Greetings From Nova Scotia

Spring  is  a day away  and here at Land’s End we are busy as ever. Bill held his garden forum in February and it was very successful, About 50 people both current and new gardeners  gathered together and shared information and experiences. Since then he has attended two  more related events and has been asked to speak at another. Just when  I thought he was slowing down  he is getting busy in a different way.  Although he no longer feels like growing vegetables to sell, he is always willing to share knowledge he has learned.

Our goats have all freshened and Myda , my pet goat , has two cute little does. Myda was estactic as last year we didn’t breed her. She almost drove us crazy blatting when the other goats had babies. Sara had two bucks one which was shaggy like a mountain goat. Rachel had one large buck who arrived with horns popped out and as big  as a three week old kid! No wonder she bellered so when giving birth.All I can say is better her than me although I did feel for her.  Poor Hannah birthed prematurely and her only kid died. It is a sad reality of farm life sometimes.

Our hens hatched last year are laying good and I sell the extra eggs.  That way the little laying mash we have to buy is paid for with egg money. I also have sold enough eggs to buy the occasional bag of goat ration. This way the animals pay their own way.  This is necessary since  neither of us have a paying job right now.The farm must support its self.  I am hoping to have extra produce from the garden to sell at the Farmer’s market this summer also.

Bill had to redesign his sulky two horse mower to suit our one horse Rex. It now has shafts  that replace the pole used with a team. He cut them from hatmatack boards sawed from trees from our woodlot.  As soon as Rex’s iron shoes are re-welded  Bill and Rex will be ready to haul sea weed from the shore. Rex had a sprained ankle and was lame all winter so Bill never got to the woods with him.  Letting Rex rest paid off as he is fine now in time for  Spring work.

While Bill was busy on the farm I went to the city to house and dog sit for almost two weeks. It was fun but I am glad to be back home again. Alone all that time gave me time to think and write and I decided to start a new venture. I now have my own blog on Blogger.  It is titled  Linda Rose -A Frugal Abundant Life .

There I will be posting many things about country life as well  as other things pretaining to living a full abundant life. I found I needed a challenge and believe me this will be a challenge to learn new things at my age! Blogging is a whole new language to me. I will be dropping in from time to time at Country Life to say hello as I put  their link on my blog. Hope to  see you there and have a great day!

About lrose

Greetings from " Land's End" in Nova Scotia! My name is Linda Rose. My husband , Bill, and I have been living on and farming organically on a ten acre farm for 23 years now. Bill grew up dairy farming and I grew up and lived in both the city and country. We were married thirty years ago July 9th. and are former Light House Keepers. I am a writer, mother of four, grandmother of two, former dog groomer, hospital worker and now do child care part time. Bill always farmed but also did gardening for others . He was also assitant Light Keeper on Green Island and Bon Portage Island off the south shore of Nova Scotia. We live in what is now called Short Beach on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Many years ago before the first white settlers set foot from their sailing vessels on the rocky shores of Short Beach the natives called this place Kespoogwit. Translated to English it means "lands end" Appropriately named, the land does end a two minute walk from our farm. This is where the Atlantic Ocean beats the rocky shores holding us spell bound. Nature, ever changing, demostrates the puniness of man or woman to the relentless forces of the sea. The forefathers of many people who reside in this area sailed on vessels from England and Scotland. They journeyed to Nova Scotia to begin their lives afresh in a new land. They brought with them only the bare essentials of clothing and tools and in some cases animals. They came men, women and children. Challenged by the weather more than from hostility of the original inhabitants, many a stout man and woman carved homesteads from forested land near the Atlantic. The weather and rocky soil presented obstacles for the original homesteaders and the generations who would follow them. Bill and I came to Short Beach in 1985. I prefer to call our homestead "Land's End". Our journey was much different than that of the first homesteaders who settled here. However our lifestyle is not a whole lot different. We still till the ground and mow the hay with horse drawn implements. I sweep the house with a straw broom and cook on a wood stove. Although ;someone thinking I was missing something gave us an electric stove and fridg; I still prefer my wood stove. Our wood for heat comes from a wood lot and is hauled five miles home with our work horse. Our food is grown organically using mostly simple hand tools to work the soil. The Atlantic continues to hold its observers hypnotized by its sporadic beauty. Tranquil repose is periodically interrupted by furious surging tides, eroding and redefining the shoreline of Short Beach. This is Kespoogwit ; "Land's End". It is our home.