Weekend Warriors- The Sum of November 2017

Wow. I cannot believe how fast this month has gone by.

We have been so super busy, trying to get together everything before snow starts to fly, that I don’t even really have any pictures to put up.

First, we’ve finished the shed addition as much as we can for now – we still have to replace one roof panel with clear plastic instead of the tin we have there now, and also build our big door for the side that we plan on storing our riding lawnmower in. We also wanted to put up some shelves eventually, and more organizational areas to help MrGillis keep his tools in order. For now it has become the hay shed/ grill home.


Thats the basically finished greenhouse addition behind the very recently made sign MrGillis cobbled together the night before/morning of our meet and greet.

Secondly, we’ve been working on winterizing all our animals. So far we’ve put ThunderBun inside with the Alpacas in a larger cage that we can stock with lots of hay for him to burrow in. We finally got the electricity hooked up, so everyone has nice not frozen water, at all times. We also go the alpaca building leveled, so that we can hopefully get the addition on like ASAP. We need some nice weather to accomplish that and our weekends have not been cooperating.  So, we still have that to finish, a big gate to build, and also the chickens to winterize a bit better by hanging their winter curtains and setting up their heated waterers. I really wanted to build them a hanging feeder out of this bucket and tray I have, but haven’t found the time.

We moved the chicken coop into the alpaca pen- the alpacas think this is hysterical, the chickens not so much. After the first couple of scares, when the chickens realized the alpacas were all charge and no guff, they settled in.


Third(ly) we’ve been winterizing our own house – winter in maine is no joke so we insulated the underside of our single wide and put up the siding. It looks beautiful and complete, finally, after a year of the bottom being open. And we just had some good old fashioned play time outside.

We’ve missed every single selectmen’s meeting this month, although I did manage to make it to my school board meeting! I felt so overwhelmed at first, that I kinda panicked and just went deer in the headlights, but after some meditation (i must have looked like a lunatic) I got my anxiety under control and actually participated.

We had a huge multi family thanksgiving with lots of food and fun- it was really amazing to be a part of. We had people from all over the states and ages from 2 and 1/2 to nearly 100.

We also held our very first meet and greet with the animals and feel very fortunate for the 10 or so car fulls that came down to chat about alpacas, rabbits and chickens with us. It was a beautiful day, especially for the tail end of November, and we had a great time.

Now, with the month coming to a close, we have started christmas preparations – we’ve trimmed our tree, hung our stockings, decorated our home and the office. The days are short and swiftly dwindling in temperature – the nights are clear, crisp reminders of the passing of summer and fall; the wait for spring is on. Winter projects are beckoning.

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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