Meet the gang!

We are slowly growing our little farm!

Our first animals we got in early summer, were chicks. Before we had moved. Moving with animals is not the easiest but they had just started laying when we moved so it was nice to not have to wait for eggs.

Baby chicks
The Newsies

We ordered 15 from Hoover Hatchery. One chick came with a hurt leg so we called it crutchy and the one barred Plymouth rock that ended up a rooster is Spot Colins and the rest are just “the Newsies” because they all look too alike.

Next are two cute little kitties! Atlas and my idea was Almanac but the kids kept saying Almond Ax so that name has stuck. They are cuddly and wild but luckily like to be outside.

Atlas & Almond Ax
A good reading buddy.

Our pig, Opal! We lost her within hours of getting her back in September but some how, after chasing her through the woods three times, she came back and Anthony pounced on her. I had no idea pigs could scream that loud!

Opal, day 1
Opal

The newest member of our family is our adorable puppy, Tamarack StormBreaker. That’s what happens when no one what’s to actually pick a name, you just use all the name ideas. She is part Anatolian Shepard and part Maremma. While she is a LGD, for now she is mostly learning to guard our house and the kids. Someday soon we hope to have some sheep and maybe a goat to guard. It has been great to have a dog around. Because she was raised in the barn with goats she is still unsure of what to do in the house and has never even explored past the kitchen table and absolutely will not eat or drink out of dog bowls. Though she will eat the kitty food out of theirs!

Tamarack StormBreaker
It’s a good thing she likes snow!

So there they are! Our little farm crew. What animal should we add next?!?

xo Charissa

Welcome to Birch Bark Cottage.

I’ve been so bad at doing any kind of blogging. But with social media going the way it is I feel more inspired to update photos here. So here it is. Our new (well last September), hopefully forever, home. At least the land, we do want to build a bigger house some day.

This photo was from October, not long after moving in. It has been a lot of work to get it to an actual home. It had no power, no water, no insulation, and a whole bunch of other “no’s”. Really just some walls and a couple of windows that needed to be replaced.

So here it is today! We added on two bedrooms and a mudroom area with a second door. We now have solar, though the panels are still in need of a permanent home. We have added some friends (I’ll do a separate post for them) and a lot of snow! There is still much to do but it’s finally feeling like home.

A bear called Paddington

So kid costumes are my thing. I LOVE putting together costumes usually from a favorite movie or book. This year, Remington won a bear bonnet so naturally I had to do my three favorite bears from books. First up is Paddington. The kids actually kept getting the names Paddington and Remington confused before he was born and then wanted to name him Remington Paddington. But that felt like a kind of long name. This costume is so easy. Bear bonnet (or red hat), blue toggle coat with a tag that says “please look after this bear”, a jar of marmalade, and some red boots!

I can’t wait to share our other two bears! And some big kid costumes next week! Any guesses?!?

xoxo

Charissa

Boots from Lone Cone