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Acorns on a tin roof

acorns-on-a-tin-roof

A gust of wind through the towering oak trees above sends down a smattering of acorns, cracking on the tin roof of 26 Goodines’ Way. It’s rainy and dismal on this cool, mid-October day, but the crackling woodstove keeps things warm and cozy inside the homestead, with the makings for chili cooking in the crockot. The property is an understated… Read more »

Laying hens for sale

laying hens for sale

As we gear up to move Runamuk from Starks to Norridgewock I’m preparing to construct a temporary hoop-coop for the laying flock, since there isn’t a readily available coop or barn at Paul’s place. I’ll document the whole project for you in an upcoming article, but for now just know that I’ve made my design, and I’m gathering the materials… Read more »

Moving beehives

Hives on the truck

The sky was just beginning to lighten Saturday morning as I went out to the apiary with scissors and a wet sponge. The bees were not yet active so it was an ideal time to close up hives in preparation for moving. I manage a few hives for Ernie and Gwen Hilton of Hyl-Tun Farm in Starks; just as mine… Read more »

Digging in

ireses around the well

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than two weeks since Runamuk and I became residents of Starks. This was our third move in the last six months, and like all of the other moves there has been a period where I was once again without internet access. That, coupled with the business of settling into the farmhouse, getting… Read more »

The new farm

blueberry bushes

With just 3 weeks left til moving day, I’m looking forward to getting to work bringing Jim Murphy’s old farm back to life. But before I get to dig in there, I first have to get through a marathon work-spree. I haven’t had the chance to share with my readers and followers that not too long ago I went into my… Read more »

Carpe Diem: 2014; Moving forward with our farm expansion

solstice gifts from santa

We’re finally moved in at the new homestead and the family is settling back into our familiar routines.  With my kitchen unpacked, I am at long last able to get back to my typical Sunday baking habit–admittedly, homemaking (cooking, baking, cleaning, etc.) is not my most favorite of activities, but baking my own breads really seems to make a place… Read more »

Runamuk is finally going home!

runamuk apiary_dec 2013

There were times when the obstacles seemed insurmountable, times when I all but despaired of ever reaching my goal–when the dream of returning to the forested hillside where I found my salvation appeared forever out of reach; but I am finally able to say that yesterday, Friday, December 13th of this year 2013–we met with the lawyer handling our real… Read more »

Hooray! A new well!

well-drilling

It’s strange that something so trivial as a well being drilled on our property should bring such excitement–but it does.  The first time we lived at this property we did not have a fancy drilled well–or plumbing at all for that matter.  We made use of one of the old dug wells on the farm and hoisted water up out… Read more »

The arrival of the new homestead at Runamuk

moving the trailer into place

On Wednesday the new mobile home was brought in to Runamuk. Here she is sitting in the driveway while the Ames crew does some last minute site-prep. This is what the mobile home company designed to be the back of the home, but I decided it will be the front of our home–mainly because it has a kitchen window that… Read more »

Getting underway for the big move

heavy equipment at Runamuk

The word came early this morning that our new trailer had arrived at the Ames Mobile Home Center in Canaan, and the Ames’ crew were bound for our farm-site with equipment and machinery.  Barely able to contain ourselves we drove out to meet them. When we arrived we were greeted by the sight of heavy equipment, a welcome change after… Read more »

A Thanksgiving Homecoming!

forest path

At the start of the year I’d deemed 2013 the “Year of the House”.  I do that…give a theme to each year, and a word to live by.  I pick a handful of very specific goals for the year–not a resolution, but–improvements of my person or my life, goals that I want to accomplish, and the word and theme that… Read more »

Longing for home…

forested path

We lived there once before…did I ever mention that? The site of the Runamuk farm of tomorrow.  My blog was known then as The Scientific Homeschool, and I was raising babies in the woods without plumbing.  I put together the “Chronological History of the World Unit-Studies for Secular Homeschoolers” (yeah-say that 3 times fast!) –so important was it to me… Read more »

So close and yet so far away…

fail

I haven’t written in a while, I know.  It’s been a difficult summer for me, to say the least.  And it’s been hard enough to admit to myself that we’re not moving, let alone admitting it to the world in writing here on the blog. We’ve attempted construction loans with 2 banks, and failed.

Farm-site progress report

It’s long process when you’re building your farm from the ground up. I knew this when we chose this route–we could have bought an established homestead with less hassle that would have given us a jump on our farming ambitions. But with land in the family that we are historically tied to, leaving Burns Road just was not an option. … Read more »

1st beehive moved to the new farm-site!

It was a family affair yesterday morning as we moved the first of our hives to what will soon be the new home of the Runamuk farm.  Currently we have a total of 6 hives.  4 reside at Medicine Hill, an organic farm in Starks–just 6 miles away, and 2 have been happily situated in our backyard here at the… Read more »