I know you all can't see it but it's raining. Not very hard, just a drizzle but still moisture. This will probably make it horrible humid once the sun comes back out and it's not enough to even knock the dust down. Still, very refreshing and I joined the critters to stand in it with my eyes closed. Cloud cover, damp skin and a nice, light breeze is a nice combination!
So, our meet up yesterday was very nice! Even with the extreme heat, folks truly interested in being more self reliant braved mother natures worst to join us. The Thunder 5 is farther along than I am with a working solar power system and much more in depth animal production. One of the highlights there is the wood mill. A log got milled and turned into a picnic table that was then given away to a participant of the meet up. There was also an entertaining and informative tutorial on making and canning pickles. I especially enjoyed that because I make lousy pickles! I got to be the Chef for the day. I had forgotten how much I hate charcoal cooking, LOL Even tho I fried the heck out of the pork shoulder roasts first thing, a quick, occasional spray with the hose gave me a wonderful, juicy end result on the ham. I also managed to not burn the hamburgers, LOL
Now, the Thunder 5 and the Double M (me) will be working on building up a southern Illinois homesteaders alliance. Built with and around locally grown foods using real homesteading techniques (old fashioned, no chemicals, no feedlot/confinement etc). We will be working to bring as many small farms and homesteads together to provide the clean and healthy foods everyone needs as well as encouraging and promoting a more self sustaining and self reliant lifestyle.
Yes, all of 2013 and part of 2012 are missing from the blog. You can thank Mike H for that. Almost all of those posts were about our great friendship and our partnership in farming. You all know how that turned out!