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,
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!)
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.
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.
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