Homesteading Articles

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On Design…

On Femininity…

On Gardening…

On Homemaking…

To create a proper French, English, or European Farmhouse feeling, one must let go of the American obsession with perfection and embrace imperfection. The French and their British counterparts are not typically interested in “”bigger, better, faster,”” which is evident in their surroundings. Homes are old and LIVED in. I call the style “”Old World,”” and it can be enjoyed in various ways, from an east coast colonial to an attic apartment in the city’s heart.

I enjoy maintaining a feminine silhouette and like some good old structure. No floppy t-shirts for me. Give me a nice starched blouse, a skirt or a pair of trousers. My style has been pretty consistent for over two decades, so some of my pieces are terribly old, and I’m prone to refresh my wardrobe with thrifted items and posh pieces from sites like Poshmark.

It is a potager garden. Utilitarian in that it provides us with food and decorative as there are areas of structure and symmetry and, of course, sheer romance. As you follow along, you will be invited to join in the celebration of dewdrops on David Austin roses and the first signs on Ladies Mantle under the spring snow.

Home is where my heart is. These four walls and, much more importantly, the souls inside are my raison d’être. Homemaking is hardly the drudgery that modern culture wants us to believe. The art of homemaking is needed. It’sIt’s important and offers those who partake a chance to develop a wide range of skills.

It’s a Different World

The other day my husband lamented the mud spatters on his jeans as he loaded the kids in the truck for church group. ————— It’s muddy here on the farm. And that’s an understatement.  It’s a quagmire. A bog.  A disaster....

Reason #173 for Homeschooling my Chickens.

In the other gardens, and all up the vale From the autumn bonfires See the smoke trail. Pleasant summer over and all the summer flowers. The red fire blazes, the grey smoke towers. Sing a song of seasons, something bright in all. Flowers in the summer, fires in the...

How to Ferment Vegetables – Simply.

The long hot days of summer demand that we eat light and they inspire us to hold on to what we can from our gardens for when the warm weather fades and cooler temperatures are on the horizon.   Canning vegetables is in itself a noble skill for any cook to attain but...

My Sweet Goats

In memoriam… My “herd” is finally complete.  I’ve been waiting to introduce you to my sweet goats but today is the day. We now have four goats on Half-Way Farm, la ferme a mi-chemin.  They can now re-produce.  I’m calling that a herd. ...