Grayson Highlands Festival

We enjoyed a day out today with friends at the Grayson Highlands Festival. There were tons of crafts for sale, a wild pony auction(oh how I want one!), and yummy food.

Making Molasses

Checking Out the Ponies

They were so beautiful!

Such Pretty Leaves

It was a wee bit cold and rainy-we had fun anyway.

I thought this gate was so cute. I’m not sure if I want to use it outside or keep it inside.

And as if today wasn’t exciting enough, Bub got his first deer. Today was youth hunting day in Virginia.

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!



Fall is Here!

I was so excited for fall to get here, now I am just cold! 🙂 It was 37º when I got up this morning. We were under a frost advisory, but there is no frost on the pumpkins just yet. 🙂

Last Thursday was moving day for the goats and chickens. We put their houses down by the road under the tree. It was the only semi-level spot. They are adjusting well, and we are even getting more eggs!

So much more room! It has been funny watching the chickens chase grasshoppers.

One of our silkie hens was sitting on 5 eggs but only 3 hatched. Our other hen wasn’t sitting on eggs; she was just keeping the other hen company. 🙂

These little guys are 4 weeks old now and starting to eat. That will give mama kitty a bit of a break, I hope, as she is feeding 10 kittens!

Yesterday we picnicked on the parkway and visited Mabry Mill. We think it the first time that we have been there while the wheel was running.

There were ladies inside this building spinning wool and weaving.

This man was building ladder back chairs.

My very big babies! 🙂

Madison & Bambi


Quentin Jr.

I hope everyone is enjoying the coziness of fall!

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Homestead Happenings

We have been busy around here doing the usual!  We have worked on school work, kept up with chores, taken care of animals, and even fit in a little getaway.

Our garden is tired and ready for a rest.  The goats have been very good at helping us clean up. We have been gathering up our last bit of garden goodness.  We have had watermelon each day with our lunch for the past month.  They are going to be missed when they are gone!  Also we gathered the carrots, onions, and peppers this past weekend.

Our weather has only got up to 70 the past couple of days and our nights have been in the 50’s.  Leaves are starting to turn red and fall from the trees. Something about fall really excites me!

garden carrots

peppers & onions

gourds & pumpkins

yummy watermelons

I wish you all a great week!


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September 1st

Wow, September already!  I love September days.  Nice, warm, and summery during the day. Nice, cool, and fall-like mornings and nights!

We have completely 100% finished fencing in the field.  The dogs and goats are taking turns enjoying the new space.  Caspian will be 2 years old this Christmas and has calmed down so much allowing us to play and walk with him in the field not jumping on us or the kids at all.  I am so proud of him. He comes when called and sits for us to get his leash on him.  When we lock the goats and chickens up at night; the dogs will protect the field.

Quentin and Caspian

It will still be another week or two before the goats move to their new home.  We are gradually getting them used to pasture.  We don’t want them to bloat.  They have spent an hour in the field the past three days.  The kids and I  run through the fields with them following right behind.  They are so funny when they run!

Lilac on the left Willow on the right

What do we eat next?

There are 10 new kittens, and they are super cute!

So sweet!

And ducklings-again!  This is the third hatching this year for mama duck.

Seven new ducklings

We also have two silkies setting.  Their eggs will start hatching on the 11th.  Our critters do keep us busy!

Our school year is still going really well.  We have been getting in 4 days each week.  We had to change our schedule a bit, but I think we finally found a schedule that works for us.

Our day now looks like this:

7:00 feed goats and tidy house

7:30 breakfast

8:00 History/Science/Health(Right now we are working on history & health)

8:30 Math

10:30 Spelling

11:00 lunch

11:30 break

12:00 English

2:00 Reading

3:00 outdoor chores then free time

Today we have dusted, vacuumed, and cleaned bathrooms.  Quentin works all weekend, but is off next weekend so next weekend will be our Labor Day weekend. 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


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