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Skeffling Lavender Farm on Squidoo - Homesteading, Chickenry, Gardening, Savvy Shopping, Zazzling, Antique Linens!

Updated on December 5, 2014

I write about chickens, and anything else I like!

I have learned a few cool things about farming, self sufficiency, shopping, life and thought I`d share them on Squidoo. I have been on Squidoo since April and wanted to share a little. I immigrated to Canada in 1989 with my family from England. I guess you could say Skeffling is my hometown and my Grandmother still lives there.

For the past 4 years we have had very rare heritage breed chickens and a small Lavender Farm up near the rugged Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. Making soaps, lotions and sachets is fun but I can't keep up!

Oh, and for those wondering, my sister knitted my hat for Christmas last year! That picture was taken Christmas Day!

Homesteader & Jam Maker

Sharing recipes and how-tos on jam making is great. I don't know what gives me more pleasure, harvesting the fruit on a warm sunny afternoon with my honey bees buzzing around, creating the crystal clear jellies and jam, packed with fruit, or enjoying that jam on a warm, freshly-baked croissant. No matter really.

When my sister and I were little, my Mum used to make jam with us watching on from the doorway so we didn't get splashed with the hot sugary jam. She was always so strict about how we'd get burned if we go too close. It didn't stop us both independently as adults making our own jam. With long-sleeved shorts and tea-towel over us for further protection!

So I learned about jams, jellies, salsa and chutney making, and pickling. I have a musty, ingredient-stained collection of old Women's Institute and other specific jelly making books to prove it. And the row upon row of jars with treats in the pantry. I have made cheese, wine, bread and other goodies too. Hope I can share some tasty recipes here on Infobarrel!

Organic Gardener

Homesteading necessitates gardening, harvesting goodies to store for the rest of the year. I love my raised bed garden and make it as little work as possible. The raised bed garden is ornamental so I can sit in there with a cup of tea, til the urge to just pull one or two weeds hits.

This is our 4th vegetable garden in 11 years as we have moved a few times. But the raised beds just get better and easier with a simpler layout when we set them up. We were so lucky to read "The Vegetable Gardeneners Bible" when it first came out and totally did it the easy way after the first summer of trying to mulch with hay then mowing the weeds and twitch grass between our long rows of veggies as it got away on us! You know, when you pull the vicious knitting needle twitch grass root out of a tiny 2" onion bulb it squeaks.

Chickenry

We are fine tuning our set-up to make it easier!

In the last 4 years we have had over 40 rare breeds and have distilled it down to the ones we adore! And have a few articles on them already! I still want to try a few more Heritage breeds, Buckeyes, and Faverolles for sure. I know about chicken psychology (you have to when you have them), breeds, quirks, handling, taming, medically, and recipes. Did I say recipes!? Waste not want not.

Having chickens is fun and should be easy but can be tiring and a chore, like looking after any pet. We've had some ideas to take the back-break out of it (when you have lots) and give you some freedom.

If anyone needs help with chicken problems, let me know. I am happy to help and it may save you losing birds. Having chickens is fun and should be easy but can be tiring and a chore. Sharing chicken care tips may make your life easier. http://easychickenry.com/

This is the book to get you hooked! - It got me hooked on chooks!

Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Emus, Guinea Fowl, Ostriches, Partridges, Peafowl, Pheasants, Quails, Swans
Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Emus, Guinea Fowl, Ostriches, Partridges, Peafowl, Pheasants, Quails, Swans

This awesome book is loaded with beautiful pictures of rare poultry breeds. There is tons of useful information on temperament, breed colours, standards and egg-laying abilities. I have had mine 4 years and still use it as a reference! The tricky thing is not using it as a catalogue! If you get it you will be hooked! You should see the cockeral on page 112. I have one and he is such a pet!

 

Antique Linen Dealer

I sold Antique Linens on Ebay for 8 or 9 years. I was Mill*Pond*Cottage. Still am really, but no time with the farm. I have a few treasures I still have and one day I will list them! I love restoring fine linens to their original clean, smooth beauty then photographing the linens and capturing them in that clean state.

I taught myself about antique linens after buying 3 rare rare books in Boxes at auction for $1 and and $40, looked them up on ABE Books, then spent the $1200 US I made, on books on Linens as I knew nothing before! I love restoring fine linens to their original clean, smooth beauty then photographing the linens and capturing them in that clean state. Then I got a kick out of researching and describing and sharing them with the world, with people who were thrilled to buy them. Very addictive stuff!

Ecologist

I did a degree in Ecology and Environmental Science as well and can identify all manner of trees, plants and birds. Even in high school in Withernsea, I loved ecology and was may favourite part of my A levels. Way better than physics!

Part of why we live here is because of the field trips from University to the wild Bruce Peninsula! Even in high school in Withernsea, I loved ecology and was may favourite part of my A levels. Way better than physics! Ugh. Now we have 15 acres of woods to walk through that are all ours!

Looking for Homesteading books - Check these out or search on your own!

I'd love for you to say Hi! I am meeting more squidooers all the time!! - And if you liked our page, feel free to vote or 'Like' us! Cheers.

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      G'mornin', Claire - just reading through more of your lenses. As always, most excellent!

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      BeadCatz 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. We are partial homesteaders: we do as much as our property will allow. I love my chickens and we recently started container gardening. Great Lens

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      my middle daughter and I talk so much about homesteading.....I would love to give it a good try, at least for many aspects of life.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very beautiful lens. Blessed because of your lifestyle as much as the lens, you have made the American dream come through in your own way.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Love it--wish I was as good as you at homesteading.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just beautiful and down to earth. :)

      Cheers!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @skefflingecho: Ha stalker, I try to hide from stalkers. If I visited I would refuse to come back to the UK. I would just pog myself in a little corner of your 100 acres and hide from all these annoying neighbours I have.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @anonymous: Hey Stalker woman, fancy seeing you here!! Yes this is me! If you need any help let me know, I'd love to see you get going in Squidoo more!

      You can't see it in the picture but I have a lovely view from the veggie garden over our 100 acres, you can't see any houses just trees and fields! You should come and visit some time!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @oxfordian: Thanks Oxfordian! You will have one like it! I love spendign time in mine and if you organize it right, most of the work is planting and harvesting with very little weeding! Thanks for stopping by! Good to see you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hiya hun. Finally decided to hunt you down here as well. Now I feel like a stalker haha. Love reading this lens. I am so jealous of your veg garden, it is so well constructed.

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      What a beautiful garden you have! I want one just like it!

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      HI skeffling, loving your lens and your lifestyle! I also love growing vege's and making jams and chutney's. Only made my 11th jams n chutney's last year and have had to buy myself a welshdresser to store all the goodies in!

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Hi, skeffling! You live the life I want to live. It will be a while before I can afford to purchase a farm, though. Thanks for visiting my lenses. I will be reading more of your lenses. I think you are interested in many of the same things I am. Love the chicken hat!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @Linda Pogue: Thanks Gramma Linda for stopping by and saying hi. My sis knitted the hat! I had to wait and it was well worth working for. If you want it badly enough, you'll find a way, Even just an acre or so few acres will get you a good veggie garden and chickens etc. We used to go and pick out our fruit at a pick-your-own farm, and them make jam as if we had grown it ourselves! We have had the farm nearly 5 years but started the gardening and canning etc wherever we were for the 12 years before! I have more homesteading articles on Info barrel and Hubpages too! I have so many I want to write yet! Looking forward to reading more of your lenses too!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @juliannegentile: Wow 6 years! That's great! Thanks so much for popping in and say Hi! I consider my self very lucky!

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      Julianne Gentile 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Hi! It's lovely to meet you. I've been on Squidoo for 6 years now and I hope you enjoy it here. Your lifestyle sounds wonderful.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @goo2eyes lm: Thanks for commenting! I loved your lens. My Stepmother is from the Southern Philippines and she has some interesting chicken stories! I guess they are more of a man's bird there and the ladies don't deal with them much. Hope you selp well!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      nice to meet you and thank you for blessing one of my lenses. i know how to castrate chickens. i learned it in my agriculture 101 course. i hope peta won't run after me. i will come back to you. i have to sleep. it is midnight in our part of our world.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @KiwiSanet: Thanks Sanet for stopping in and your kind comment, I consider myself very lucky. I love working on the farm.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      @Pam Irie: Hi Veryirie, thanks for dropping by and saying Hi! I don't think I could ever get bored and you are right there is always something to do here!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      What a wonderful place to live! Your likes are so versatile. I think there is absolutely no way you could ever get bored (not enough time to do that.) lol

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      KiwiSanet 5 years ago

      Your life sounds wonderful!