Weekend Warriors- 3rd week of October

We have been enjoying a rather extraordinary fall this year –


And because of all this beautiful weather, we’ve really been getting a lot done. And this weekend was no different.

We’ve been working on getting this new addition hooked up to the shed for months, but thankfully, my dad was able to come over and give MrGillis a more knowledgeable helping hand then I can.


This first picture is from before we got the alpacas. That’s how long we’ve been trying to get this thing put together.

This picture is what mrgillis was able to accomplish in his free time, the floor and one wall.



Then this last weekend, between him and my dad, they were able to frame up the roof, the other two walls and start framing the windows.


Yes that is short sleeves in mid October in Maine. It was almost 70 degrees on sunday!

My hubby is quite the worker, and he can get a lot done on his own, but with my dad’s help, they’ve been able to bust out quite a bit.  In fact, just monday evening they were able to accomplish putting in three windows!


We’re hoping that by the end of next weekend, we’ll be finishing this up- getting the alpaca addition thrown on and then starting on the dreaded prewinter yard clean up.

Also, this weekend, we of course still had to do all the normal homesteading day to day things. And run around after a toddler- which my mom helped with a lot while we took turns caring for the animals and doing other odds and ends around the farm. It’s been amazing to have my parents move to within a mile of us.

This is a far cry from the list we originally had for before winter started, but since then we’ve gained a herd of alpacas, started fostering a bunny, helped my parents move to town, gotten more involved with the town, including me being elected the the school board AND MISSING MY FIRST MEETING(ifriggenknowright) and mrgillis learning how to care for the town clock. We did get our harvest in and taken care of, we scrapped the idea of the wood stove shed for now, we added a bunch more animal related chores, we kind of neglected our strawberry fields a bit. But we still have time.

Until next 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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