I get a little warm in my heart when I think of winter

Winter in Maine is a different beast. It’s a thousand different things, some amazing, some not so amazing. Short, cold, windy days- followed by long, colder, windier nights. There’s a whole mess of holidays in the first part, and then a whole bunch of just trying to make it til Spring in the second part. 

It can be quite beautiful, in a stark, unforgiving wilderness way, life up here in northern Maine. It can also be kinda depressing. I think, if you were to ask any single person that lives in Maine, they’d have a personal experience with the doldrums that can hit you… Usually in between January And March. It’s not every year for every person, but no one escapes unscathed. It’s just the way life is. 

This year was my turn, I guess. It took all my energy to just take care of our kid, our house, our animals. I went to bed super early and slept as much as a parent to an under year old child can. This has always been my coping mechanism. I feel it’s a pretty good one, honestly. I feel very well rested after this winter of laziness. 

Thankfully, I have a super supportive partner in crime, family and work environment. I made it. It’s now spring, and we have some amazing things going on- like the buying of 26 acres of land! We are finally taking the plunge and going big! I’m talking berries, orchards, bees, goats, patches of veggies and flowers everywhere… And of course, MORE CHICKENS!

My splurge from this weekend! Currently on sale at Tractor Supply Company.

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep record here of our new homesteading adventure- but I’m going to forgive myself if I don’t get it all. 

For now, we are getting ready for a huge load of work this coming summer and fall, starting with the celebration of our darling daughters first birthday this coming week. After that is our big community wide yard sale in the beginning of June- coincidently the topic of my next post. 

So, until that time, have a wicked good day. 


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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