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…

A Hint At What Is To Come At Gillis Gardens.

  Mr Gillis can be seen here, clearing out lots of side and front yard pasture- Here is what this area looked like before – including a huge ground wasp/hornet/demon stinging insect that MrGillis said he thought was a rock at first. We didn’t get picture of it, we just killed it. And here is…

Clearing the Pond- Part 1

MrGillis and I have been talking about cleaning up our pond system since we landed eyes on the property. It’s been overgrown like this for as long as MrGillis can remember, and the land had been in his family for generations. Well, happenstance worked in our favor yesterday. The local tractor dude, Mason, had his…

Launching Our New Site

So after much discussion and thought, MrGillis and I have decided to officially launch http://www.gillisgardens.com We will continue on with WordPress as I am comfortable with their format and the way that they run their show. I’m happy to be where I am, but we feel that it is time to become more recognizable on…