple of hours. That morning I was faced with the challenge of going in green and making sure the kid was able to latch onto it’s mama (apparently domesticated goats have lost that instinct?) and making sure that mama goat was getting taken care of with enough water, grain, and molasses.

A friend from church who has a farm of many animals came over to see our new arrival and helped me realize my error in figuring out the gender. Oops! She will also be over today to disbud (remove the horn nubbies) him.

Belle is such a good first-time mama. We didn’t have to deal with her rejecting her baby.

And he is a fun-loving little guy who jumps and prances and is so affectionate. He’s absolutely adorable!

thursday thanks

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

Thanking God for:

  • lots of friends who have goats in order to give us advice about ours
  • homemade – baby food, beauty products, health products, cleaning products
  • breakfast from scratch and not from a box
  • the new moon to stimulate plant growth
  • wheat, hops, lupine, spinach, garlic, chives – all springing out of the ground
  • the blessing of animals for food, drink, manure, and creating compost
  • my mother to teach me the domestic arts
  • spinning wheels soon to be in use

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you

 

thursday thanks

 

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

Thanking God on this gorgeous day for:

  • being able to wear shorts in March
  • open windows and fresh air
  • cloth diapers
  • the prospect of our oven getting installed next week!
  • a baby who slept 12 hours last night
  • a husband who will read out loud to me
  • seeing our onions sprout
  • planting lupine
  • hanging clothes on the line
  • the chickens laying more with longer days and more sunshine
  • the prospect of a baby goat (so cute!) and fresh raw milk right around the corner

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you

planning

I can’t believe what a gorgeous day it is today! I really don’t feel like blogging, to be honest.

But I must. It’s important for me to keep track of things.

Yesterday after church we went out into the yard. Joe and dad discussed what we will be doing on the property as far as animals and the garden will look this year.

God has been incredibly good to us, and now we need to hold up our end of the bargain and be good stewards of the things He has blessed us with.

Vilté, one of our original goats.

Belle, our newest and pregnant goat

We have 2 new goats to care for, along with one of our originals.
One of those goats will be giving birth at the end of next month and we will be milking for the first time!
We are gearing up to plan out which seeds need to get started
I’d love to have an herb garden this year, but the trick will be deciding with my mom where to put it since we will share it.

All this with taking care of a little one who is more and more mobile every day!

Blessings and stewardship are such a fine tension.

a new goat continued

Yesterday we took a trip across the state to pick up a new pregnant goat given to us by a friend. Her name is Belle, and she is an Oberhasli. She is due to give birth April 27, and she will be a first time mom. We hope to be able to get quite a bit of milk from her in order to give us both milk and cheese.

She was such a good girl on the way home. Not a peep! However, we are probably going to have to steam clean the back because she couldn’t seem to keep her business on the tarp. O’well. It will be well worth it.