Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Monday, February 8, 2010

2.8.10 10:10pm

Snow, snow and more snow. It's been snowing since yesterday afternoon and shows no signs of stopping. We're so lucky here compared to others tho. I actually don't mind it as long as we have what we need and these days, thankfully, we almost always do.

One thing I do worry about is water. If we lose electricity we lose the pump. I truly need to get a hand pump installed but until then I store water in jugs and I don't have nearly enough to tend all the animals. But I think I've found a storage solution in the way of 4 large food grade barrels plus several 5 gallon jugs. I still have to retrieve the barrels and a few of the jugs but I think they would get us through a spell and would work well to haul water from the creek, if needed.

Everything else is going along well except that our renter lost his job about 3 weeks ago which is a huge strain on my meager income. I'm sure it will all work out soon tho.

The bucklings are growing like weeds and doing very well. they've started eating other things here and there and Frodo loves raisins. Only 4 1/2 weeks till they can be weaned *~* I got a good picture of Nigel's very cool spots and coloring, they're both beautiful but I really like Nigel's coat.


We took updated pictures of ourselves today, I fear I look more outdated than updated but at least I'm not past my expiration date :)

Now off to shower before the fire dies away completely and the Burrow goes into hibernation for the night :)


JoyceAnn said...

Nic looks handsome and you look Beautiful ! The pics are great.

~ Be Blessed ~

Linda said...

Snow! As much as I like looking at snow, I would just as soon not have any! I love your picture Juli! It would make an awesome avatar! I like Nigel's spots also... very nice!

fly tie said...

i've been missing out on your wonderful posts!

i always like visiting expecially when it's freezing out. i really like the cozy feel of your posts

great to know you two are doing well. those pics are nice...loving all that hair. :-)

Peggy said...

You are beautiful Juli!! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle said...

You have such beautiful eyes! Sorry to hear about The Burrow...I have said a prayer that your landlord's "memory" return...

I was wondering if you could recommend a simple, straight forward book on herbal and home remedies? I want to have the basics on hand to take care of minor wounds and ailments...but don't know where to start! Any suggestions?