The Chicken Profiler – Delawares

  Welcome to our latest installment of The Chicken Profiler Series – Today we’ll be talking about the Delaware! Ethel was one of three delaware female chicks, running around their box. They were all a week or so older then the other girls we were buying, and I felt bad that we couldn’t take all…

Meet Our Alpacas!

We have been spending the last few days getting to know our new family members and we thought it was time for some introductions. We’ll update with new pictures and personality factoids as we get them.  Our alpacas are Huayacas- this basically means that their fiber is soft, dense and has a crimp in it. …

Halloween Fun in Danforth 2017

For Halloween this year, a few of us citizens and the town manager have gotten together to organize some community fun. One group of ladies started a trunk or treat, which I had mentioned earlier in a Selectman’s Meeting Blog. As I learn more about that, I’ll update this blog and repost it. After a little…

Homestead News – Joining MOFGA

For those of you not in the know – MOFGA stands for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.  We have been going to their yearly fair in Unity, Maine, for 4 years now, and it’s part of the reason we fell so deep for the idea of being an organic farm. They are just so……

Hey you guys- WE HAVE ALPACAS!

So, you know a few weeks ago, when I wrote about a Big Major Deal Changer happening to Gillis Gardens? We were given an alpaca farm. No – I am not kidding. And when I tell you how this happened, you are going to be like, “No, it did NOT happen that way.” And I…

Closet Hack – Using Shower Rings to Organize

I have a confession. My closet is seriously out of control. And no I’m not going to post pictures. It’s really a bit embarrassing. But, I have decided it is time to tackle that mess and get it together. Because I have a lot of clothes I don’t wear because I don’t see them. And…

Scrambled & Herbed Eggs for Molting Chickens

Chickens go thru a process every year called molting- this is when they lose all their old raggedy looking feathers and new ones grow back in. This is a natural, good process that happens in healthy adult birds, every year. Every chicken goes thru their own individual molting pattern. It is all very awkward looking….

Selectman’s Meeting – September 5th 2017

My hubby and I are very interested in the welfare of our little town. So we always try to make it to the selectman’s meetings, the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. After looking thru MrGillis’s and I’s separate notes (yes we take notes), I felt I had to share what was discussed at…

Permanent ToDo Lists

I am a serious list maker. Long ago, at the end of the night, I’d sit down and make my todo list for the next day- meticulous and right down to the nitty gritty. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a list telling you to get ta frick to work. That was before the…

The Chicken Profiler – Amercuanas

Here is the fourth installment to our Chicken Profiler series. So here is the dilly on this breed- these are Not Araucanas, which are Chilean chickens with ear tufts… these are Not Easter Eggers, which are the colored egg laying mutts of the chicken relm. (also, these are both beautiful breeds in the own rights… it’s…

The weight and breadth of it

(Note: This is a blog I wrote over the course of losing our second pregnancy, and the year following, while I dealt with the emotional blowback. I am happy to say, that while forever changed, I am a strong, healthy person, with an excellent support system, and I have come out the other side, resilient…

My Chicken Kit – First Aid For The Birds

We live in a pretty remote area. Its quicker to list the things we DO have, that’s how remote…. a bank, a grocery store, two gas stations, one of which is the only local restaurant, a non emergency health clinic and a post office. None of which help when you have an injured animal. When…