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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

4.20.15 Pictures from around the homestead

but first, an experiment in writing. This is unedited and not been proofread and probably not meant to be.....

And now, photos  :)

      One of our Ancestor Oaks

Beautiful Anya

Iris, the Ruen hen sitting on her nest

Lavender, a welsh harlequin hen

 Lily, a welsh hen on her nest.
We have a 3rd welsh hen, Lilac who also has a nest but we've not found it yet

 Last week I traded a small propane tank for 7 Ancona ducklings. 
They're a heritage breed and considered rare on the watch list.

 Grace & Boot
They're Pekin ducks but look and act like small geese. We hatched these out here. 

This is Owl the cat and Liam the lamb.
We just recently got Liam, he's only around 9 weeks old. Leicester and Shetland.
Now I need a spinning wheel  :)

 Sweet Paneer
She's Saanen and my favorite breed of goat.
They're like small cows, very easy going and produce a lot of milk.
 This is poor Penny Dreadful. 
She's an Oberhasli, which is also a heritage breed.
Unfortunately, Penny was neglected to the point of abuse. When we took her in her hooves were so overgrown she could only walk with her legs very bowed to the sides. This was at least a year in the making and possibly longer. We've had her since last fall and I've gotten her hooves to very close to normal, a little at a time. But her legs were so accustomed to her condition she's having trouble walking normally and stays on her knees most of the time. There was more as well but I'm not giving up on her and we'll just see.

 This is our majestic buck, Winston  :)
He's a Nigerian Dwarf and is around 6 months old. He probably won;t get much bigger. He has the coveted blue eyes and brown moon spots. The plan is to have a couple of full sized does for milking and raise minis, which will be about halfway between Winston and full sized, for meat and to Trade/Sell.  

An attempt to show his blue eyes but he just wanted to nibble my hand.
He acts more like a dog than a goat.

This is Sparky, Nik's special cat. He's so such a love.

 Our beloved Nemo
He has to be on a chain during the day, until we get fenced in, because he chases cars.

 Our view outback, facing North. 
We are so blessed

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