Jane Mulberry

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Jesus-following retired RN, writer, and tomboy who never grew out of loving to play in the dirt and bash nails into chunks of wood. Currently living in the UK, spending as much time as I can in rural Bulgaria, and hoping to talk my very English hubby into making the move there!
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If I saw the "giant tadpole" in our pond, I would think it was a newt! It looks like the ones we get here in the UK.
2 days ago
How do you ferment your grains, Meli?
3 days ago
We don't have a "proper" greywater system, but we use a washing up bowl in the kitchen sink and the contents are used for watering plants, as well as a bucket to catch the first cold shower water. We use only safe natural cleaners, so water in the cleaning bucket or clothes washing bowl all goes out into the garden, too.

Summers are very dry, so my goal is to set up an outdoor kitchen sink and shower for summer use, which will drain into a garden area.
3 days ago
Ben, I believe the usual process if you're doing poured cob is  to remove the grass and all the topsoil layer. Even for a barn or workshop, if you want a good solid floor that preparation will make a difference.  Mark gave a good reply to another comment further up the thread about the best way to lay a cob floor.

The floors in some rooms of my Bulgarian cottage are just plain beaten earth with lino over the top. It looks to be high clay content soil with no organic matter in it. After fifty years, apart from where the roof leaked and water damaged some areas, the floors are surprising hard and solid.
3 weeks ago
How horrible and heartbreaking! So many losses, and the hardest part must be the proof that you are on your own with everything you want done.
Today you do need to let yourself grieve the huge losses, of animals, of faith in your partner, of hope things could be different.
Tomorrow might be the day to re-examine your plans and find ways to work only with what you can do yourself. When spouses have different goals, there may still be a way through to work cooperatively to each help the other achieve their goals. But to minimize the level of conflict and disappointment, starting over with what you alone can do might be a healthier place.
3 weeks ago
I read that as asking buyers not to photocopy what they need then sell the book on immediately during the same school year they are using materials from it.

It would be both mean and illogical to ban any sales or donation of the book at all after use, which is the only other way to interpret it. $25 is a lot to pay for what in that case would be a single use workbook, especially as by definition most homeschooling families are going to be single income at best, and may not have a lot of spare cash.

I am an author, so I'm a tad touchy about copyright, but there is also fair use. I agree with Mark that the intent, though poorly worded, is most likely to stop people in effect selling the book while they are still using it for lessons.
3 weeks ago
Brooke, I hope in the week since you posted you've been able to rest and be gentle with yourself and your expectations of what you can do.

I hear in what you've posted in response to other comments that you're a strong, courageous, creative person. Celebrate those strengths, give thanks for what you already achieved, and try not to expect that you can do more than you can (a common issue for strong, courageous, creative people!).

Feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done is hard, and it's also part of homestead life. I see it as a sign that rather than pushing harder, you need to look for the small ways you can build extra rest into your day. There's always going to be a To Do list that's impossible to complete, that's part of taking on big challenges. Prioritise, do what you can do, surrender what you can't do today to another day.

That can be hard, especially when your plans and dreams were made with two people working together not just you working alone. Hugs on that loss, which you need to let yourself grieve.

If it really is too much for one person to do, hopes need to be adjusted to only what one person can realistically handle. Or i s there any way you can get help with all that needs to be done? Maybe offer a camp site or RV parking space in return for the person helping with the work and getting some homesteading experience?
3 weeks ago
Joshua, wow! If you contact a local beekeepers group, they will be able to advise you what to do and will probably come out an help for no fee. Smoking the area should make them leave, and then there are tricks for enticing bees into a new home, like using lemon grass oil. Once the bees are out, block where they get in. Though those don't look like an actual swarm, it's too early in the season and not enough bees, they could decide to take up residence there if something's not done soon.
1 month ago
Ugh! I've been thinking of getting one of these for out outhouse, but it sounds quite a common problem with this model. I hope you can find an easier solution to the blockage, Lisa.
1 month ago