Category Archives: Farm

Endless Improvements, Fun Projects

We just can’t leave well enough alone around here! I’ve been feeling irritated that I often have to disconnect the electric fence in order to enter the goat pasture to dump out the water bucket or the feeding trough. It … Continue reading

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Playing God with the Pond

The pond (Bluestem Pond, we call it), has taught me the need for an ongoing tussle with Mother Nature, who wishes to make it into a cattail garden. Last year, I used a long-handled cutting rake to break them off … Continue reading

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Healing Maple Trees

We planted three maple trees in front of the barn, back in 2010. The following Spring, the bark on the southwest sides was cracked and peeling with holes bored in by insects. It took a year or two of working … Continue reading

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What’s New?

In a nutshell, we took an exciting vacation to Ireland and Denmark, came home to springtime sprung, a bout of viruses, and a gigantic backlog of repairs and out-of-control farm chores. I am happy to say that a month and … Continue reading

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Shearing Day, 2018

It’s that time again, and I hardly slept last night anticipating the challenge of shearing the goats. I planned ahead and got my electric shearing machine repaired last week, then stayed up into the wee hours of the morning watching … Continue reading

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Oh, Come On!

Enough already, let’s get this place warmed up. Spring is so cruel, teasing us with warm days, greening fields, and sunshine, then smacking us with cold, windy snow yet again. I even set up the goats’ summer watering trough but … Continue reading

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Caught Up Carding

Before you can spin beautiful yarns out of raw fiber, you have to card it, meaning you comb all the fibers in one¬†direction and roll it neatly into batts or little “rolags”. For big volumes of carding, I am fortunate … Continue reading

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Field Day

Hooray, it’s that time of year again! Time to burn the prairie and mow down the old dry grass to open up the way for new green shoots to feel the spring sunshine. We divide up our prairie fields into … Continue reading

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On and Off Snow

This late winter season has been quite erratic. We had days of deep snow last week, followed by a day in the 60’s and lots of rain in which all the snow melted. Now there are flood warnings and it … Continue reading

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From Scratch – Goats to Sweater

A friend nudged me to get back in the habit of blogging. It is so easy to slip out of one habit and into another and before you know it, you are off on a new quest and forget all … Continue reading

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Snow Comes Again

I am fond of snow this time of the year. (Ask me in March and you’ll hear a different story.) We finally got our first couple inches this week and all the animals are remembering what it’s like and what … Continue reading

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Our First Grape Harvest

This is the third summer since planting our little vineyard and this year we allowed the Concord grapes to form. Last week, I scrambled under a tight time window to get the first batch of ripe grapes turned into juice … 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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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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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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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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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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Barnyard Breakfast

My favorite time of day is the morning meet-and-greet out at the barn. I feel like a major celebrity. On the walk out, the first thing I hear is the crowing and clucking of the chickens sounding the fanfare that, … Continue reading

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