One family's journey from the very urban to the very rural
Friday, January 4, 2013
it's winter out there!
Our mini-van won't be going anywhere anytime soon! Instead I've been learning to drive our 4x4 truck in the snow. My days of parallel parking a tiny sedan in a tiny parking spot while a dozen impatient drivers wait behind me in San Francisco are over!
Littlest Farmgirl getting a lot of laughs watching her brothers throw snow at the door:
Chicken, turkey & guinea trails:
This bunny mama and all her new babies keep perfectly cozy together, even though the temperature is in the teens at night:
I'm always amazed by how animals are designed to exist (& thrive!) in nature no matter the temperature. I've seen our steer and cows lying peacefully in their pasture, happily chewing their cuds with half an inch of snow on their back! It is so unlike we wimpy humans that must have layers of clothing and a heat source just to survive the night.
Look at this bunny mama under all that snow and ice.
She's thriving and peaceful also. And see that plastic bin to her right? Her brand newly born babies are in there, sleeping and wiggling joyfully. And do you know what keeps them alive? It's not the mama because rabbits don't actually sit on or around their bunnies except when they go in to nurse them only once or twice a day- it's the fur she pulls out of her own coat and makes a nest out of that keeps them cozy and unaware of the 15 degree temp. outside! Those babies in the bin have a fur lined nest and about 3 inches of plucked out fur covering them. When I reach in and touch them they are naked, and warm! Rabbit fur is amazing.
Here is the view from where we milk the cow (when we are milking. We are still enjoying our milking break now).
And here is the same view from this past summer.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love snow? :) It is so pretty! I didn't grow up with snow, and we certainly never had snow in the Bay Area. This is the biggest snow of my life so far! I can't get enough of the views. Every single morning as soon as I get my contacts in so I'm not blinder than a bat, I walk through the house just to look out every window. Sometimes, like today, the morning sun is shining brilliantly against the snow and makes it twinkle and glisten like there are millions of little flashing lights out on the hillsides.
I met my husband at a party in San Francisco in 2004. We were big city club and party kids. Vegetarians who had never milked a cow and rarely left city limits. Now we are farmers in North Idaho, one of the least populated areas of the country. I'm no longer a goth clubbing radical feminist party girl. I'm a happily married dusty farm chick living out in the incredibly beautiful countryside and thanking God for it every day. We're working hard at building up our new homestead and business, and growing deep our family's roots. We call our farm Rootsong.
My days are mostly filled with homeschooling, homekeeping, cow milking, cheesemaking, diaper washing, breastfeeding, laughing with my seven fantastic kids and homesteading with my best friend in the whole world, my husband. I have a passion for natural foods and natural birth, and living simply and joyfully.
A brief timeline:
I began this blog way back in early 2006. Husband and I lived on a postage stamp lot in the suburbs until the summer of 2011. We then packed up our family and moved to a 20 acre rental in the middle of nowhere north Idaho. I had never set foot in Idaho until stepping out of that moving truck. Nine months later, in April 2012, we were able to purchase our very own dream come true- a modest home on 10 acres of gorgeous rural land. We worked hard to make our (serious)fixer-upper livable, and moved in late June 2012. We've been working even harder, laughing and loving on this land ever since. I am in awe that I get to live this life.
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Beloved husband & I in our natural habitat: me breastfeeding, husband kid-holding.
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