ducks feeding

Odd, but Admirable Ducks

Despite their seemingly goofy and chaotic nature, our ducks appear to have a lovely community mentality for sharing their morning feed. They approach the feeding trough, move down then out, and finally circle back around again. Fascinating.  

Washing a Yurt Roof…

… when you don’t have access to running water and a garden hose (with typical water pressure) takes a bit of timing with mother nature. This weekend brought 80-degree weather and torrential thunderstorms — an ideal situation for washing our roof and outside walls. Yes, scrubbing by hand. The yurt roof is made of a…

Composting Hacienda

It’s been just a year now since we moved full-time into our simple red yurt. With that is a year of kitchen compost, humanure from our composting toilet and lovable loo, as well as hay and manure from our increasing animal inhabitants. Based on a design in The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins, we’ve erected a composting…

Getting Ready for the Goats (Bucks) — Part 2

With the buck shelter itself built there were a number of “amenities” to add, such as fencing (to keep them in and the coyotes out), feeding and storage concerns, and playtime. Again, we cut locust trees from the property and stripped the bark off to make fence posts a bit more economically — if not…

Getting Ready for the Goats (Bucks) — Part 1

The Living Quarters. In just a few weeks we will be bringing two lovely goat bucks onto the homestead: Heavenly Hollow Dusty and DeBuck Homestead Bullet. You can see a handful of pics of them and their friends on Lead Me Home Farm’s Facebook page. The first stage in preparing for their arrival was building an appropriate…

Up to the Loft

With storage in mind, we planned for and constructed a loft above our kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom areas. It’s yet to be fully finished, as other projects seem to continually take priority — the Loveable Loo for example. Although we had originally thought we could have an office or craft area up aloft, for the…