Rose Hips

Autumn is the season for harvesting rose hips.  Rose hips are the ripened seed pod that forms after the rose has finished flowering.   The “hip” forms beneath the area where the bloom was.  It’s a little bulb.  They’re ready to be picked when they’re  an orange to red color.   A tea can be … Continue reading Rose Hips

New Roof

I’ve been so busy with renovations that I haven’t been able to keep up with this blog as much as I’d wanted to. I’m 2 months behind in posting, however I’ve been taking pictures of all the projects,  and now that I’m finally finding some time to sort through them,  I’ll be catching up on … Continue reading New Roof

Chimney Restoration

We had the chimney of the Pine Tree Home rebuilt recently.  It had several problems going on:  spalling bricks,  crumbling masonry at the crown,  and no rain caps on the chimney flues (There are 2 of them,  this house has 2 fireplaces).   I mentioned in my last post that our home is a fixer, … Continue reading Chimney Restoration

My New Home

This blog used to be called The Top Floor Homestead.  That was back when I lived in an apartment.  My family recently moved to a home,  so I thought it was time for a blog name change,  one that describes the place I’m living in,  just as Top Floor did.  Pine Tree seemed to describe … Continue reading My New Home

Spring Soap Making

This spring my daughter and I made soap.  We’d wanted to do this during winter break but weren’t able to,  so in the interim we planned our formula and gathered our ingredients.  When spring break arrived,  we finally had everything ready and found the time. We hadn’t made cold process soap in a long time, … Continue reading Spring Soap Making