Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url: http://flickr.com/photos/35090117@N05/collections/
Monday, February 29, 2016
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We took Sophie, our female dog, to the vet's a weeks or so ago to get spayed. We wanted her to have one litter of pups, just to have had that very beneficial experience, but now that she has we got her fixed. Everything went well and she is now completely back to normal. We'll take the stitches out on Monday, but the wound looks great, totally healed and healthy.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
We have been unbelievable busy these past few weeks with non-homestead related work. Abe's been full-time on the computer working on a rabbit management app, called Hutch, and I have been almost living at the school tutoring the kids on the scientific method needed for their first ever science fair. It seems like the time has flown by in a haze.
Now, however, spring is in the air and we are having to set time aside for the coming season. Abe has started to air-layer small branches of trees and shrubs all over the place. He's using plastic cream and yoghurt containers and it looks like we have bizarre little Christmas trees everywhere! We also have a good amount of pruning to do, as well as starting seeds of various kinds inside, not to mention prepping the next level of our forest garden (we try to add an extra terrace to the system each year).
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
When I first started pruning fruit trees a few years ago, one of the hardest things for me to learn was to be confident. It seems so radical to cut so much off these trees. In this video I show some of my methods of thought when I prune a Pear tree.
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When you keep rabbits, or any animal for that matter, you have to periodically add new bloodlines to avoid any in-breeding. As we decide to keep young females to replace the older ones, we then encounter the problem of them being the daughters of the male they would be breeding with. So the simple answer is to get a buck buck and that is what we did.
His name is Dunbar. He's a beautiful, grey Dutch mix (not as small as normal Dutch rabbits, but with the same telltale white band on his neck). He has been in quarantine for the last couple of weeks, just in case he carried any noticeable disease from his previous residence, but he seems very healthy so today will be his first time with one of our ladies.
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