Our homestead has grown another 40 acres — 10 Comments

  1. Wally,

    Will’s only got about 10 acres left to put up. So far, all tractors are up and working but the Ford 660 is going to need a head gasket (Will hopes that’s all!) All the hay looks great and he’s started hauling it all home.

  2. gen,

    Yes life IS good! It sounds like you and Dad have been having a great time. How lucky you are to still have your folks. I miss mine every day, especially at gardening and harvest time when we all enthused over the crops. It sounds like you’re plumping up your pantry. Good Girl!

  3. How lovely to have your son next door! It sounds from your posts that he is like- minded and will be a huge support and joy for you as the future unfolds. Your place is a testament to hard work and commitment. Thankyou Jackie for years of instruction and passing on a belief in self reliance- something that we all need to keep going in an uncertain future.

  4. I’m glad you are able to get out in the hayfields. The big tractor looks impressive and I hope the others are up and running again too.

  5. Your flowers are beautiful! It’s really nice to know your son will be living so close to you, too. I bet he’s feeling fantastic about this turn of events. Talking of your soon to be ripe tomatoes, dad and I have canned 7 1/2 qts of diced tomatoes, 11 pints of spaghetti sauce, 5 1/2 qts of salsa, 2 qts of juice, another 6 pts of cinnamon pickles, and we’ve given my brother enough cucumbers for at least 2 quarts of icebox dills. I am on my 4th pint of tommy toe tomatoes in the dehydrator, and have another 4 pints waiting for room to be put on there. Dad and I are going to grind them into powder to add to soups and such. My dad was smiling all day today, because of all the time I’ve been spending with him and mom. We’ve been having so much fun! His tomato plants are still producing hands over fist, and he’s still getting a few cucumbers about every 3 days, so we’ve been sharing those with my neighbors along with sharing jars of pickles. Life is good! gen

  6. Jackie, I have been reading your blog and gaining a lot of useful information.
    Congratulations on your land purchase.
    Would you consider posting an article about how you came to your homestead .
    How large it is and what you have built/rebuilt on it.

    I would love to know what steps you took to find and finance your property. Also how did you prioritize the projects that had to be done.

    Last but not least, if you had the chance to do it over would you change any of the choices you made or would you do any differently. Thanks, Linda

  7. Hi, Jackie and all. I am SO glad David will be staying close by. Just talking of that very thing with another of your faithful followers yesterday over lunch. I would guess that he, along with help from Will and Bill, will put up a very nice home there one day. Gardens look WONDERFUL! Wish I had your energy! I hope this downsizing will not eliminate your posts. Enjoy those first tomatoes. Ours this year have been super but I think the Bill Bean crossed with a smaller volunteer I got out of our compost pile several years ago. At least that is what they look like to me. Delicious anyway! Blessing to each of you and thank you for all the encouraging posts.