Hello Pack. The weather has been cooperating this week, so we have gotten a lot done on our survival homesteading retreat. The rain we have gotten has been extremely minimal. It never ceases to surprise me how much even slightly warm weather and sunshine on your shoulders can vastly improve your mood after a long winter.
Prepping this week has consisted of working on our road and creek. We are still fixing issues created by the massive amount of rain and flooding we endured from basically October through March.
We (meaning my hubby and some male tribe members) used our backhoe to dig a ditch and put in a new culvert to help curtail our septic system and well from backing up after being waterlogged for so dang long. It isn’t smooth sailing on that front entirely yet, but we are getting there.
The trench that goes along our uphill winding dirt ½ mile driveway had to be reworked entirely after it nearly washed out – and the same thing done to “up top hill road” that leads to our top 20 acres.
We also had to untangle three entire sections of fencing that fell into the creek and became packed with debris after a portion of the tallest part of the creek bed fell in after the most recent flood. The flood waters created a new tributary in another section and was dumping all of the water into our lower growing plot and hayfield.
I also “went shopping” in my beloved’s “junque” pile and scavenged an old rabbit hutch, and I’m in the process of turning it into a new chicken coop. Another rabbit hutch that was turned into a chicken brooder is going to be attached to the new coop.
They flocks’ living quarters are going to be in my apothecary patch so they can devour all the bugs that want to eat my herbs, roots, and medicinal plants. I am also going to make chicken wire and wood furring strip covers for the tabletop style growing areas to protect what I am cultivating from the chickens and ducks.
We got a lot more firewood cut, split, and stacked, thanks to the no rain days we have been having. I also sold two goats – yeah, homesteading income! I had a hard time parting with them, but ya can’t actually be a goat breeder if you keep them all, right?
I am sure Whiskey is extremely happy in his new home, he had a plethora of girlfriends eagerly awaiting his arrival. Sunshine will now be the top female goat at her new home, a position I hope she thrives in as well as her mother, Pearl has. Pearl’s two kids are growing nicely, and love hanging out with my horse and free ranging close to their mother’s side.
We have another predator lurking in our woods. It has not gotten any of our livestock (yet) but it is too close for comfort to my barn. I was never a believer in coywolf sightings, but after catching a glimpse of this thing, I believe my mind has been changed.
It was not a typical Eastern coyote, nor was it a wild stray dog of a fox. Whatever it is, its chances for peaceful relocation will evaporate if an armed tribe members catches it near our animals.
This Week’s Questions:
- How do you plant to upcycle “junque” into a prep or homesteading money saver this spring?
- What flooding preps have your learned after the long wet fall and winter?
- Have you encountered any coywolves where you live?