As always, I'm remiss on catching my blog up with all the ones cached in my Favorite Places folder. I have a lot to add here, so if you don't see your own blog name on the sidebar, it's likely just a plain old oversight on my part, or part of my procrastination.
There are four, however, that must go here before any more time passes. If you're not already familiar with them, I know you'll soon be loving them as much as I do! These are all people I wish I had for neighbors...the distinction of these 4 particular blogs is their emphasis on family and home. Each one has really invested in the success and the particular uniqueness of their family, and are solution-finders with warm and inviting home lives. Their homesteads are as unique as they are!
Mommymommyland is a daily stop of mine. This young family with 4 children is Jewish, fun, conscientious, and has just purchased a 60 acre farm! They have big plans as they make this transition, and I can't wait to see how it all unfolds for them in days to come as they see the beginning of a dream realized :)
Pile of O'Melays is another family you'll wish were just down the road. Another family who truly loves their children and really love BEING a family, and homesteading together. It's not a fantasy world, it's a real account of the nitty gritty ups and downs of homestead life as experienced by the whole family. Seeing the pictures of their family meals made completely from their own garden has really encouraged us that it IS possible, and worth the elbow grease!
DownToEarth is another must. Rhonda is a woman who truly cares and has so much practical wisdom about everything from household basics, to frugality, to the utilization of edible unusual or native plants, to crafting wonderful creations (I especially like her soap, and hope to try making it sometime soon). Her warmth and intelligence is evident, and I like the way she and her husband utilize permaculture principles. But mainly, as with these other blogs I'm mentioning, I just LIKE this blog!
LaFermeDeSourrou is a family of two (but really so many more since they're in such a close-knit community) who live in the French countryside in a home partly renovated and partly hand built. They have integrated many concepts, making most everything themselves, and their blog is SO full of beautiful pictures and information chronicling their many efforts. I love the house and the potager gardens, the chickens, the instructions for curing meats and cooking in a fireplace...and so much more. Enjoy! Update: Oops...I stand corrected! The house is completely owner-built; so authentic in detail that it looks like traditional craftsmanship that has stood the test of time :)
Ok, there will be another blogroll update forthcoming, but I'm still on a wacko work schedule, so that's all for just now. I sure don't mean to leave anyone out! Over and out, till the next little break :)