AROUND THE URBAN HOMESTEAD pt 4

This recent email is the reason why we decided to start sharing our simple lives online (back in 2001)

Thank you for sharing your lives via the internet. I have been observing your family for 2 years now. I did not know such a life could exist. My family and I have been so inspired that we have been slowly converting our home into a little farm. The first year we planted a small garden, and really got to recycling. The second year, I learned to can produce, started to only eat in season and buy local, and we started to use more hand powered appliances. Every year we come up with more ways we can be more productive in a way that does not impact our environment so much. To tell you the truth if you had not shared your accomplishments we would not have changed our ways.
Thanks for sharing,
Deanna

Thank you Deanna for your feedback, we truly appreciate hearing from fellow travelers who are a simpler path.  All the best in your journey!

Here We Go!

Last pictorial post giving you a brief glimpse to what a week’s life here on the urban homestead and we finished just in time because there’s chances of showers all this week!  (If you missed the last three entries you can find them here at part one, part two, part three)

As you can tell (or not), we urban homesteaders wear many hats.  That’s what makes this lifestyle so, shall I say, exciting not to mention fulfilling.  Sure there are the normal, every day chores but each day you are challenge with something different – whether that be too much squash, a sick/injured animal or a power point presentation.    That certainly keeps you on your toes and a wearer of many hats!

Some may call this fanatic or extreme but we call it fun (well most of the time!)

Your Turn

Here’s a question for you readers: how’s your hat wardrobe — meaning how many hats do you wear a day? Care to share?

Oh and don’t forget to speak up!

Would you like to see “a week in the life of an urban homesteader” continued every so often here at LHITC?    Raise your hands,  Yeah or Nay?

Now enjoy the last salvo of camera clicks (for combine total of 109  photos – whew)

Fairlight and Farmer D have a bit of play time together.  They have this “butting” game that they like to play.

Farmer D tells Fairlight don’t eat that and she winces her eyes as if to say “I’m not listening!”

Honey shed work continues.  Looking good!

In the animal yard, catching some rays

Justin working late

David, an avid local gardener, drops off some oil and we exchange a jar of homegrown/made fig preserves.  Loving bartering!

You can tell and avid beekeeper when they keep a stack of hives filled with honey in their bedroom!  No seriously, this is the scene in Justin’s room.

Homemade rosemary pizza crust waiting to go in the oven.  I guess you’ll also notice that the backdoor is open.  We like to let in light and air (when warm – of course) low impact style.

Chickens and goats enjoy Farmer Sergio’s watermelon (rind)

Just as soon as the hat left the needles it was on top Justin’s head!

Barefoot and knitting on the back porch, catching some sun.  One hat down, another one started.  I think this color going to perfectly match Farmer Justin garden camo fatigues don’t you think?

The kitchen sink.  It’s a little dark (au naturale) , but if you look closely  to the right you’ll see the stainless steel composter, water filter (which we’ll be selling on PeddlersWagon.com soon).  The the left sprouts and another batch of kombucha.

Goats get some leftovers from dinner

See, there she does it again.  Fairlight is one expressive foodie.  Close you mouth, you are supposed to be a lady!

To right you’ll see a shelf full of canning, soap making supplies and dried herbs (yep, we have a pharmacy of our very own here on the urban homestead)

New teacher from middle school (next door) talks with Farmer D about fixing up the school’s garden with herbs and natives

Blackberry wants some greens and she wants them now.

The nifty shears and sturdy wire basket are ideal for any urban homesteader – we use them every day.

Blackberry looks in the feed shed, “Where’s my food?”

Spanky catching some rays.

Winter’s here so it’s perfect weather for bread making.   Whipping up a couple loaves of the easy No Knead Bread, adding a bit of homegrown rosemary.

Warm right out of the oven.   You can’t see it but the other side of the loaf has been lopped off!  The crusty bread didn’t last long after this picture was taken!

Delivering to one of our clients.  If you are interested in purchasing produce from our micro farm, check out DervaesGardens.com supplying produce fresh from our garden to your table for over 15 years!

Jordanne adds some extra storage space in our bedroom. We were taught at a young age to “do it yourself”  Jordanne can wield a power tool with the best of them

Table set for Sabbath dinner

Buttermilk pancakes for breakfast made with fresh laid eggs.   Here on the urban homestead we like using cast iron (last a lifetime!) and no grease necessary!

Goat walking you always meet interesting and friendly  people.  People just open up to you, some even reminisce about their childhood days when they had goats.

Gorgeous fall colors and the Colorado Bridge as always a dramatic backdrop.

We dropped by Betty’s (our adopted Grandma and knitting mentor) after the walk but she wasn’t home.  So missed the photos with her and her amazing knitting room filled with yard and patterns that go back 50-60 years.

Jordanne whips up a lemon pound cake (with duck eggs) and meyer lemon’s courtesy of local Freedom Gardener, Duane D (thanks!)

Desserts never last long in this household

Farmer Sergio drops off some organic goodies from the farm and talks with Farmer Justin about – um, not to hard to guess – farming and the upcoming rain.

Thumbing thru seed catalogs, Farmer’s Sergio and Justin enjoy Jordanne’s yummy lemon pound cake

Community outreach.  Working on a new power point presentation (gardening in schools) for an upcoming talk to local educators

Getting ready for rain. Jordanne wields the drill and “battens down the hatches” – winterizes the animal yard.

Temperatures dip, so we fire up the efficient Jotul wood stove (thanks Duane for the wood!) Now that it’s raining,  I’m going to park myself right next to the Fire and finish a few knitting projects.

Sung as a bug and high from another slice of Jordanne’s pound cake we enjoy girlie (BBC novel tv classic NORTH & SOUTH ) film night with Julia.  I think it’s like the third or fourth time for us!

Julia and I sport handknitted scarfs.

The end.

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Comments(21)

  1. DoubleD says:

    Well that was a great photo peek into the “day in the life” of the urban homestead. The goats are pure entertainment – such characters!

  2. Anne P. says:

    I love your “around the homestead” pictures – they are so inspiring! Please keep them coming! 🙂

  3. ~~Melissa says:

    Your photos are really enjoyable. And the goats always make me laugh. It’s really fun and interesting to see more of your lives. You guys are always an inspiration.

  4. Stacy says:

    If you guys need more wood, let me know. Thanks to a strong storm last year breaking a good sized branch off the neighbor’s tree and me starting to remove some arborvitae to make room for fruit trees, we’ve got more firewood than we’re likely to use in a year. I’d be happy to bring some over.

  5. Stacy says:

    Oh, and yes! I love the daily life stuff!

    Speaking of pictures, I was cruising through the newly relaunched PTF site (great look!) and am curious about what you ultimately did with the waterHOGs – are they in service now that the rain is coming down?

  6. Michelle says:

    I love these daily life posts! They are so inspiring…thank you for sharing.

  7. Beany says:

    I work during the day as a beancounter for a small company. I ride to work every day (6 miles round trip). Since I moved to San Diego I’ve been working on bicycle advocacy a lot – in fact it is taking up a lot of my time but I believe in non-auto based transportation very strongly. And San Diego is the perfect place to ride all year round. Even on days like today when it is drizzling.

    My husband, Mr. Beany, is the perfect partner. Having him on board helps me so much. He washes clothes by hand using a washboard and a bucket. He cooks nearly all our meals. He helps me with bicycle advocacy efforts. He accompanies me to the local coop and helps me carry 25 lbs of flour, rice, and other staples.

    In addition to straight up bike advocacy I’ve been bringing the local food movement to intersect with the bicycle advocacy efforts. I organized a bike ride to a nearby farm this past weekend. I suggest riding to farmers’ markets when I can. A lot of bicyclists in the city are also locavores and advocates for a slow lifestyle (slow food for example), so I am not all alone.

    And yeah! to “a week in the life of an urban homesteader”

  8. Beany says:

    Also have a request. If possible, I’d love a “subscribe to comments” plugin. So I can follow the discussions here. 🙂

  9. Cindy says:

    I like your “a week in the life of an urban homesteader”, and I would like to see more as you have time. Thank you for all you do to inspire us.

  10. katecontinued says:

    Love this series and it is fitting for the end of year and fund raising. Speaking of that, one hat I donned this fall was a brand new hat for me. I wrote a $80 K grant proposal for the elementary school across the street from me for School as a Garden. The school was awarded a portion of this over the next three years. So, I helped the principal and PTA write another grant application to pay for a full time coordinator (as recommended by the Edible Schoolyard in Berkley). This hat is not one I want to wear all the time, but might enable me to even be paid a salary to work with the community and the school on gardening and homesteading themes.

    I’m very much interested in your work in the schools, your new presentation and those new beds recently built. I need to make a road trip to visit one day. I’d so love to see your homestead in person.

  11. Susan says:

    Definitely Yeah for more a week in the life of an urban homesteader postings!

  12. Cena says:

    I want to definitely vote for more week in the life of… I love your photos. Also, because of your journal here, I have a year round garden, 8 ducks, and 30 chickens. The ducks are laying 6 to 7 eggs a day, and the chickens lay 1 or 2!!! Yay Duckies!!! The ducks win. I have learned so much here, and am continually inspired by these posts. God bless your family. Keep up the good work.

  13. Sherrill says:

    Anais, I have to say how much I enjoy the fact that you knit. Being a knitter, it makes sense to me that it rounds out the whole homestead experience. One must have warm woolies for those cold days.

    I am inspired by the blog to combine my gardening with my knitting (and spinning) to create some lovely lavender sachets for next year’s gift giving. I have a nice little raised bed of lavender that I cut and dry…throw in some knitted sachets and wha-la!

    Happy knitting.

    p.s. I love North and South. Excellent!

  14. Aimee says:

    I vote yes for more “day in the life of homesteading” pictures. Maybe you could do a pictorial for every season. All your posts are inspiring and educational.

    As for the different hats I wear; there is the wife hat, homeschooling mom hat, horse show mom hat, gardener hat (that’s a big tan one I got at a horse show!). I know there are more but I just can’t think of them.

    Can you tell us how you make you kombucha? I’ve read a little about it on internet. Where do you get your starter?

  15. woodcutter says:

    Anais, great post! You must keep your camera in your apron pocket! Winter has finally come to Nova Scotia, so it is great to see you living with your kitchen door open to the outside. Today we will be gathering the last of the firewood from the wood lot, feeding the sheep and making plans for winter projects on the farm. Keep up the great work!
    Blessings Steve

  16. Cindie K. says:

    As I perused your latest “batch” of homestead photos, I was taken back to my Nonnie’s home. Your lifestyle is the same as my grandparents: living off the land with gardens, chickens, canning, etc. I especially love the photo of your Sabbath table, so inspiring and reverent! Every time I visit your site, it’s like a step back in time to a period of great comfort in my life. Thank you for all you do for your readers and for the world, actually, through your prioneering lifestyle.

  17. KJ says:

    Hello! I really enjoyed the pictures that you posted and hope you will continue to share. I enjoy seeing how other “kindred spirits” work their homestead, whether in the city or the country. We are fortunate enough to live in the country raising our boys, dogs, chickens and now a goose that showed up from out of nowhere over the weekend and has taken up residency with the chickens, among other critters. We are looking forward to expanding the vegetable garden, medicinal garden and herb garden as well. Your home is beautiful and it is so nice to see some of the items in your home that are on our to get list (a picture is much better than a written description). With winter and record lows (-10 the other night), we love to snuggle up in front of our bio-stove and read gardening books and seed catalogs, and sipping one of a variety of our teas. Thank you so much for your willingness to share with others.

  18. KJ says:

    Hello! I really enjoyed the pictures that you posted and hope you will continue to share. With winter and record lows (-10 the other night), we love to snuggle up in front of our bio-stove and read gardening books and seed catalogs, and sipping one of a variety of our teas. Thank you so much for your willingness to share with others.

  19. Sullivan says:

    I would love to know your bread/pizza dough recipes!?

  20. Chloe says:

    This is my dream life, living on a homestead ~ instead of working all day and then coming home to the farm in time to get to bed.

    p.s. North & South…need I say more?, hehe

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