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About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.

Dyed in the Wool

Technically, angora goats produce mohair, not wool, but I dug in and did the shearing, washing, and dying all in this one labor-intensive week and created some pretty flamboyant piles of colorful fiber. I am quite proud of myself. I … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Old Isa

I knew when I got chickens that they have a shorter lifespan than dogs, and worried a bit what I’d do when their time came. Well, it looks like I know now. My first generation of chickens is now three … Continue reading

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Re-engineering the Chicken Run

I got an idea this month, as I walked out through the chicken run to feed the goats and as usual, the hens all rushed past me out into the pasture. What if we had an inner wall with a … Continue reading

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Are They Old Enough?

This year’s chicks have had a rough go of it. They are seven weeks old now, and I am trying to decide if it is safe for them to be running free. You may remember that I set them up … Continue reading

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Harvest in Full Swing

Here we go again! I know I publish a photo of our veggie harvest every year, but it always catches me by surprise. I thought I’d do a quick check for ripe tomatoes or squash before I came in from … Continue reading

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Emmie’s Visitor

It is so interesting having a game camera to let me in on what goes on at night in the barn. I have seen mice sneaking around, Emmie learning to hunt, and evidence that she has slipped outside now and … Continue reading

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Chicken Necklace

I noticed something strange as I walked out to check on the animals, recently. One chicken seemed to be dressed up with a white necklace around her neck. As I got closer, I discovered she had pecked through the center … Continue reading

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Glorious Summertime

As we slide into August and begin to feel the cooler nights that hint at September, I become aware of the impending loss of yet another summer and to appreciate more what we still have around us. Sure, it is … Continue reading

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Baby Chicks in a Big Chicken World

This was the week to introduce our five baby chicks to the flock. I wanted them to still have a safe haven to rest and eat without being abused by the adults, but to be able to begin mingling and … Continue reading

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Rabbits, Rabbits, Everywhere!

The bunny population has really exploded around here this summer. All I can guess is that the roaming coyotes have not gotten hungry enough to come onto the farm looking for dinner. There are little babies everywhere we turn, and … Continue reading

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A Brief Cuddle

Emmie, the barn cat, has clearly come to see her barn as home. We have an established routine now and maybe once a week she deigns to call out and solicit a visit. Surprisingly, I was the recipient one day … Continue reading

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Angry Birds, For Real

We wage an ongoing battle at our house. ¬†Our love of animals fights on one side, facing off against our irritation with the muddy, poopy mess left when we allow little birds to raise a family on our front porch … Continue reading

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Caring for the Pollinators

We have put a lot of care (and money) into creating a haven for the birds, bees, and butterflies out at our farm. We have several acres of native grasses and flowers and last year planted a swath out along … Continue reading

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Chicks’ First Day

I guess I was a little cavalier about the baby chicks. I thought I’d given them a nice, safe brood box and we left to go to dinner with friends. When I went out to check them this evening, two … Continue reading

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Baby Chicks

It is so hard to resist adding baby chicks to the flock. We’ve told ourselves, “No.” on so many trips to the farm store, but I finally decided we’ll need a new generation to make up for our increasingly elderly … Continue reading

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Ha – Caught Ya!

We bought a game camera and I set it up in the¬†seemingly cat-free barn yesterday. After a series of embarrassing color snapshots of my own legs walking around the barn doing chores, I ran into the nighttime shots that captured … Continue reading

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Barn Cat – Reprise

I think I finally have this cat thing figured out. Emmie is living in the barn, for sure, but she does go out to roam sometimes. She left me a dead mouse in the middle of the barn floor. She … Continue reading

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The Hidden Cat

Emmie, the new barn cat, is still in hiding. For a little while, she’d occasionally “Meow” and if someone sat on the concrete floor and waited patiently, she’d come out for a little head-scratch. I’m stubborn and don’t like having … Continue reading

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Cat Person

I’ve had dogs all my life. They catch my eye wherever I see them out in the world, and my husband always knows where my attention will go when we’re out on the street. It’s a little inside joke between … Continue reading

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A Moment With the Pond Folk

I had a nice hour or two out at our farm pond, fishing for bluegills. I love sitting quietly, listening the the birds and frogs and watching that bobber for the faint wiggle that means a fish is considering the … Continue reading

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