Town of Danforth – Halloween Decorating Contest 2018

Its that time of year again- Time to celebrate the end of summer and harvest and to ring in the beginning of fall! To celebrate the changing of seasons, and the arrival of Halloween, Gillis Fuel, LLC is sponsoring the Halloween Decorating Contest for the Town of Danforth. Just like last year, we are going…

Protecting your Chickens from Heat Stress

1. Cold clean fresh water – as many times a day as necessary, replace your chickens water with cold fresh water to encourage them to keep drinking 2. Electrolytes – When we’ve had a heat wave, I always make sure to dose my flock with homemade Electrolytes in their water. Heat is more stressful on…

The Alpacas have been SHEARED

A big Thanks to the crew of Mariacher Shearing Service- they got to our place in the middle of no where, set up their stations, had our herd taken care of and were back on the road to the next job in less then 2 and a half hours. It was a whirlwind, an education…

Weekend Warriors- May 2018

We had another busy month here on the homestead- Early on in the month we picked up our finished alpaca yarn – it’s been a slow process of putting it into skeins at this point. I’ll expand on this in a future blog tho, as it has been a long and slightly crazy process. Literally…

Weekend Warriors- The Month Of March

Its been a fairly crazy month here on the Gillis Homestead- We’ve been boiling down sap into syrup all month. But the temps are rising and with rain in the forecast instead of snow (FINALLYTHANKGOD) its probably coming towards¬† a swift end. We’re happy with the amount we’ve produced tho. Even tho we lost at…

Our Seeds have ARRIVED!

I LOVE Johnny’s Select Seeds. We, LITERALY place our seed order yesterday and THEY ARRIVED TODAY. Now, I get that we’re in Maine and so are they, but seriously, wowzas. Well, most of them arrived at least. Our Onion starts aren’t going to be coming til the end of the month(which is when we’d be…

Getting Ready for Spring- Seed sorting

So, I know I just got done complaining in my last blog that March in Maine is NOT SPRING, but that led me to wanting more spring like activities in my life, because ugh. Enough is enough winter. This means that about the only thing I can do to make it feel more spring like,…

Weekend Warriors- February 2018

holy. So the big shebang this WHOLE month has been about the shed project. Specifically the kitchen and 1/2 bathroom portion of the shed. Last time I updated, my dad, MrWard, and the hubby were pulling out all the old nasty insulation and fixing a very bad roof leak that had been causing water damage…

Official Breaking News!

So remember when I posted our 2018 goals list, and said I couldn’t reveal the details of every thing because some of it was still in the works? Well the time has come to let you in on one of those plans. We have officially become Coast Of Maine Dealers! For those of you that…

Christmas Craftiness – Homemade Garland

As I’ve mentioned before, I LOVE holidays. Enough to sit down and write a whole blog about christmas music.¬† enough to sit down for hours and make homemade decorations for the big family gathering christmas tree. including: Cinnamon Dough ornaments Snowflakes Paper Chain Garland   and this monstorsity Yup. Mr Gillis and I spent two…