From the Farmhouse

December 19, 2017

IMG_1810.jpgQuiet mornings drinking coffee at the kitchen table, watching the chickens feud with the stellar jays outside.

Hands, floured to the elbow, kneading bread dough.

The crunch of boots in the leaves, walking the paths of our woods.

Tucked in close to the wood stove in the evenings, book in hand.

The last two months have felt like such a dream in so many ways.  We moved into the farm house and it immediately felt like home.  So many people were worried that we would feel unmoored and lonesome out here at the edge of the county, in the middle of nowhere as they put it, but that hasn’t been the case.  Jasper and I are a bit hermitish in our own ways, and being out here is calming to our souls.  The neighbors are wonderful and warm and kind, but they’re not too close and there’s not too many.  There are things to do, to keep ourselves busy; there are things to plan for and dream about; there are things to watch, and there are places to wander.

IMG_2012Jasper and I actually toyed with the idea of not hooking up to the internet.  We’ve enjoyed our disconnect, and our girls have thrived without the siren song of Netflix.  But then, I missed my blog.  I missed being able to email people and check on utility accounts.  I missed looking for interesting recipes to bookmark and try out, and we both missed the ability to research things online, especially things pertaining to homesteading or smallholding or whatever this is.  Because sometimes – often – we don’t know what the heck we’re doing, and the internet has been a lifesaver.

And so here we are, connected again.


  • Fourth Generation Farmgirl

    December 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Sounds wonderful!

  • The EcoFeminist

    December 20, 2017 at 12:53 am

    We have missed you as well!!! Your blog – both the writing and the images – are always so much fun to read and paint such a lovely picture.

    As a side note, my husband and I are actually putting in an offer as we speak on a piece of land in the Astoria area and building on it, with the hopes to be moved in by summer. Our ducks and bees are SO excited…

    1. sproutandsprig

      December 20, 2017 at 2:14 am

      Oh my gosh, that is so exciting! I am sending good vibes your way!

  • Brenda

    December 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    It looks like you’ve had a very happy landing in your new home. I can almost feel the satisfaction and pleasure emanating from your blog post. Enjoy these winter days and welcome back

  • Heavenabovehorse

    December 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I tease about us being hermits too. We love days where we have nothing on the schedule, besides farm things. Hope you have a blessed Christmas!

  • sbaskitchen

    December 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    So happy that you are back, I too have missed your updates, photos. I am so pleased that the road you have taken has proved to be in the right direction and that you have settled into your wonderful new lifestyle.


    December 21, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    how lovely the place looks-at least you took break. I would have never believed it, but I too like using the internet as I please. Merry Christmas!

  • jennybakerbee

    December 22, 2017 at 1:46 am

    so glad to be reading your words again!

  • Spring Lake Homestead

    January 23, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Congratulations on being able to live in your new house!

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