April 22nd, 2014

New family portraits with the puppy of my destruction, Burdock… will he ever cease chewing on everything?!

Burdock Wood Buzzard is turning out to be a real fine Mountain dog.  Now we just need sheep…

Burdock Wood Buzzard is turning out to be a real fine Mountain dog. Now we just need sheep…

Atlas and Puttyfoot.

Atlas and Puttyfoot.

Rainbow sunsets and neverending good days at the Mountain.

We got 8 hens and a rooster up the Mountain. …and a chicken coop, two bales of straw, fencing, misc. chicken goods and a beer.

2 1/2 miles of terrible mountain road? Doesn’t stand a chance against Puttyfoot Peppercorn.

April 19th, 2014
Puttyfoot Peppercorn got himself a chicken coop attachment!  And, we’re about to go pick up a small collection of new hens + a rooster.  Aho chicken t.v. on the Mountain!

Puttyfoot Peppercorn got himself a chicken coop attachment! And, we’re about to go pick up a small collection of new hens + a rooster. Aho chicken t.v. on the Mountain!

April 7th, 2014

I don’t do videos. :p but we’d love any help you can give. Blessings!

Well, after a few difficulties, we finally got Puttyfoot up the two and a half mile old road to our off the grid cabin. Prepare for sweet firewood harvesting parties and mountain shananagins.

We also got our second humanure outhouse moved, grey water system setup and filtered spring water to the lodge yesterday!

Heather darling and I have a new family member, living on the Mountain with us.

Everybody, meet Burdock Wood Buzzard.
He is a Burmese Mountain Dog/Collie mix.

March 24th, 2014
Well, it didn’t make sense to hike everything 2 1/2 miles for the whole year.  We have to get the manure, supplies and livestock up the Mountain somehow.  

Soooooo, I’m now the owner of a giant farm truck. :) 
1984 Ford F-150

Well, it didn’t make sense to hike everything 2 1/2 miles for the whole year. We have to get the manure, supplies and livestock up the Mountain somehow.

Soooooo, I’m now the owner of a giant farm truck. :)
1984 Ford F-150

Bear Cone / Conopholis americana

A small spiked plant approximately 3 to 7 inches in height that resembles a pinecone.  They grow in little clusters all around our property, primarily at the base of oak trees.

A decoction can be used to treat hemorrhages of the bowels and uterus and as a cure for headaches.  The name Squawroot is attributed to its use by Native American females as a treatment to relieve the symptoms of menopause.  The name Cancerroot is a generic reference to its general palliative properties, as it has no measurable anti-tumor properties.

Bear Cone / Conopholis americana

A small spiked plant approximately 3 to 7 inches in height that resembles a pinecone. They grow in little clusters all around our property, primarily at the base of oak trees.

A decoction can be used to treat hemorrhages of the bowels and uterus and as a cure for headaches. The name Squawroot is attributed to its use by Native American females as a treatment to relieve the symptoms of menopause. The name Cancerroot is a generic reference to its general palliative properties, as it has no measurable anti-tumor properties.

March 23rd, 2014
Wood stove studyin’.

  Ladybird and I have been studying (aka kicking ass) and taking names (literally) of as much of the Plant Medicine and edibles as we can around the five hundred acre property we are stewarding, since we got here.  I’m trying to get a head start, before Spring really hits and I’m overwhelmed with all the plant life, and have been feeling very encouraged with my progress.  Thankfully, we have a wealth of knowledgeable teachers/reference manuals/etc.

Wood stove studyin’.

Ladybird and I have been studying (aka kicking ass) and taking names (literally) of as much of the Plant Medicine and edibles as we can around the five hundred acre property we are stewarding, since we got here. I’m trying to get a head start, before Spring really hits and I’m overwhelmed with all the plant life, and have been feeling very encouraged with my progress. Thankfully, we have a wealth of knowledgeable teachers/reference manuals/etc.

Made a cold infusion with Black/Sweet Birch.Betula lenta, or a ti sv gi by the Cherokee Indians, a bark and/or twig tea was traditionally used to treat bladder infections, digestive problems, gout, and kidney stones.  Used for sore muscles and pain relief as well.

It has a very intense wintergreen smell when the fresh twigs are snapped.

I’ve been keeping a steady “Old Man Work Trade” batch of Sweet Birch, chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and coffee on the wood stove to drink throughout the day.

Made a cold infusion with Black/Sweet Birch.
Betula lenta, or a ti sv gi by the Cherokee Indians, a bark and/or twig tea was traditionally used to treat bladder infections, digestive problems, gout, and kidney stones. Used for sore muscles and pain relief as well.

It has a very intense wintergreen smell when the fresh twigs are snapped.

I’ve been keeping a steady “Old Man Work Trade” batch of Sweet Birch, chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and coffee on the wood stove to drink throughout the day.

Ain’t nothin’ like a snow day.

Getting my Umbilicaria mammulata dinner on.

Getting my Umbilicaria mammulata dinner on.