I don’t post as much as I used too now homesteading , making food from scratch and raising three small homeschooled children takes an enormous amount of time.In the evening I have a few hours to crochet for my Etsy store orders before going to bed so I thought it might be nice to share a post on what a typical day at home looks like.Morning timeOur 16 month old wakes us up usually By pulling our hair, slapping our face, doing gymnastics between us. By then our 5 year old has been woken and we have cuddles in bed.We rise have coffee and I make breakfast usually something cooked such as sourdough, eggs, muffins, pancakes ectThis morning we had French toast, Dane goes out to do the outside chores done which include watering the gardens and feeding the chickens and rabbits. The children and I do some onside jobs and some school work or craft.Today on my list was salting 5 pork bellies for bacon.After this I started another sourdough ready for tomorrow morningI make a tea from our own dried chammomile and lemon balm to sip on as I often forget to drink water during the day being so busy.During this time the kids have been playing and my toddler has gone into the carrier on my back.I’ve made up a batch of cherry blossom syrup, cookies and sushi for lunch and now it’s 10amWe eat on the deck then meet a delivery driver with a truck load of compost for the garden beds then it’s time to put our 16month old down for a nap.Dane is busy moving soil now and we a just checked on chicks that are hatching in the incubator.It looks like we’ll have a good hatch of silkies and Wyandottes and we hope to sell the pullets to cover the costs of our chicken feed for the next few months.While Ember naps the kids and I are going to plant their seedlings in the garden patches Dane made for them. They’ve helped work the soil and have chosen some seedlings from the greenhouse they helped grow.Nyah plants corn and beans saving room for tomatos. Banjo chooses corn, amaranth, strawberry, beans and a artichoke.After this we head inside to do some school work Noah chooses to sew a doll and Banjo wants to do reading practice.I start getting ready for dinner we eat about 4.30pm then at 5 it’s time to start bedtime routines. Dane goes out to do the afternoon animal chores checking water, locking chickens in with the older kids while I put the youngest to bed.By 9pm all the kids are asleep and we get a little time to ourselves.So that’s generally how our days flow (on a good day!) when we are home. It’s messy, loud, sometimes productive but we are happy and love our lifestyle of homesteading.
I’ve been doing lots of reading about natural learning and unschooling to understand more how children learn. We are eclectic homeschoolers so we do a little of everything some Waldorf, some sit down learning. Sometimes I use curriculums for guidance but largely we are life learners.
I’ve started writing down all the areas we’ve covered over a week and this enables me to really see how much we accomplish which I find great for those moments of doubt that we ‘aren’t doing enough’ (which every home educator has!)
I’ve found in some areas our children are way ahead of where they would be in school and others not so much but I remind myself that children in schools are also at many different levels but forced to learn as their peers so learning at home enables us to let them learn when they are ready.
Recently the children and I built a climbing frame out of materials we found around the property, some nails and a hammer.
We are planning to start some seeds in the spring to climb up the frame so it can double as a little shaded cubby.
Slowly we’ve all been landscaping the children’s area off the deck and it’s really become a wonderful family project that isn’t costing us anything!
Home education has been a wonderful extension of our natural and attachment parenting values.
We do it alone without family support due to living in separate states and At times it’s been a huge challenge we’ve felt stressed and exhausted from never having a break from our kids but we have pushed through and grown as parents and people.
We are lucky to have a wonderful diverse community of fellow home educators and we live in a state and area where it’s widely accepted so this has been a huge blessing for us.
At the end of the day we feel blessed to be able to spend this valuable tome with our young children and it truly is a core part of our homesteading lifestyle choice.
I thought I was due another post seeing as its almost been a season. The truth is I’m finding it hard to find time for the blog these days with a newborn, homeschooling a six year old and three year old, running my Etsy store not to mention all the other homestead chores starting up so I will likely do a seasonal update and occasionally throw a recipe up here.
I am most active these days on Instagram where I post almost daily you can follow us @huntergathererforager you don’t need a account to see the posts online but you do to comment. We also have a facebook page where I occasionally share instagram posts.
We are feeling more settled in our new home up in the hills of the Huon Valley. This time around we are taking things slow watching the land and resisting the urge to get lots of animals.
We were going to get some lovely Ryeland sheep from another homeschooling family but decided after our new baby girl Ember was born that we needed to hold off. It was a good thing too as the paddocks got VERY boggy after a big rain so it’s enforced the plan to get to know the land.
Embers birth went very well. She was born at home after a quick labour and our birth team arrived just in time to help her arrive safely. Banjo and Nyah had been emergency cesareans so this birth was very very special for us. She’s a beautiful happy baby and at 10weeks old is smiling and cooing. It’s been a big adjustment going to three children but we are all very happy.
We have a netted orchard here that Dane has been preparing it’s essential as there’s quite a few mobs of possums here. The bloody bastards ate my lavender and have nightly parties on the deck so everything will need to be planted in the orchard. Lucky it’s very big and we have plans to build a floppy fence around a small paddock for pumpkins.
This spring and summer will be dedicated to growing as much food as we can. Dane has enrolled in his Agriculture Diploma and is hoping to get a good job locally so we can stay in this rental until we can buy our own land. If he can’t then we will consider moving to North West Tasmania where there is more variety in Agriculture work but ideally we want to stay here where we have established a supportive like minded community.
Today he’s off to collect his self chosen fathers day present. Dane and I have a tradition where we buy ourselves gifts for special days and he has chosen some long awaited Guinea fowl.
He has wanted Guinea’s since we started this journey but everyone has advised against them. He doesn’t tend to listen to others opinions so was excited to see 4 become available.
The plan is to keep them in a coop a few weeks and then let one out at a time per day so they don’t roam too far. We are hoping they keep snakes down and don’t shit in the water tank!
That’s all for now I will update again in a few weeks hopefully!
This week I’ve been sitting back and watching the children learn. It’s hard to sit back and trust they are learning but I’m so glad I did as I’ve noticed things I might not have had I not been paying attention.
Little Liss HGF has been sounding letters and can connect three letter words now. This is something she’d struggled with and was often frustrated by so I hadn’t pushed it but she’s been asking to practice and it was great to see it click for her.
There’s been lots of different learning this week which I’ll share below for our records. I don’t take photos of everything but I’m trying to have a good record for inspection time when we register.
Her playdough and modelling work has really started to take form. We’ve been using lots of different types of modelling materials, poluclay, red clay, playdough, and a corn flour/conditioner experiment
Collecting rose hips for a natural dye experiment on handspun yarn
She has a natural interest in sewing so has been practicing by sewing rose petals for fairy blankets eventually she wants to make clothes for her dolls.
We’ve also been getting out in the garden whenever the weather is good and choosing produce for dinner.
I’m going to see how I go with a daily blog. I feel it might be simpler than my sporadic posts and as I move away from Facebook and social media a bit I’d like to keep documenting our happenings.
Every day we do a little something what with homesteading, preserving and starting to homeschool so the daily blog I hope will also serve as a record come homeschool inspection time.
We shall see how I go as I always set out with good intentions then get distracted and forget!
This morning we rose VERY early just before 6am. We are early rises most days but today Mr Hunter Gatherer was working a orchard further south and needed to leave earlier than usual. It was quite icy last night so I wasn’t surprised when Mr HG came in to get water to defrost the wind screen. I popped another log on the fire to keep us warm until the sun came up.
I had prepped English muffin dough last night to cook on the griddle. It was well worth the little bit of effort as it meant we were fed and happy early on.
After breakfast the children played and I cleaned up the breakfast stuff.
Now It was time for chores. First up our English angora rabbit needed checking. His cage had been cleaned yesterday so he just needed some fresh food and water. His grooming came later in the day and needs to be done daily now as his new coat is coming in.
Next was outside to feed the chickens and water the garden. The broadbeans are popping up now and lots of the winter veg starting to look good. Little miss HG has been looking after a pet caterpillar which we’ve identified as a grass anthelid. It’s big and fuzzy and after reading up on it she decided the habitat she’s made made needed some more soil and fresh grass so we collected it and brought it in. The caterpillar seemed happy and was extremely active after this. Little miss HG set him up on the table and drew pictures of him.
After this I needed to process another bucket of Apple’s. I’m getting pretty tired of Apple’s to be honest but my desire to avoid food waste is great so we got on with it using a slinky Apple machine to peel and slice. Then I popped them in the food processor to blitz before putting them in the dehydrator to turn into Apple sugar. The kids lost interest as they’ve helped with many Apple jobs this year so I set up a painting craft for them while I got the job finished.
After this we hit a afternoon slump everyone was exhausted so we stuck to folding washing and story time, lots of games together and then dinner prep. We had meaty baked beans which was mince, bacon, beans mixed with homemade plum bbq sauce and roasted home grown potatoes. Simple and delicious!