The main reason for starting the blog was to share what Pete and I were learning about self-sufficiency. At the time I also wanted to get better at writing, and the best way to do that is to practice. I've since realised how much I enjoy the interaction with other bloggers, both the friendships and the amount I can learn from them too. I didn't know all these wonderful people were out there until I started this blog!
More recently I've realised that I can use this blog as a platform to sell some of the things I make, including my two ebooks and my soap and salves, which I guess is another form of sharing what we've learnt. I also find that I refer back to old posts, both to remind myself how to do things and how things were at that time. Things have changed so much for me and Pete in the last five years!
When I started this blog we had only one eight acre property, with chickens and a couple of beef steers and our vege garden. Since then we have bought our 258 A property and our second-hand house, we have two dairy cows, a whole herd of cattle, guinea fowl and turkeys have come and gone, much loved dogs have passed on and been replace by a new much loved dog (more to come soon I hope), I've learnt to knit and crochet, we've both made cheese and soap, I've learnt more traditional cooking techniques, Pete's built several beehives and a honey extractor, I was working close to the farm and now I'm working in Brisbane for a while.... I'm sure I could go on.
Some things have stayed the same (here's what I wrote after one year of blogging), our love for animals, our desire to treat animals in our care with respect and dignity, our interest in self-sufficiency and setting up a property from which we can feed ourselves, and our mutual stingyness and inability so spend money on anything until it is definitely broken.
I would by lying if I said I didn't watch the stats on each blog post. I am fascinated to see what people read, what they comment on and how many people visit here each month! I am trying not to focus on that side of the blog because it does feel a little narcissistic, but its hard not to get excited when I post something that results in a lot of interaction.
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I have some links to posts from 2015 that I forgot to put anywhere else:
Getting started with beekeeping - with Vickie
Getting started with Beekeeping - Sally
Beginner beekeepers - wiring frames and foundation
Beginner beekeepers - building frames
Buying honey bees
Simple winter knits for beginners
Threading an overlocker
Planting a perennial pasture
The solar bore pump - part 1
Using compression fittings on poly ag pipe
Guns on farms
How we ended up with a farm
GreenPro - implements for small farms
Knots for the homestead
Kefir for beginners
Raw milk in Australia
What do you feed your dogs?
What is real food?
Using the whole beast
How do you like your eggs?
Watermelon granita recipe
Removing asbestos from our secondhand house
Renovating a Queenslander
The air-conditioning dilemma
Why use natural soaps and salves?
Soap with coffee grounds
Natural soap using beef tallow
Sustainable habits that our visitors find weird
Active transport = frugal exercise
I'm still not using shampoo
Three simple ideas - Use less resources
Natural toothpaste options