Hiatus, Break . . . Blazing Another Trail

I haven’t posted for a while. I have a good excuse though. Since the middle of March, our house went from zero animals to more than three dozen.

Starting my hobby farm, Moon Meadow Croft, has been time consuming. Gathering animals, building shelters, fencing pastures and caring for the livestock is a new learning experience for me because I’ve never lived on a farm before. I’ve raised chickens several times in the past, but nothing more.

Moon Meadow Croft

I’ve always wanted to raise sheep. I can’t say why. Something about their calm nature intrigues me. Seeing a flock grazing in the field brings peace to my soul. Now I can sit in my backyard and watch my own sheep.

Cotswold Sheep
Thistle and Isla are Cotswold sheep.

One reason I decided to start a hobby farm was to get back to nature and to introduce my children to a side of it they’ve never experienced. Taking care of animals and producing some of your own food in your backyard is rewarding and makes one feel connected to the Earth and the cycle of life. It uplifts the spirit and builds on the inner strength of a being. It also makes one appreciate the amount of work that goes into producing food. Food should never be taken for granted.

The number one reason I began Moon Meadow Croft was to be as self-sufficient as I can and to produce natural, wholesome food. The supply of food at the grocery stores doesn’t worry me, but the quality and price does. I feel the by-products, the chemicals, the artificial colours and sweeteners and the way things are produced are making humans ill. Producing my own eggs, turkeys, milk (yoghurt and cheese), chickens, berries and vegetables decreases my dependency on public food sources. In doing so, I avoid the unhealthy things that go into producing these foods on a massive scale (pesticides, steroids, etc.).

So that’s what I’ve been doing the past two months: becoming self-sufficient. I am currently writing a short story, editing my fantasy novel and writing my genealogy column in between weeding the garden, cutting hay, feeding the animals and building new gardens, a sheep shanty, a goat house and chicken coops.

Now that things are starting to slow down and fall into a routine, I hope to get back to posting regularly . . . or maybe that won’t come until the kids return to school. To read about my crofting experience, visit my Moon Meadow Croft blog.

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6 thoughts on “Hiatus, Break . . . Blazing Another Trail

  1. As you know, I’ve been following your Moon Meadow Croft blog. Having raised animals when our kids were young, I can absolutely relate to all the work and rewards that goes into it. Your kids will learn so much and it is something I know you’ll never regret. Best of luck with the farm.

    Nice to see you blogging here as well!

    • The bigges complaint the kids made when they had to return to school on Tuesday was that they’d miss the animals. Working on the farm this summer was the best for them they said. My daughter said she’d have no problems filling two pages of ‘what did you do thi summer?’ My eight-year-old has learned he can grow peas . . . and eat them before they get to the supper table. And then there’s Health Class. Yup, the kids are learning.

      Thank you, Laura, for visiting this blog and my Moon Meadow Croft blog.

  2. I applaud you for having the courage, and stamina, to take on such a massive project! Also, I’m betting you have lots of great stories to share while you’ve gotten your farm up and running 🙂

    Thanks for sharing,

    Christi Corbett

    • Yes, lots of great stories, Christi. And I’ve learned a lesson or two along the way which I’ll share in the coming months as the weather keeps us inside more and the kids are back to school.

      It’s as though I’ve been on summer vacation and now must return to work. But at least I love my work.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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