Welcome to Pocket Pause!
Miranda and Andy Rommel, with Pocket the Corgi homestead and create art on Birdsong Farm in western Oregon. This website and blog are a place for us to share, educate, entertain and learn. It is our mission to live as sustainably as possible, to care for our hunk of earth and the livestock we raise as humanely and joyfully as possible and to feed our community nutritious food. Please feel free to comment on my posts with any tips, questions, praises or criticisms or contact me directly. We look forward to learning and sharing with you!
Pocket Pause the website is also the hub of my business, Fiber Friends and of Birdsong Farm plus some great resources for gardeners, farmers and recipes for cooks local and across the globe. Check back often for up to date info and available products!
By trade and passion, I am a children’s book illustrator, felter and fine artist. By passion and frugality, I am an avid gardener and newbie farmer. I started blogging “An Austin Homestead” when i kept an urban homestead in Austin, TX with vegetable and herb gardens in my front yard, and a compost heap and some friendly chickens in the backyard. I’m now living with my husband and the namesake of this website: Pocket the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, just south of Pedee, Oregon on 17.5 acres of potential. We bought our “farm” in December of 2012 and immediately began writing to-do lists on how to convert a dilapidated 3 thousand square foot home, leaky barn, and scotch broom infested pasture into a productive and self sustainable homestead.
I love cooking delicious, usually healthy things utilizing as many homegrown (or farm direct) ingredients as I can, and when I’m not filling the kitchen with tantalizing dinner smells I fill it with delightful aromas of freshly made soap. I write recipes, when I remember to. I love teaching people how to live frugally and in sync with the planet and seasons. I’m excited to continue learning age old skills like spinning yarn and using herbs as medicine. I’m a crazy entrepreneur at heart and am happy with the growing success of my small business, Fiber Friends and excited to be selling our pastured eggs, duck meat, domestic rabbit and other niche farm products.
Andy: Moving water and dirt around since 2011
Working a full time job “off farm” Andy sees less daylight on Birdsong Farm than his wife, but takes as much joy from the land and animals as she does. From hauling water to the ducks, to working on the vintage tractor, to moving heavy loads of dirt from one side of the farm to the other, by hand – Andy does what needs to be done to keep the dream alive. We love him for it, even though he barely has time to create his beautiful art. Visit his portfolio page to see some of the amazing creations he brings to life out of the discarded wood and other objects from the farm and local landscape.
Thanks so much for reading Pocket Pause. I hope you’ll join the ride with me and mine as we get our hands dirty in the Oregon coastal foothills.
Miranda, Andy & Pocket