modern homesteading
Goodbye Milt

Goodbye Milt

We found Milt a farm! Our drake, or male duck, is now spreading his love among a large flock of ladies living on a farm just south of Eugene. Whew! We were not looking forward to having him for dinner. I think Bess, Pepper, Gladys and Ramona are enjoying the peace and quiet. We are...
Milt Needs to Go

Milt Needs to Go

Our chocolate runner duck, Milt, needs to go. He is four months old and humping everything in sight! How do you wrestle being a modern feminist with the animal world? He will corner one of the ducks, bite the back of her head to keep her in place, then mount her. It doesn’t look fun,...
Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Time flies and here we are already at the summer solstice. The sunrise was at 5:30 am and the sun will set at 9:00 pm. It’s going to be 81 degree outside today. Boy, did this just turn into summer overnight? The changing of the seasons is always time for me to take stock of...
Raccoon Attack

Raccoon Attack

Last night I went to bed and started to feel terrified. It was a really spooky, windy night. But I wasn’t terrified about the weather – I was worried about the ducks. Our original intention with our backyard flock of ducks was to lock them up every night in their duck house. Unfortunately, after a...
Elliot Bay Book Company - Sunday 6/12

Elliot Bay Book Company – Sunday 6/12

Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle will be hosting me for a signing this upcoming weekend. The event will start at 2:00pm on Sunday June 12th. I am really excited to be there at such a great, independent bookstore and I’m hoping to see some friendly gardening faces! I think I will be taking the...