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An Unclaimed Duckling

Jun 18th, 2010 | By
An Unclaimed Duckling

We arrived home yesterday after an errand and found this lone duckling wandering in the yard. All alone.  Abandoned.  Unloved.  None of our dozens of adult ducks claimed it, even though it’s brimming with wobbly cuteness. Jessica named it Blinky.   Because it blinks.  A lot. Blinky can’t be more than a day or two old,
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Serious tractor time

Jun 12th, 2010 | By
Serious tractor time

Years ago, whoever farmed this land built a wall of sorts to protect the bank of this small, spring-fed creek and an old, stone lined farm well that once stood nearby.   In time, the stones tumbled and many washed away or were taken for use elsewhere. The section that still stands does its job well,
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Tractor faces

Jun 11th, 2010 | By
Tractor faces

A couple weeks ago, we got three dump truck loads of gravel for driveway repairs.  Two loads were base rock, which packs well, but doesn’t slide out of the dump truck so evenly.   With the genius husband away for a few days, I had two choices.  Let him level the mess when he got back.  Or do it
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Babies everywhere I turn

Jun 9th, 2010 | By
Babies everywhere I turn

Someone asked me recently how many chickens I have.  I could only guess. In winter, I take a nightly headcount of all the birds during evening chores.  Now?  A headcount is practically impossible with so many free-ranging chickens, ducks, turkeys, and guineas loose.  During the day they’re all out and about doing bird things.  At
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Guest blogging

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

I’m guest blogging today over at Farm Bell Recipes at Chickens in the Road.  Click over, if you like, and let me know what you think.

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Misty Mornings

Jun 7th, 2010 | By
Misty Mornings

On rare mornings a mist spills evenly across the  land to soften the sun’s rays.  On these mornings, the heavy dew would soak you to the waist if you wandered across that ungrazed pasture. In the stillness, you hear the familiar sounds of birds twittering from hidden perches —  meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, an indigo bunting.  Cows moo in the
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Barbed Wire Yard Art

Jun 6th, 2010 | By
Barbed Wire Yard Art

Disposing of old, rusty barbed wire can be a problem.    If you have an old farm with weathered fences and decades-old wire, it’s something that must be figured out. Yard art wouldn’t have been my first thought, but who am I to criticize someone who had the patience and fortitude to create this big ball
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Snow Peas with Caramelized Onions – mmmmm good

Jun 4th, 2010 | By
Snow Peas with Caramelized Onions – mmmmm good

My favorite snow pea recipe isn’t much of a recipe.  I like them best fresh picked while I’m standing in the middle of the garden. I like them steamed, too, and in stir-fry dishes.  My favorite recipe, though, is Snow Peas with Caramelized Onions. It’s a flexible recipe, more of a general way of cooking
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Photographing the peas

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By
Photographing the peas

Garden photography has its challenges, not the least of which is the light.   Golden sunlight at dawn and dusk turns everything a rich, warm tone, which is lovely
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Not The Mama . . .

May 26th, 2010 | By
Not The Mama . . .

I goofed.  This strange mismatch is completely my fault. A few weeks ago, I swiped all the eggs from beneath the nesting turkey hens.  Why?  Our turkeys have a terrible track record as parents.   They’re dedicated nesters and brooders, and they’ll defend their brood with surprising ferocity.  They just can’t seem to raise them to
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