Homesteading

My Homesteading Blog

This is my blog for The Herbal Hare Homestead.  The Herbal Hare Homestead is in the very early stages of establishment.  It is aspiring to be an eco-friendly, sustainable and self-sufficient homestead in rural CT.  This is my blog as I walk this journey back to basics.

A typical day for me starts early, feeding 2 St. Bernards, 6 cats, 4 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, 1 cockatiel and 1 parakeet…and the usual clean-up and other care they require.  It takes me about an hour to get it all done then it’s upstairs for some time on the inversion table, 1/2 hour of yoga and meditation, praying the rosary and prayers to each of my patron saints, the angels, God, Jesus, Mother Mary and Sophia.  Then it’s breakfast time, to read a chapter of the Bible, the usual bathroom ablutions (teeth, hair, etc.), fill the birdfeeders, walk the dogs and the morning is 3 hours’ old.  Being unemployed for the moment, the rest of my day (and a good part of my evening) has been filled with home improvements (DIY), work on my book (fiction) and also some articles, starting my own business in herbal, apian and hand-spun fiber products and working on my slowly evolving modern day homestead.

Modern day homesteading.  This is a back-to-basics lifestyle.  I have been slowly unplugging my home, using hand-operated appliances, candles, oil lamps, clotheslines and soon, a wood-burning cookstove.  What few appliances (such as PC) do require energy, are unplugged when not in use and/or Energy Star.  Rainwater harvesting and water conservation are on the list of future projects.  Using a bicycle, walking instead of driving (less fossil fuel usage…yay!) and, when possible, public transportation are other goals.   And I’ve recently learned something about aquaponics.  I will explain more later as I learn more about it.

My property is just under an acre in size.  1/4 of it, including my front lawn, is being turned over for the raising of fruits, veggies and herbs to support my pesco-vegetarian diet using raised beds, container gardening, companion planting, crop rotation, vertical gardening (trellises, arbors, etc.), compost/vermicomposting, and natural pest control in the form of chickens and ducks (also for the egg production and free organic fertilizer!).  3/4 of an acre being given over to Pygora/Pycazz goats and Olde English Babydoll sheep (small breeds/small quantities), and Angora rabbits for fiber for hand-spinning and weaving. My first honeybees have been ordered for honey, beeswax candles and mead.  And my property is home to several maple trees for the syrup.  Natural rearing/diet for the animals.  I am an herbalist, having studied under Michael Ford of Apollo Herbs and Michael & Leslie Tierra of East West Herbs.  I am a Writer, Reflexologist, Reiki Master Teacher, Angel Light Messenger, I play guitar, dulcimer, sing, love acting and am fluent in American Sign Language.  I am hoping to add Tellington Touch, Ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy to the list and also petsitting as means of income.  I am hoping to add a little of this and a little of that and hope it all adds up.  In this economy with jobs being scarce, there’s nothing to lose and possibly everything to gain by living a more self-sufficient, self-supporting lifestyle.

This is my blog chronicling this journey.

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