Celebrating One Year On The Farm!

It was exactly one year ago today that I packed the last of my belongings into my car and left the city that had been my home for 20 years. My destination was my family farm! I can’t believe it’s been a year! Actually, yes I can. 🙂 Living in your parents guest bedroom for a year doesn’t exactly make the days go by quickly. 🙂 I never would’ve believed my house wouldn’t be finished after my first year on the farm (but it’ll be soon! I think). I thought today, on the one year anniversary of my move to the farm, it would be fun to remember the things that I have done on my homestead (because it’s so easy to think about the big thing that isn’t done). Continue reading

Wild Edibles: Chicken of the Woods

A few weeks ago I came across a large edible mushroom called Chicken of the Woods, I’d never seen one before but I’d heard my parents talk about it. Normally I’m a bit leery of eating wild mushrooms, if you misidentify something you can make yourself very sick. That’s the good thing about Chicken of the Woods: there’s no poisonous look alike! Although, some people say varieties that grow on eucalyptus and conifer trees can cause a little tummy upset so you may want to stick with the hardwood trees (I found mine on the root of a dead oak tree). Continue reading

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

For the last month or so one of our ducks (Millie) has been sitting a nest in our barn. I’ve been watching her every day. Then one day last week I saw little yellow, downy fuzz sticking out from under her and could hear the faintest little chirping. The eggs had hatched! I knew she would stay on her nest for at least a day to let the ducklings gain strength before their big journey to the pond. I kept a close watch until I saw her making the first moves to leave the nest. Since we have barn cats that might think baby duck would be a yummy treat, I stayed close by until all our web-footed friends made it safely out. I snapped some pictures of their journey, I hope you enjoy them!

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Leaving the safety of their nest for the first time! I couldn’t believe when they all came out and I counted 14 of them. 14!

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