Tag: homestead

food forest

Temperate Climate Food Forests | Part 1 – What is a food forest?

Ever since we moved on our homestead we wanted to have a food forest on our property. Food forests make great use of space and, by using permaculture principles they maximize the yield of your growing space while also creating a self-sustaining ecosystem. I’ve always believed that gardening should be more about working with nature Read More

Bringing chickens on our homestead (and how we lost most of them)

One of the core reasons why we chose to start a homestead is that we want to grow our food or at least part of it. And raising chickens for eggs and meat was always part of the plan. So we got a flock of baby chicks from my grandmother. Little did we know that Read More

Homestead equity

Building equity on our homestead

Romania’s real estate prices are considerably lower than what you would find in other countries, but that doesn’t make it more affordable to the majority of the local population. There are still a few who can afford buying a modern house or maybe an apartment, but for many that results in 30-years mortgage. I’d much Read More

Our first big snow on the homestead

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! Read More

Fruit trees

The 4 new types of trees we planted in our orchard this year

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 Read More

woodlogs by terracota stove with fire burning

Chainsaws, firewood and stoves

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 Read More

pepper burning skin

Inferno Hands aka Hot Pepper Hands

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 Read More

Lost in Valhalla Homestead

Where Is The Valhalla Homestead?

Today I want to give you more details about where we are, here at the Valhalla Homestead. So if you’re just getting to know us and you want to figure out what’s our story setting, read on. 

As I told you before, Greti and I are the proud owners of a beautiful countryside property we purchased at the beginning of 2018. After we figured out that we were not excited at all for the hustle and bustle of the city life and that what we really wanted was a better, more peaceful and healthier lifestyle we decided to buy a land nearby Cluj. That’s how we got to Vechea and started our homestead adventure.

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Back-yard garden view of our orchard

Lost in Valhalla – How It All Started

Skol! That’s Viking for ‘hi’, but I think it has a little bit more… oomph! What I mean is: Welcome to our blog – Lost in Valhalla!

Let’s get over the introductions first: my name is Vlad, my girlfriend’s name is Greti and together we’re the proud owners of the Lost in Valhalla Homestead.

We’re going to cover who we are and where we are in more depth later on. For now, let me go back a few months and tell you how it all started. Read More