Wearing a headlamp this time of year can be annoying! All the bugs fly straight towards your face at night 🌠
Things have been a bit slow on the blog the last couple weeks because we have been very busy! There is a ton to share and once things settle down a little we will fill you guys in, big news!
Q:Do you keep bees?
We do not but have plans to in the future! ❤
BEES ARE DYING AND YOU SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED
Barely two weeks after 25,000 bees were found dead in a parking lot in Oregon, another round of bee devastation has been reported. This time, the mass die-off was far worse. More than 37 million honeybees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, according to beekeeper Dave Schuit, who lost the bees from 600 hives in June. He and many others are pointing to insecticides called neonicotinoids, used in planting corn and some other crops. “Once the corn started to get planted [in Elmwood] our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. After a record-breaking loss of honeybees in the U.K., the European Union banned several pesticides in May, including neonicotinoid pesticides. [Source]
poisoning bees can also kill
- the honey industry
- us, eventually, because we are apex predators and poison travels up the food chain
1 Stop using insecticides 2 Plant Bee-friendly plants 3 Create natural habitat gardens 4 Find out more about bees 5 Support your local beekeepers 6 Make you own ‘Wild bee’ house 7 Become a beekeeper 8 Lobby your local MP or MEP 9 Sign petitions banning pesticides 10 Encourage your local authority to do more to help bees
Q:What sort of preparation would you recommend for someone completely new to the homesteading lifestyle and living off-grid? I aspire to provide this sort of life for my future family someday, but I have absolutely no clue as to where to start. Any tips would be greatly appreciated and I admire your beautiful family to no end. <3
Hi! The most important thing I can say about preparing for a homesteading adventure is having an open mind and a sense of humor. You will need those two things more than anything else!
As for everything else, it all depends on how much you are willing to rough it. Finding a piece of land would be #1, preferably with a stream, creek or well. We can chat more soon!
Q:I love your blog! I was wondering how you power your home? Are you hooked up to the local electric grid or do you power it yourselves?
Hi! Thanks for the note, we run off of a deep cell battery and natural light! While we do have a back up generator, it is rarely used.
As for water, we probably consume more water through drinking than bathing. All four of us use around 6 gallons of water total, that’s a gallon and a half each!
We like seeing the process of growing our own food, harvesting it and putting it on the table! It has been a great experience having a garden and teaching our four year old about pollination, how veggies grow and when to pick them. She loves going out to the beds to see what is ready to harvest and what we’ll be eating later that day.
We often make up recipes based on what we have available that’s fresh and needs to be used. We came up with this Hubbard squash stir fry. It was simple and delicious! We diced up half the squash, cut up some onion & sautéed that with cilantro and red pepper flakes. Toss with cooked udon noodles and top with soy sauce, yum!