Monthly Archives: October 2007

We want to live on a farm!

Yesterday, a local farm had their annual open house and we went to check out what farm life is like. I must tell you that it was beautiful, enchanting, and it made each and every one of us want to live on a farm. Here are some photos from our adventure at The Goat Lady […]

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Madeline - October 30, 2007 - 1:00 am

The devil’s advocate over in me wants to list the challenges of farm life (yes, we have a farm) but all in all, I have to say it is a great life, especially as unschoolers. One of my sons loves farming – everything about it. The other is far less excited but then, he has never known anything else. I think that coming to it from another situation would really make you appreciate it more. The best part – raising and growing your own food and working with nature.

whimsigal - October 30, 2007 - 1:22 am

Hey Madeline! Thanks so much for your comment. I bet it is a lot of incredibly hard work. Today I was researching milking cows and was amazed at the info I found. One cow can produce 3.5 gallons of milk per day. That’s crazy! That’s a lot of milk. For now, I think we’re going to start small and begin a garden in the back yard. I wish we could have a couple of chickens but I don’t think the city or our neighbors would appreciate that very much!

Is there anything that you can recommend for me to read about farming?


Mama Podkayne - October 30, 2007 - 2:58 am

Oh my YES! We love THE FAMILY COW. We also got a subscription to Hobby Farmer and found it next to useless.

We’ve been planning to retire to an apple orchard, but the upcoming move to Ohio pushed the dream closer. We plan on 10 acres minimum. We plan to have 1 family cow, keep her bred regularly enough to stay in milk and reap the benefits of beef. We plan to have pigs and sheep, chickens and geese., many vegetables, and fruit trees. The Organic Apple Grower is a favourite book of mine too.

AH, and the farm house? Maybe I should post about this: my MA is in preservation technology…..we plan to have a well, small wind turbine electricity with propane generator back up, a wood burning furnace, and many other amenities to stay off the grid. I have a design for the home if we can’t find an old farm house…….

oh I could go on and on…..feel free to email me!

whimsigal - October 30, 2007 - 12:00 pm

Wow, Mama P.!

That is exciting to hear! I would love to hear more about what you’re planning so I will try and email you later today.

I just ordered a book called Hobby Farm – hopefully it’s not the same as the useless subscription you had.


KMDuff - November 1, 2007 - 4:35 am

Totally in my dreams to have land and a small family farm. Totally starting small with the gardening right now. (Zoning prevents farm animals in the city we’re in on lots less than an acre anyway.)

I recommend Salatin’s books – he’s discussed some in The Omnivore’s Dilemma which I think I’ve told you about before. Anyway, visit his website at the least, Joel Salatin. (Of course, maybe not, he’s all about making it profitable, I guess it depends on what you want to do.)

I read some fun books, Readers Digest has a How to be self sufficient type book from the 60’s I snagged from my in-laws, and there was one at the library in the kids section called “The self sufficent life” or something like that and it was pretty cool.

Right there with you. :)

whimsigal - November 1, 2007 - 12:59 pm


I’m not opposed to making it profitable at all so I will check out the reading you suggested. The Reader’s Digest book sounds interesting as well so I’m going to see if I can get my hands on a copy of that, too. I LOVE reading books from different generations! I have cookbooks from the 50’s and from the early 1900’s and just find them so interesting.

It’s fascinating how many people seem to be dreaming of getting back to our roots, so to speak. I think that says a lot about where some Americans are in their lives, don’t you?

KMDuff - November 1, 2007 - 11:46 pm

Definitely agree.

My first response is that it has to do with the total lack of roots I feel to any where in the country, being raised all over it. I don’t have anywhere I can call my natal home really, that I can go and feel at home. My DH was born/raised in the area his family was born/raised in and grew up in industrial farming. He has no desire to do that, but is at least slightly intrigued by the family farm thing, the beyond organic movement, and such.

Then there is the true question of where my food comes from, how it is raised & treated. :)

The readers digest book is called Back to basics and I checked the copyright and its 1982. Oh well, has old looking graphics to me. (Dates myself.) There is also their Complete Do it yourself manual that is pretty awesome.

Here are some links:
Self Sufficient Life
Back to Basics

whimsigal - November 2, 2007 - 12:25 am

Fabulous!! Thank you so much for these links and for the info on the Reader’s Digest book. I’m of to Amazon to see if I can find a copy.

You’re awesome. Thanks again for the info!


Tina - November 5, 2007 - 4:48 pm

One of those goats has my name too! I’ve made the big time…not really but still.

piscesgrrl - November 21, 2007 - 4:18 am

You can read about my level of farming knowledge (despite being raised on a pseudo-farm) here –

But my real question – how did you “write” on the photo with the goats’ names?


whimsigal - November 21, 2007 - 1:01 pm

Hey, Laura! Thanks for the link!

I used Photoshop Elements to write on the photo. There is a button that will allow you to add a text box. I think Paint in Windows will let you do the same thing.

Wonderful Moments – A Challenge

Thanks Stephanie for putting up this challenge. It’s good to sit and think about all the wonderful moments one experiences during the day and for one week, Steph has challenged us to record them here, all in one post. I don’t know how to do that without duplicating the post as a new entry so […]

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Stephanie - October 28, 2007 - 11:55 pm

Aaaaah, how sweet!
I love great communication between my children!

I actually meant in one post – like add to the post then publish it at the end of the week.
But you can damned well do it however you like! :)
THe point is, as you said, to notice and share special moments – to get our minds looking for the good in the day, instead of letting our days get away from us.

whimsigal - October 29, 2007 - 1:48 am

Oh for goodness sake! Leave it to me to misunderstand what you were saying! LOL

I will do that for the rest of the week then and wait until next Sunday to post the finished product.

This was a really great idea, Steph!

Rinnyboo - October 29, 2007 - 9:34 pm

It is sweet to hear all this good stuff about your kids. I love how Iain was explaining things to Ryan.

Can anybody do the challenge? Stephanie came up with a great idea.

whimsigal - October 29, 2007 - 9:42 pm

Please, do the challenge! I’m sure Stephanie would love it!


What we did in Charlottesville

I thought we were going to get out and go on an adventure but you know what? It rained. No, wait. It poured! Not only that, but the boys wouldn’t get up early enough to drop Sean off at work so we didn’t have a car to get around in. One of Laura’s blog readers, […]

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Jessica - October 27, 2007 - 4:17 am

Found you through PW. I love your photos! What a fun blog!!

whimsigal - October 27, 2007 - 11:13 am

Hey Jessica!

I love, love, love PW and thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will continue to visit!

Thanks for your comment!


Rinnyboo - October 27, 2007 - 3:01 pm

So sorry you got rained out!

Your pictures (and your kiddos) are absolutely gorgeous though…..

Rinnyboo - October 27, 2007 - 3:02 pm

Oh, and I love Ryan’s “Full-on Blue Steel” in the 4th picture. He looks so pensive.

Stephanie - October 27, 2007 - 8:57 pm

It looks like you guys just sat staring at each other!!! :)
Fun, indeed!
just teasing

I tag you for a challenge – it’s on happy-and-free.

piscesgrrl - November 21, 2007 - 4:25 am

Wait, wait, WAIT. You almost got to meet Silvia? That is, like, so not fair!

Actually, I’m kidding – and how cool! Did you find her through my blog? That’s even more cool! And do you live close to each other? Cuz that would be ALL the way cool!