Learning to Like Okra (and Why It Matters)

Learning to Like Okra (and Why It Matters)

There’s a lot happening in the news these days, and much of it has most thoughtful people feeling quite unsettled. It’s a time in history when we have to train ourselves to be especially discerning, while not allowing our “discerning” to consume us in worry. As the...
On Seedpods, Pine Cones and Trees

On Seedpods, Pine Cones and Trees

Years ago (when I would actually run for recreation!), I remember jogging to the end of our country road with whichever kids were up for joining me. At the road’s end there was a grove of very unique trees. These trees were a marvel to us as migrants from...
The Mascot Greeter

The Mascot Greeter

Every Homestead must have its official greeter and mascot. Here she is: Bella June, our black lab who inspired the Magnalia logo with her sense of wonderment, fidelity and delight in little things. She’ll be waiting for you when you come visit. : )    ...
The Blueberries are Bearing!

The Blueberries are Bearing!

Thanks to help from our friends at Mount Jubilee Ministries, we have planted 50 assorted blueberries near our bee hives, and a small grove of Brown Turkey and Versailles Figs (transplants from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello) in recent weeks. What a joy! When...
Captain of the Guard

Captain of the Guard

Every Homestead needs a Captain of the Guard, who knows it — even when he’s resting. Meet Jackson. a/k/a Capt. Jack. 114 pounds of linebacker, mixed with just the right measure of teddy bear. He’ll be waiting for you, keeping watch on his perimeter....