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We Think, We Can

Back when we first purchased the Ballard Homestead, 10 short months ago, we had dreams of gardening, preserving our own food and living off the land. Those dreams led to investing in a used pressure canner and canning supplies. Then we read books and listened to podcasts about gardening, canning and preserving food. Finally, we…

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Road Trip

After returning from Oklahoma there were a few events, appointments and tasks on our calendar. Not the least of these, was preserving some of our garden harvest. It was time to make pickles and relish and more pickles. The garden did not take a vacation. It was working overtime while we were away in Oklahoma.…

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It’s About Time

There are all kinds of songs and sayings about time. If I could save time in a bottle. We had the time of our lives. So much to do, so little time. What we value most is what we spend most of our time doing and thinking about. Well, it’s about time…that we write this…

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The Ballard Homestead

It has been 6 months since we officially transitioned from Nomads and Full-time RVers to North Carolina Homesteaders, and life on the Ballard Homestead continues to thrill and amaze us. So, “What is a Homesteader?” you may ask. You will find multiple definitions on-line but our definition of choice is: “a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It…

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Merry Christmas 2020, Happy New Year 2021 & Welcome to the Newest Ballard

EXCITING times! There have been many celebrations since our last blog post. We enjoyed Thanksgiving with the Wachter’s then there was a little holiday gathering at our house with our North Carolina Family. Our septic system is upgraded and we can flush with confidence! Babe and Old Glory have their North Carolina License plates and…