Kate Michaud

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62 and proud mother of an amazingly skilled daughter who's blazing her way through the Big City in this time of Covid.
Homesteading for 22 years on 32 acres, rural, 10 acres cleared, 22 bush/wood lot. Divers fauna, wildlife, landscape and terrain.
Goats, chickens, horses, zone 1, 2, and 3 gardens.
MA Visual Arts/Anthropology, Historian, Researcher, Logistics, PRI PDC Certified, and Deep Green Permie Practitioner. Hardworking, steadfast, creative thinker, no nonsense confirmed Hermitress and proud Crone,(meaning); "A woman who is venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom".
Zone 4b Ontario, Canada
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Recent posts by Kate Michaud

Hi Kristen.

I gleaned info from different sources;  Permaculture, reenacting, natural building, then developed some design ideas of my own.  
I then sat down and patiently worked out what I thought were the most promising combinations, and got to work.
Made some mistakes that were forgiving (correctable), then held my breath as I lite that first fire.
To do it all again, for sure, I'd change a thing or two, but overall I'm quite happy with it.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago
How can a property owner find out more about the Otis list?

Just as the title reads I'm in need of a partner or I will have to give up this homestead.  
I've been here 23 years now, and want to continue to do so, but let's face it I can't work it alone anymore.
The "partner" could be a cohort, or something more, but must be dedicated to Permaculture homesteading practices.
Gender matters little to me, it's a person's deeds/integrity that impress me.

About me:  

62 with eyes of blue, ginger hair and skin that's fair.  
I'm 5'5", average build (no handles), and dress appropriately for whatever the occasion.
I'm a spiritual being but not religious, intellectual but not a snob.
I consider myself a social philosopher, anthropologist, and historian.  
I do not like heavy metal, country, or rap music.
I'm thrifty but not cheap.
I'm multi skilled, from a needle & thread to basic power tools.
I like building things to helping a doe to kid.
I enjoy letting the livestock be as they are meant to be.  I appreciate their individual personalities.
I'm self-disciplined, and like to maintain my Zen.
I can handle chicken s**t, goat s**t, horse s**t, but will not tolerate bull s**t.
I'm a good listener, and give sound advice when asked.
I have firm convictions, practice mutual respect and expect it in return.
I firmly believe that everyone has the right to clean up their own mess.
I'm so not into Domestic Servitude.
You can find pics in the "Projects" forum, under "Kate's homestead pics".

I had a serious health issue at the beginning of this year, after my most recent test, the Dr. said that I've made an "unexpected and remarkable improvement", but I know it's the Permie Lifestyle that did most of the healing.  Throughout the illness I never stopped doing my chores, nor did I drop any the season's projects on the homestead.  "Take care of the Land, and the Land will take care of you",... That should tell you something.

What do I want in a partner?  Much of what I've expressed in the above.  To use further detail;  strong of body, mind, and spirit, yet gentle, compassionate, Honorable and just of word and in deed.  Someone who works with rather than dominate a situation.  One who can live within and part of the rhythms of the Earth.

Now, I feel I've said quite a bit, and may have missed a thing or two.  
Looking forward to hearing from  and about you here or in a PM.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago
Finally I've managed some pics of my homestead.  I thought it was time to show just how Permaculture can change a landscape.

I myself don't own a smart phone, and won't get yet another digital camera as I have gone through 3 of them over the years (junk).  I have instead patiently waited on those individuals who have taken pics of my place to procure the following.  

Now where the livestock is concerned, they are more in number than shown here, but seeing as they are free-range, it's harder to get a group shot.  When the occasion presents itself I'll post those.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago
Looks like I'll be spending more time on this planet after all.  
Dr. says I've made unexpected and remarkable improvement.
So looking forward to getting back at that Kitchen come Spring!

1 month ago
Sure Glenn!

The base structure is of round timbers in a cruck A frame construction on bedrock, oddly enough held together without nails instead using wire, and a tin roof.  Had pics of that skeleton, but can't find them.  The floor is made of paver stones and the walls are of recycled bricks and stone and a home recipe of slacked lime (putty) and sand.  Walls are some 5' in height and shutters will be installed above that to allow for air flow above in summer.  The shutters will also allow for cooking in inclement weather, and in winter.  Right now this upper section has been tarped off for this winter, not having had time to build the shutters.  There are still 3 layers of lime render that must be applied to the outside, but good for now.  The final coat will be a waterproofing lime render by adding fat to the base recipe.  The interior walls will be rendered also with three layers, and the finishing coat will have my dogs moult hair teased into it for strength.  
Thus far there is the rocket oven built of stone, recycled brick, daub, marine clay, and lime mortar, again all materials found on my property with the exception of the hydrated lime to make putty, got from the hardware store.  Next is a "fire place" to make embers for BBQ and spit cooking in steel fire boxes, or when using dutch ovens.  The fire place again used recycled bricks, then lined that with a home recipe of insulating heat proof then fire proof renders;  putty, marine clay, sand, crushed brick, wood ash, and chaff.  This to allow for expansion with temps fluctuations.  Chimney is made of coffee can cylinders enclosed by the heat resistant mortar.  Heat shields are remnants of tin roofing with spacers.

There is yet to be built 2 rocket stoves, again using the same materials as sited above.  They are to be used with 15 gallon stock pots, and 1 specifically as a copper.   There will be a double stainless steel sinks with drip board, and a enamel laundry sink.  The door is a dutch door, the height of the walls and dutch door are to ensure my goats can't get in, as well as my guardian dog who likes very much to hang out in there.  I intend to install rain barrels along the drip line with a simple hand pump to move water in and out of the kitchen.  So, I'm about 70% done, and have all I need to pick up again once the snows have melted come Spring.

I was only able to dedicate a few hours per day on this project, as homesteading is a divers occupation.  Obviously I've had some help here and there with the heavier aspects of construction, but have been on my own beyond that.  "Not bad" says I, for a 62 year old with an ailing heart.  Apparently my time here is limited, I get the details tomorrow.  Statistically, I've 2 to 3 years at most.  So finishing the kitchen is part of my bucket list.

Cheers!  K
2 months ago
Hi Folks.

Just thought I would post some pics of my lime mortar outdoor kitchen build.  
2 months ago
Good morning Hunter.

Having had milk goats for the past 22 years, may I suggest you leave the new kids on the new mother for a month before milking.  A new mom's udder will develop better with the babies left on for the first month.  Their suckling will increase the flow with their primary source of nutrition being met.  They will naturally strip the mom that increases the production in a way hand milking cannot.  Then you may consider milking the mom once a day, leaving the babies on during the day, and separating over night.  Mom and babies will do better in the long run.  There are occasions when a new mom just hasn't enough production to spare, and we must forgo milking altogether to ensure that both mom and the babies stay healthy.

Cheers!  K
Hi Carrol-Anne.  

Lovely post, sent you a PM.  

Cheers!  K
1 year ago
Hi Amit.

You're doing great, keep up with the natural remedies.  Been treating barn cats, and goats with natural remedies for 2 decades, vets charge way too much for common sense.  Might I add that a good compress of saline hot water (hot water with salt) also does a great job of drawing out infection and drying the wound, then apply the salve of your choice.  Cat (dog, or goat) will be just fine.  

Cheers!  K
1 year ago