Our homestead is in the North West region of South Africa. Our summers can be very hot with temperatures of over 30°C and an average summer rainfall of about 600 mm per year. Winter temperatures are around 18°C during the day and the nights can be quite cold with temperatures going below 0°C causing frost damage and even water pipes bursting outside the house.
What we are doing on our homestead
Here we are raising Saanen milk goats…
…as well as chickens and growing our own fresh produce to experience the joy of being more self-sustainable. We are also completely making use of solar energy for electricity and enjoy using the Ellis Deluxe wood stove during winter. The same stove that I use for drying fresh herbs as well as drying lemon rinds for making Homemade Lemon Pepper!
Makarmi Goat Milk Soap and Lip Balm
Since November 2016 we have started developing our own Makarmi Goat Milk Soap range made from our own raw goats’ milk as well as our own natural Makarmi Lip Balm made from beeswax and luxury oils.
At a certain time of the year, we have lots and lots of milk available from our milk goats. More than we can drink. Therefore apart from making soap, we are also using our own raw goat milk for making cheese. So far we have tried our hand at Feta cheese and Ricotta cheese.
All in the spirit of being more self-sustainable!
JOIN US ON OUR JOURNEY!
Feel free to join us on our journey of trials and errors on our homestead. We appreciate any positive homesteading ideas from fellow homesteaders! You are welcome to share your comments in the “Thoughts” section on any of the posts on this blog.
Please note that as a daily homesteader and “do-it-yourself” stay-at-home mother I have quite a busy day every day. I will respond to your e-mails as soon as possible and know that I value your questions and inputs.
Elisabeth van der Merwe
2 Th 3:10 “If any would not work, neither should he eat.”