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Building the Horse Barn – Photos of Progress

Building the Horse Barn

This is the story and journey of my horse barn build. Originally documented on my Instagram account, I thought it would be fun to compile it all here on Daddykirbs.com!

Horse Barn – Site Assessment and Stakes

It’s not a horse barn, but it’s a start. 36 feet long and 12 feet deep. That should accommodate 2 horses and a hay storage room just fine. I was a bit concerned that this Continue reading Building the Horse Barn – Photos of Progress

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Do Pill Bugs Eat Young Plants? The Great Debate!

Do Pill Bugs Eat Young Plants? The Great Debate!
The evidence is all around me. Pill Bugs eat more than just decaying matter.

You know we plant our seeds, we tend to the young seedlings then we take that huge leap of faith by planting the young plants in the garden. Now, I admit… I make mistakes. Many times the failure of my plants is clearly my fault. This time I may still be at fault, but it will be because I’m providing beautiful habitat for legions of Pill Bugs!

Do Pill Bugs Eat Young Plants? The Great Debate! Continue reading Do Pill Bugs Eat Young Plants? The Great Debate!

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #3

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 Welcome!

What is Simple Saturdays Blog Hop?
Simply put, it’s a link-up for each of us to share the various ways that we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!
Every Saturday this Blog Hop will be brought to you by a group of wonderful gals & guys committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.
Come join us, submit YOUR Simply Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around and visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How’To’s! Remember to “LIKE” your favorites!

This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

 What Can I Post?

Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance….
This may include topics such as:
Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!
*Make sure and include either a text link or the blog hop button below (copy/save) back to the Blog Hop. You could also include the following button in your sidebar of your site if you like:
Simple Saturdays Blog Hop
 
 (Copy/Paste and insert in your sidebar)

 How Can I Be a Featured Blogger?

By linking up! Our featured blogger is chosen each week at random by our Co-hosts…and we hope to have YOU as our next featured blogger!
If you are selected as “Featured”, make sure and grab your button (just copy/paste):
simple saturdays featured button
Please note: By linking to this Blog Hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include 1 photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way.

Congratulations to our Featured Blogger:

hatching chicks
Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living loved this post because choosing to hatch chicks via incubator or broody hen can be a tough choice to make. The Free Range Life’s post on hatching eggs lays out the pro’s & con’s of each method, helping you decide which way is best for your needs.
HOP on over at The Free Range Life and browse around!
 Let the blogging begin…
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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #2

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 Welcome!

What is Simple Saturdays Blog Hop?

Simply put, it’s a link-up for each of us to share the various ways that we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Every Saturday this Blog Hop will be brought to you by a group of wonderful gals & guys committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.

Come join us, submit YOUR Simply Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around and visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How’To’s! Remember to “LIKE” your favorites!

This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Homestead Bloggers Network

Heather @ The Homesteading Hippy

Heather @ Green Eggs and Goats

Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living

Ariana @ Truth Peace Love

Andrea @ It Takes Time

Lesa @ Better Hens and Gardens

Teri @ Homestead Honey

Blake @ Daddykirbs

Meredith @ Imagineacres

Janet @ Timber Creek Farmer

Kat @ Simply Living Simply

Kay @ Green Organic Mamas

 

How Can I Be a Guest Co-host?

Guest Co-hosts are selected by your peers.  When people go to submit a post or check out the Blog Hop they have the option to “LIKE” the entries.  The post with the most “LIKES” is next weeks Guest Co-host!

If your selected as a Guest Co-Host, don’t forget to grab your button and tell the world! (just copy/save)

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Congratulations to the Guest Co-Host of the week:

Taylor Made Ranch

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Hope For the Best, Prepare For The Worst

Your post had the most votes for the week!

What Can I Post?

Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance….

This may include topics such as:

Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!

*Make sure and include either a text link or the blog hop button below (copy/save) back to the Blog Hop. You could also include the following button in your sidebar of your site if you like:

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop
 

 (Copy/Paste and insert in your sidebar)

 

How Can I Be a Featured Blogger?

By linking up! Our featured blogger is chosen each week at random by our Co-hosts…and we hope to have YOU as our next featured blogger!

If you are selected as “Featured”, make sure and grab your button (just copy/paste):

simple saturdays featured button

Please note: By linking to this Blog Hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include 1 photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way.

 

Congratulations to our Featured Blogger:

The Free Range Life

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Best Dairy Goat Breed for the Small Farm

The Homesteading Hippy likes this post because “I live in a small area, and this helped us decided on goat breeds to try again.” And it could help you too…make sure and check it out!

 

Let the blogging begin…

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #1

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 Welcome!

What is Simple Saturdays Blog Hop?

Simply put, it’s a link-up for each of us to share the various ways that we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Every Saturday this Blog Hop will be brought to you by a group of wonderful gals & guys committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.

Come join us, submit YOUR Simply Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around and visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How’To’s! Remember to “LIKE” your favorites!

This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Homestead Bloggers Network

Heather @ The Homesteading Hippy

Heather @ Green Eggs and Goats

Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living

Ariana @ Truth Peace Love

Andrea @ It Takes Time

Lesa @ Better Hens and Gardens

Teri @ Homestead Honey

Blake @ Daddykirbs

Meredith @ Imagineacres

Janet @ Timber Creek Farmer

Kat @ Simply Living Simply

Kay @ Green Organic Mamas

 

How Can I Be a Guest Co-host?

Guest Co-hosts are selected by your peers.  When people go to submit a post or check out the Blog Hop they have the option to “LIKE” the entries.  The post with the most “LIKES” is next weeks Guest Co-host!

If your selected as a Guest Co-Host, don’t forget to grab your button and tell the world! (just copy/save)

simple saturdays guest

What Can I Post?

Anything and everything related to a more Simple way of life OR Self Reliance….

This may include topics such as:

Homesteading, Prepping, Gardening, Cooking/recipes/food, Livestock of all varieties, Off-grid, Natural Living, Wellness/wholeness and Healthcare, Herbal, DIY & MYO!

*Make sure and include either a text link or the blog hop button below (copy/save) back to the Blog Hop. You could also include the following button in your sidebar of your site if you like:

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

 (Copy/Paste and insert in your sidebar)

 

How Can I Be a Featured Blogger?

By linking up! Our featured blogger is chosen each week at random by our Co-hosts…and we hope to have YOU as our next featured blogger!

If you are selected as “Featured”, make sure and grab your button (just copy/paste):

simple saturdays featured button

Please note: By linking to this Blog Hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include 1 photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way.

Let the blogging begin…

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I’m a relatively new blogger… in fact I’m relatively new to “the simple life”. My family moved out of the city to the country so we could pursue this “simple life”. I do have a goal to be more self reliant. Actually I like the idea of being more “community reliant”.  There is a lot of “self” in there, but living a life of complete self reliance would be to alienate ourselves from those around us. I know sometimes we think we want that but I kinda like the idea of being able to go ask the neighbor for some eggs if I need it. Likewise that neighbor can come to me. This is a relationship. We were designed for such community.

Farm Fresh Eggs

I do whole heartedly believe that we need to, as a culture, return to a more simple life. Simple in that we don’t run around all the time in pursuit of the next great thing. Always hungry to consume with little consideration of how that prevents us from appreciating this life and the love of our families. Truthfully the simple life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it downright hard. Clearing a fence row, stretching a fence, sowing a field, butchering chickens, being patient with the kids while you are trying to teach them important lessons on the homestead.  Yes, those things can be a chore… but so rewarding and when the day is done you get to sit with your family and admire what you did. There is satisfaction and healthy pride in seeing what you can do by working together.

Our first experience collecting honey from our hive.

Growing food and raising chickens are my two biggest passions here on our little homestead. These are two important skills for my family if we lose the ability to go to the store. Even more than being concerned about losing that ability… I like the idea of feeding my kids things that are grown without chemicals.

Nectarines from the Daddykirbs Orchard

With every new sprout from a seed I planted and with every chick that hatches on our farm I understand why so many homesteaders are willing to give up the rat race. We here on the daddykirbs farm are learning more every day about living a life that is full of reward. We are so far away from self reliance, but we are a little closer every day.

Moments like this make it all worth it.

Thank you for being a part of my growing experience by hanging out with me here on my blog 🙂


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