Category Archives: Four Oaks

The Chicken Hutch

We live in the surburbs, on a river, on several acres of pecans, pines and salt bush. In this world of well-groomed lawns and tidy little boat docks, ours is a wild heaven. Fairies and devas collect here and plant … Continue reading

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“Staycation”

During the week our daughter is at summer camp, my husband and I have decided to have a Staycation. An at-home vacation. This way we don’t have to pay someone to care for everything while we’re gone and we can … Continue reading

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Garden Update, mid-June

What used to look like this: Has now become this: Amazing what a few weeks can change, isn’t it? Our vegetable garden is small this year because we will be gone for several weeks. (Note to potential thieves, our housesitter … Continue reading

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Trapping a Hive

Mark has gone from zero to bee-man in just a few months. He reads and googles and you tubes constantly in his quest for beekeeping knowledge. He has, apparently, learned how to trap a hive. In fact, luck was with … Continue reading

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Today I Learned:

How to skirt a fleece. Apparently my sheep have nice fleeces. One has a really nice fleece and I’m excited to send it off for processing. It should only be better next year when she should have had less stress … Continue reading

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Suburban Homestead Update

It’s Spring and we’ve been busy doing the obvious springtime things: tilling; amending; spreading compost; mulching; planting; getting bees. Getting bees? Yes! Mark has been a busy bee himself and totally obsessed with bees and, to be honest, bigfoot. Bigfoot … Continue reading

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Closet. Complete.

Our closet is finally, *finally* finished. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be able to dress in my own bedroom and not to have to toddle down to the laundry room every blooming morning to find clothing … Continue reading

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