December brought about very cold days here at the Valhalla homestead. With our fire stove running overtime, our firewood supplies were diminishing quite fast. So the plan for last Saturday was to split more firewood. But when we woke up on Saturday morning, everything was covered in a thick layer of snow. So much snow!
We already have a great variety of trees planted in our orchard. But this fall, we decided to plant 4 new types of on our homestead. So our orchard now also has a chestnut tree, a hazelnut tree, a peach tree and quince tree. Gifts from our fruit trees After spending a full summer and
The last few warm days of autumn have passed and cold weather is now setting in. The forecast predicts negative temperatures starting tomorrow night and we already had a few morning with most of our yard covered in hoarfrost. It’s time to get firewood, split the wood, stack it and keep it handy for our
A few weeks before moving to our new house, back when we were still renting our old apartment and we were just starting the house renovations, we were on our way from the city to our homestead. With music roaring in our car, I was slowly driving on the country road that leads to our
The last few weeks have been crazy busy. We spent our weekends working in the kitchen and juggled with shopping and doctor appointments throughout the rest of the week. Autumn came in full force here at Vechea and hit us with a few nights of 1°C temperatures, light rain and winds. That was also our
When we got this land, the first thing we wanted to do was to start a nice, small vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the buying process dragged on for longer than what we expected and by the time we got our keys and deeds it was already late April and we were already passed the growing season.
With a bitter taste in our mouths, we were forced to postpone all our gardening plans and start renovations on our house. We needed to get our house in move-in condition as fast as possible because we didn’t want to pay both our house mortgage and a rent in the city.
You may be wondering what does “Inferno hands” mean or maybe you already know in which case I’m really sorry! In case you don’t know what “inferno hands” stands for, I’m here to tell you so you don’t end up making the same mistake I did. Also known as, Hot Pepper Hands or “OMG! I’VE JUST
This past Friday we passed another deadline that was looming over our heads. We finally managed to get the water connected to our old house, getting us one step closer to finishing our house renovations.
It’s hard to put into words and explain just how happy we are to have running water, hot showers and to be able to flush the toilet. But to put it into perspective, we spend most of our Friday afternoon just flushing the water and watching it go down the drain.
The past few weeks were hectic here at the Valhalla Homestead. Our lease was only until the 29th of June so we needed to wrap up the house renovation as quickly as possible and move all our stuff from the old apartment we used to rent. Hence the reason why I didn’t have the time to update you all on our progress.
Although we carefully planned our house renovation and moving schedules there were a few unexpected delays. We ended up working long hours and stripped of any free time. So we ended up spending our two weeks of “vacation” among piles of rubble, dust and concrete.
When we first got here at Vechea we already knew that there was a lot of work ahead of us. The old house is structurally sound as far as we know. But it was far away from what we would consider nice and comfortable. One of the first things we had to tackle was getting rid of the old stuff that was left behind.
The old house was built 50 years ago and I bet that the furniture inside is just as old. The floors were covered with old dirty rugs that smelled like mildew. Also, nobody lived inside the house for the past 18 years so the air inside smelled bad and stale.