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Signs that your ewe is (close to) giving birth

Signs that your ewe is giving birth

Most of the time you know when you should expect your sheep to give birth. We, however, had a ram with the herd most of last year and weren’t so sure. That’s how we ended up with a little surprise lamb in December. Right now we are expecting our other ewe to lamb pretty soon, so I am keeping a close eye on her for signs that indicate she is starting labor.

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Preserving food: a beginner’s guide

Preserving food: a beginner's guide

Our goal is to eat from our garden through winter. But how do we preserve this food so it will still be edible a year from now? I have looked into different methods for preserving food and when to use each one.

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What does homesteading teach our children?

What does homesteading teach our children?

Part of the reason we started homesteading is to create a healthy life for our children. I am sure if you ask many homesteaders why they started homesteading, then one of the reasons is their children. We want the most for our children, and feel like we can give them this by homesteading. Children can learn so much from homesteading (as can we). What exactly does homesteading teach our children?

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What’s in my garden? March 2017

It is finally starting to look a little like spring around here! We had some horrible weather last week with lots of rain and strong winds. But today, though it was cloudy, it was dry an 15 degrees celcius. A perfect day for some garden chores!
As you know, we moved here last October, and when we did fall was just setting in. The garden had been neglected last year, so it was overgrown with weeds. We removed most of it during the fall and winter, but had now idea what plants were actually growing in the garden. So, now as spring is coming, all sorts of stuff is popping up.

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Monthly Recap: February 2017

February 2017 Recap

That’s it for the second month of the year. Time for another recap! I feel like this month wasn’t very productive. We have so many plans and we just can’t get to them all. But every step forward is a step in the right direction!

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Hybrids vs. Pure Breeds: Laying hens

Hybrids vs. Pure Breeds: Laying Hens

There are so many different chicken breeds to choose from, but there are also hybrids designed for egg production. When you go to the grocery store and buy eggs they are most likely layed by hybrids. But what are hybrids and are they a good fit for backyard chicken keeping?

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Simple living: what does that mean to us?

Simple living: what does it mean to us?

I am sure you’ve heard or read about it, simple living. It seems to be a whole new trend. Which is kind of funny, because I am sure a hundred years ago they would have never expected us to be striving for a more simple life today. But here we are, aspiring to live simply, and to make do with what we have. If you search for simple living on the internet you will find many definitions, because it has a different meaning for everyone.

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Making an egg apron from an old bedsheet

Making an egg apron from a bedsheet

I will have you know that I am a total noob when it comes to sewing.  I’ve had a sewing machine for years, but we never got along. Many times I tried and sometimes something decent would come out of my sewing machine, but most of the time it would end up with me saying words I’d rather not repeat in public. I would then pack up my sewing machine and not touch it for another year.

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Buying an animal: things you should consider

Buying an animal: things you should consider before bringing ANY animal home

I love animals, I grew up on a farm and was always surrounded by different animals. One of the first things I did when I moved out of my parents’ house was buy a rabbit to keep me company. We learn a lot from animals. Animals are compassionate and forgiving. They often give unconditional love.

 

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7 tips for increasing productivity

Seven tips for increasing productivity

We have so much going on in our lives. It is so easy to get overwhelmed and get stressed. If you are like me, being stressed does not help you do more, it actually makes you accomplish less! So I wrote down some tips that help me be more productive.

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