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Skeffling Lavender Farm on Squidoo - Homesteading, Chickenry, Gardening, Savvy Shopping, Zazzling, Antique Linens!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Where I tend to hang out online - In the forums as Skeffling Lavender Farm
- Euskal Oiloa Chicken Forum
A place to find out more and share what you know about this awesome rare poultry breed | Euskal Oiloa Chicken Forum My own forum, I set up to share what we know about the Euskal Oiloa Basque Chickens and help people find breeders near them!
- Easy Tips on Raising Chickens & Building Henhouses - Making Life Easier for the Chicken Keeper
Hints on building and locating Henhouses, their Plans, Automatic Henhouse Doors, Chicken Incubators, Books, Choosing Chicken Breeds, Our Chickens Articles, Coccidiosis in Chickens FREE Chicken coops Down Load on Henhouses Page
- Poultry Swap Ontario • Index page
Poultry Swap Ontario, your FREE online source to buy/sell/trade livestock and farm related items in Ontario. You can find items/animals for sale in the forums section of the site. We also have a list of hatcheries and poultry supply. Full of crazy c
Canadian Farms Forum - Chickens, Eggs, Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Horses, Pets - Across Canada For Sale And Want Ads Forum Canada`s Biggest Poultry Forum. Always something going on there. I have 6000+ post there! So you`ll see me there!
- Free forum : Western Canada Poultry Swap
A forum dedicated to the buying and selling of quality heritage poultry in Western Canada. A smaller newer site with a nearly all experienced poultry keepers and friends!
- BackYardChickens Forum
A colossal Poultry Forum based in the US but with members worldwide!
- Skeffling on HubPages
My Homesteading Hubs over there. I am so addicted to writing now! I hope it is helpful anyway. lol! Learn how to bid at an auction, make Toad in the hole and not stung by bees when beekeeping!