Yes, it's been a terribly long time since I've posted here. But I thought I'd better give an update as to all that has been going on, here at the homestead, over the past several months. The most important of that being, yes, we are still here and doing well!
One of the reasons why I haven't updated the blog in such a long time is that, there really hasn't been much to report this season. We've had a bit of a challenge the past year with health related issues. Not to go into details, I'll say that all has been addressed and things are starting to get back to normal.
Because our focus was elsewhere this year, we didn't do very much in the garden or on the building projects. We did, however, grow the flock with more laying hens this spring. And, in August, we decided to raise some chickens for butchering. They are now reaching their ideal weights and we'll be processing them soon.
This is one of the new things I learned how to do, as we wanted to ensure that our birds were handled in the most kind and humane way throughout the entire process. It certainly wasn't a skill we really wanted to learn, but it was necessary and something we felt to be a very important thing to know how to do for a self sufficient life.
I have to say that the birds that we did butcher (to learn the process) provided us with the best tasting meat we've ever eaten.
I also worked for our neighbour again during harvest and things went really well. This year, the weather allowed us to start harvest early and continued straight through to early October. Last year, even though we began in September, the weather changed and delayed us for a month. We didn't finish until mid November.
We did have a cold spell there, during the last week of October and first week of November. But, for the past week and a half, the warm weather returned, giving me a chance to build up our stores of cut firewood. Hopefully the forecasts will be wrong and we do get a mild winter again this year.
Although, some precipitation of some sort would be beneficial, as the fields are pretty dry right now. Without some moisture to build up the water table again, it's going to be difficult for the farmers next year to plant and grow their crops. We'll just have to see what happens and put our worries on to our Lord Jesus's shoulders.
That's about it for now. Hopefully all who may be reading this have had a happy and bountiful year.