One adorable crafting project that I’ve seen plenty of on the internet are “quiet books”, also called “busy books”. These cute little books are usually made from felt or fabric, and are designed with lots of quiet activities, intended to keep your little one occupied – and most importantly quiet – when needed. Continue reading “Quiet Activity Book for Toddlers”
Postpartum care is so important for the new mother, whether you just had your first baby, or you’ve been there before. One of the ways I alleviate the discomfort that comes with giving birth, is by using an herbal infusion. For those who are unfamiliar with this term, an herbal infusion is akin to a tea, except that the herbs are soaked for a much longer period, giving you a very potent mixture afterwards. Continue reading “Herbs for the Postpartum Mama”
Preparing for a new baby can be a big job in and of itself, especially if it is your first. Since I am pregnant with my second child, a lot of the first-time questions, like “what do I truly need?!” aren’t even a thought. We have blankets, clothes, wipes and diapers. Ok, done there.
But when you are managing a farm or homestead, planning for any baby has a few more considerations. The season the baby is due in actually matters – will you be resting up when wood needs to be split? Or, like me, ready to go any minute by the time the garden is bursting with delicious fruits and veggies begging to be harvested and preserved? Continue reading “Preparing for a Baby on the Homestead”
Summer is coming to a close in New England, although sometimes days are still so hot that you would be inclined to think otherwise.
Continue reading “Summer Wind-down / Woodford Harvest Festival”
If you have ever kept a garden, even a small one, you are aware of how much time and labor goes in. Unless you are going for the jungle-look, there are weeds to pull, plants to trim, stake and cover, never mind the time spent actually harvesting and preparing the produce for canning, dehydrating or freezing. Continue reading “8 Tips for a Successful Garden”
It’s January, and miraculously I am still looking out at golf course-green grass. We have had two dustings of snow (both of which melted away by mid afternoon) and some ice but still no true winter. Temperatures continue to fluctuate, from the 40s down to single digits, although we are generally somewhere in the low- to mid- 30s lately.
Yesterday was a warmer day, just over 40 , so my husband I bundled ourselves and our daughter and went out to do some wood moving. It’s a surprisingly enjoyable task ; I’m not sure if it’s because it keeps the “cabin fever” at bay, or the endorphins released due to the physical activity, or simply the fact that we truly love our mini homestead and all the all that it entails. We have a large bin in our basement for firewood, as well as two racks in garage. With the bin depleted and the racks quickly following, so we took advantage of the “warmer” day and got to work. Our daughter enjoys being busy and doing chores, so I carried her on my back as we went along. A few wheelbarrow loads and about a half hour later and everything was full again, but it was a nice chore that rewarded us with fresh air and time together.
Garden plans have been finalized for the beds, and all of the seeds/plants ordered. My planting diagram looks great this year, and I can’t wait to try it out. The first year in a new garden is always the toughest- learning what works where, how the sun falls, if the hose will reach all the way across and what woodland “neighbors” will be helping themselves to your banquet of neatly planted veggies. (Insert angry turkey chasing visions here… I just know they’re going to be trouble!)
Our chicks have been ordered too, 15 in all! I picked 5 different breeds to keep as layers, delighting in the job of choosing beautiful, hardy breeds that will yield a rainbow of egg colors. With our last round of chickens, we hadn’t intended on keeping layers, so egg production had never been a main focus. While we lucked out and had great layers, I’m excited at the prospect of chocolate, cream, speckled and even blue/green eggs!
The other 10 birds will be for meat, and for that end we chose Jersey Giants, a notoriously large bird that we hope will do well.
My goal in the next week is to clean and prepare my terminator and greenhouse for plants, and get a thermometer set in the greenhouse so I can monitor the temperature prior to plants going in. We have a few tricks for upping the temp when needed, but we have such large windows in this house that I don’t know if they will be necessary!
I started this post in the morning, I must confess, and while I normally don’t draw attention to the long time it tends to take me to write a post these days, I am doing so out of excitement as I announce that here in Woodford it is snowing! We finally have a good, strong snow coming down, with decent accumulation. It’s beautiful, sparkling and pure. A perfect end to a very nice day!
I know everyone is just as busy as I am with our final fall/winter preparations. We have enjoyed some fires in our wood stove already as fall takes over here in New England, and after a week of rain (and having no drying machine!) we are swamped with laundry.
But I wanted to introduce our new blog name and look! Little Farm Living is now Life In Woodford! We are excited about this change, and hope you are too! Lovingly named for our property, Woodford, my husband and I hope to still share all the same adventures, DIYs and more. But as our blog has grown and expanded into topics past farming, we thought a new name was in order.
Life In Woodford also makes a nice compliment to our Etsy store transition, from Little Chick Naturals to Woodford Knits & More. We do regret that this means we have dropped our bath & body care line, but I am happy to continue to share my Master Herbalist knowledge with you!
I hope you will continue to follow our adventures here in Woodford!
There are already tons of blog posts and Pinterest links out there with lists of things you “need” to have a baby. Everytime I see these lists, I laugh. They’re so over the top (laptops? Makeup and eyelash curlers? Really??!) that I had to say enough already. For all the sensible women who just want to deliver their baby and be comfortable, here are my suggestions, the real things that I used when I had my daughter.
Things appear to be warming up here in Connecticut, although we have had two other false starts followed by light snow storms so far!
My chives have started popping up, along with a few other miscellaneous plants. One of the most exciting plants to see spreading it’s sleepy green leaves open to the sun this spring is our Hickory trees!
My husband had the great idea to plant a tree for the birth of each of our children, our first of which is due in 10 weeks. Early on in my pregnancy, we went hiking and found seeds and saplings that we took and planted in the hopes that they would take. We are happy to report that all of them have buds &/or leaves at this point, and are doing good! I hope they continue to thrive indoors, as it will be awhile before we will have a place for them to go.