Hootenanny Homestead

A Homesteading Journey

Catching Up is Hard to Do

Have you ever had that week, week and a half when you are totally under the weather?  When you really just feel like crud and you end up doing the minimums you can just to try to maximize sleep?  That happened a week or two-ish back.   You may have noticed that there weren’t as many updates on the blog and such.  Don’t worry, I’ve been working on catching back up and getting back into my normal rhythm.

For now, I’ll just leave a few hints here about things that I will need to write up.


We added some chicks to the homestead…


The ducks have moved outside…..


A few seeds have been started….


There has been some planting….


Soon there will be a bit more planting….


And with that, I will end for now and leave you to wonder until I get some more written up.

Sometimes you Just have to Bee Funny

Well, the good news is that I have been able to order some more bees.  I have the hive at my mom’s all blocked off so that it doesn’t get robbed.  Since in my research, it seems that it was just a winter kill I will be putting the new package of bees onto the provisions that are in there.  The other set of bees have had some warm days and so I’ve already given them some syrup.  There is more to do, though, hopefully, those girls will pull through what should be our last blast of cold.  I also have to paint the new hive and get it set up and ready for when this new package arrives.
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I’m Worn Out, But here is a Duck

I’m a bit too low on brain power at the moment, but here is a duck.

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But Where Did the Bees Go?

As you have seen I’ve been keeping bees this year.  I had been making sure that they would have enough stores and such to live through the winter.  As we’ve had a few warm days I went out to check the hives and was meant with some sadness.
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More Skills, More Blacksmithing, Another Class

I had a good time at my introduction to blacksmithing course last month.  I felt like I learned something that was pretty awesome and would be a great skill to have.  To be honest I’ve been watching some various videos on blacksmithing on the youtubes as well.  Well, I ended up going back down for another course.  This one ended up being a touch longer than the last course, but I feel that I learned still more.

BlacksmithingI learned how to make some hooks.  Caitlin from Ms Caitlin’s School of Blacksmithing came out to teach this one and I have to say that she is a great instructor.  If you are interested in blacksmithing and have a chance to take a class of her’s I would recommend it.  One of the things that she told us about was working through a project in modeling clay before you start to pull out the metal.  It made an awful lot of sense, and I might just have to look into getting a hammer and some modeling clay to hold me over until I can outfit the rest of the gear for my own set up.

As far as what we learned, I made a collection of different hooks.  First we made a wall hook with a back plate.  I learned how to punch holes in metal and it happens to be the first hook that I’ve ever made.  Next we made some S hooks.  I have been told by a number of family members that they want to get a good stock of them, so I can forsee making a lot more as I build my set up.


Then we made a plate hanger and I got to use scrolling tongs for the first time.  Bending the metal while it was hot was a bit more of a challenge than I first thought it would be.  When it cooled just a touch it was really hard to bend.  Then I got to make a large tap hook.  I figured that this will be quite useful for putting up in the bed enclosure to hang up buckets or some such.

All in all, I still enjoy blacksmithing and will be continuing on this journey of learning such a skill and then hopefully setting up a little bit of a set up on the homestead.

What of the Ducks: Your Weekly Duckling Update

The little ducklings continue to grow, while they have perhaps slowed on getting bigger, it has been interesting watching their adult feathers come in.  Some of them have begun quacking, others are still peeping.  Since the last time I wrote about them we’ve had some, shall we say, adventures.  Don’t worry, everyone is still with us.
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Baking and Barbecue: What a Valentines

Sometimes on Valentines Day you just have to make some pulled pork.  Sure this can be a fairly long process, but it can be very rewarding.  Now I’m not the world’s leading expert in live fire cooking, but I tend to not get any complaints when I smoke up a batch.   Some of this may be that no one is going to turn down even half decent barbeque when someone else is making it and giving it to them to eat.
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Happy Valentines

I might be a day early, but I hope all of you are having a great Valentines Day.  And since I can’t think of anything else to post at the moment.  Feel free to contact us on the contact page if you have any suggestions or something you might like to see covered.  I hope all of you are enjoying Valentines Day.  Continue reading

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