Mount Sunapee Homestead

Writings and Ramblings

For anything that doesn’t quite fit into a neat little category, but still wanted to share!

We’re back and guess what’s coming…

 It’s been a long,  silent spring,  but we’re back!  During our radio silence,  we moved the Homestead (chickens included) and welcomed another future farmer!  But,  it’s time to get back into the swing and welcome the next batch of Homestead critters.  Can you tell what based on this picture?? And,  if anyone wants eggs,  the ladies are laying!!!

How to Start a Blog!

How to start a blog

How to start a blog. I’m taking a slight departure from my normal emails to answer a question frequently asked: How do I start my own blog? Well, I did it the old-fashioned way: got a website and started writing whatever I felt like.  Although I’m usually a huge proponent of old-fashioned, I now know it could have been easier.  A lot easier. Get some professional blog tips! When I started I knew nothing of pinnable images, internet design, blog editing plans and SEO (search engine optimization).  Not to mention, I had no idea that a blog could actually be a source of income and, while I find writing the blog tons of fun, who wouldn’t want to make a little extra? If you’re thinking of starting a blog, my first recommendation is to read.  Read as much as you can.  A little up font planning can go a long way. If you’re looking for a great book to start with, I highly recommend Blog by Number.  Not only does the eBook outline all that you need to know about blogging, it provides: Post-ideas Sample titles Walk through of Pinterest Pinnable samples A great workbook for Google Drive (excel-like) to…
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Mixed Feelings and Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind

My apologies for this photo-less post, but the events unfolded too quickly! We had an exciting morning here on the Homestead; a morning that reminds us that loving animals and living close to the land cuts both ways. It began with barking.  For anyone that knows our dog, that’s nothing extraordinary.  It’s a running joke that Nova barks because somewhere in the world, something is happening.  Well, we tried to pretend the barking wasn’t happening, but it was too late – we were awake.  Disgruntled that he, once again, was incessantly barking we set out to “train” him (ok…holler at him to stop – what can I say?  We’re only human and it was early.) Joke was on us. Nova was doing the job of a good farm dog and alerting us to the fact that there were 2 coyotes skulking around the pig pen.  They also happened to be several feet away from a wild turkey group and our remaining, uncapturable “free range” chickens. Let me tell you, we’re a touch sensitive to predators on the property right now.  We’ve lost 6 chickens to 2 different foxes in the last 2 weeks.  In fact, the last loss was witnessed about…
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A Hearty Homestead Welcome!

Welcome to our Homesteading and Homeschooling adventures! A big Homestead Hello and welcome to our new virtual home! We’ve recently changed hosts to provide you with a cleaner, more efficient and down-right better website experience.  Not to mention, the blog has been modernized and auto-posts to some of our favorite social networks (hello Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!) Newest Ventures In addition to this shiny new website, we’re excited to announce our newest ventures: Homestead Homeschool – We’ll post our best activities, share from fellow homeschoolers and offer some great printables!  Can be great for working mommies who want a little educational downtime too! Homestead Writing Services – Need some help with your blog, newsletter or have a story in mind?  Shoot us an email (!  We can help! The Quill – Ok, not technically new.  Just a new name for our blog.  Check us out! Calling all turkey orders!  We have a few birds left for orders:  taking reservations for your Thanksgiving table! For some more updates on livestock additions, Homestead happenings and more, keep reading!   Livestock News! In other big Homestead news, we’ve added 12 turkeys, 6 laying hens and one very lucky Beta fish (name to be determined) to our…
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