We brought all of our hens and a few roosters with us when we evacuated to Orangeburg. We put together a makeshift chicken yard for the hens incorporating the crate we brought them in as a part of the fencing. There is tarp across the top now since a few decided to be escape artists. Two legwork hens flew down from a cypress tree where they roosted. So we have to catch them and put a few back each day. Some are laying here but not all, they are adjusting to the stress of moving and a new location too. Tony saw some people we know from St Helena who also are in Orangeburg now. They experienced a great deal of damage to their house and property and all of their chickens died too. There will be a lot of starting over for many in the Lowcountry. We thank God our fellow island neighbors,are alive and well. #PostHurricaneMatthew #Cleanup.
I started working on this blanket a month ago, got busy with fall planting, then picked it up again during the time we evacuated during #HurricaneMatthew So I finally finished this the Tag Along Blanket, a free pattern from #RedHeartYarn. There is a video tutorial presented by Marly Bird with great instructions and tips. #crochet #Homestead
This week my daughter Sarah and I are traveling with the Gullah Farmer’s Cooperative and the South Carolina State University 1890 Extension Service to attend the National Small Farms Conference in Virginia. We left our home on St Helena Island Tuesday morning to meet the other members of the travel group and board the bus in Orangeburg on the campus of SCSU where we began our journey to Virginia Beach.
We are among a group of small minority farmers from the state of South Carolina who are affiliated with the 1890 Extension Service of South Carolina State University. Each 1890 Extension cluster is represented by a small group of farmers from the area it represents and serves. We appreciate the opportunity to attend this conference and represent our community.
From bottom to top the photos represent our travel from,just outside of Orangeburg to our arrival in Virfina Beach and the conference center. Now on to attending the sessions, networking and learning more about our work.
I try to participate in Meatless Monday as much as possible. This muffin recipe looks very interesting and I plan to try them soon.
These gluten free muffins contrast sweet strawberries with sour lemon juice and herbal lavender. Try pressing a quartered strawberry on top of the muffins before baking to give this breakfast bread a refreshingly sweet finish.
#MeatlessMonday, #Muffins, #Lavender, #Strawberries, #Lemon #HomeschoolChef #HomesteadCooking
For our family summer reading this is a “ReadAgain” suggested by Meagan and Sarah. This is a family favorite we re-visited. Great choice! Listening to an audio version is cool, this one has a good narrator.
We finished listening to The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I: Books 1 & 2 (Unabridged) by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, narrated by Mark Hamill on my Audible app.
Try Audible and get it free: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B002V0QXFS&source_code=AFAORWS04241590G4
I posted this on our family homestead blog and thought would share it here as well. If you play tennis then you may relate to this story. Happy Friday!
New blog post – http://goo.gl/BCNuQN #FBF #Tennis #USTA #HBCU #BlackTennis #Recreation #RaceRelations #AmericanTennisAssociation #Gullah
It’s been really busy around here lately. The incubator has been on steady for several weeks, chicks have hatched and we bought ducklings. Sadly we lost two grown hens and one rooster.
The State Park system is one of the wonderful gifts from a state to its citizens. These places are natural refuges or historical sites, or both. They provide us with places to go and whether near or far from our homes, to experience nature or history anew. This park is only a short drive from my hometown, Orangeburg, South Carolina. It is along the shore of Lake Marion where some of the best fishing in the southeastern United States can be done. Fishing is one of the reasons my family went to the park. Many a Saturday my father took my brother and me out to fish at Santee. Our fishing canes, dad’s rod and reel, container of worms, and another of crickets we caught in the yard just before leaving, a cooler or a string to put our catch on and great anticipation of the fun we would have.
The park was also the location of many events sponsored by organizations. Annual cookouts and picnics were held there. There was a mini golf course I enjoyed and paddle boats to rent and later a playground. In one occasion I walked the naure trail with a group and saw more of the park that I’d ever seen before.
During visit my father shared about his work at the park. During the 1960s he was director of a program called Operation Mainstream. One of the jobs O.M. did was clearing certain areas in the property of Santee State Park. He told me if a lake that mysteriously disappeared and if a very old tree that was uncovered. The reason for the disappearance of the lake was not determined.
State Parks have programs and classes to teach us about the nature and history of the area. Rangers are on hand and often additional staff in some parks to give tours and talks. The park nearest my home is Hunting Island State Park and there are many activities available for the public to participate in.
Over the years we have enjoyed including park programs into our homeachool year. These programs meet many academic standards for science and history or social studies. A state park pass is a valuable resource to aid in learning or leisure. Please support and visit your state park and those of other states as, often as possible. Enjoy nature found there, go bird watching, study the tribes that lives or still live in that area, paddle the waterways, home the trails, camp in the campground, study and the trees, fish, swim, relax and gain an appreciation for creation and the Creator.
- Area Photographs
- Art Exhibit
- Bible Study
- Civil Rights Movements
- Civil War
- Crochet Crafts
- Driving in the SC Low Country
- Family Time
- Gullah Geechie Culture
- Health and wellness
- Home School
- Homestead Animals
- Hunting Island
- Local Beauty
- Lowcountry Scenes
- National Poetry Month
- Organic gardening
- Penn Center
- Performance Review
- Spiritual Growth
- St. Helena Island
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Sustainable Living
- Therapy Dogs
- True Woman
- Up coming Events
- Weekkly Challenge
- York Bailey Museum