Tag Archives: Pond

Muskrat Love Hut

This week, walking around our little pond, we were surprised by a new condo going in just off the shore. A muskrat (or two) had chomped the dried cattails into bits and collected them into a compact mound all ready … Continue reading

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Pre-Green Farm

It’s been cold, cold, cold, but the weatherman predicts a high of 58 degrees today. The sun was sparkling off the pond so beautifully that I could imagine the lawn green and the fields sprouting the beginnings of fresh grasses for … Continue reading

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Chicken Lesson #42

Springtime arrives and the ditches run in cold muddy rivulets. Not the time to drive one’s jeep off the side of the gravel driveway. So, another newby chicken lesson learned on Bluestem Pond Farm. Mark the edges of the driveway to … Continue reading

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Pond Ice and Winter Algae

Several days of cold and the pond has a glassy cover of ice drawing ever closer to the center where the bubbler keeps it stirred up.  I’ve seen it much colder and the ice much thicker, but I am beginning to … Continue reading

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Daylight Savings Sunrise

Lucky me, I slept in till 8:30 this morning, and still got to see a sparkling sunrise on Bluestem Pond.  The dogs enjoyed a yawn and stretch and a little trot out to see if there were rabbits about.

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Frosty Morning on the Farm

I woke up this morning to heavy frost mixed with fog that had not quite frozen down yet.  The sky is clear, though, and the sun will quickly dissipate the ice crystals and bring it up from the 29 degrees … Continue reading

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Tending the Pond

Our farm pond is a living thing that needs tending just like the farm animals.  The water plants, animals and algae (it is debatable whether algae is plant or animal), change with the temperature, water level, and sunshine.  It has not … Continue reading

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Whoa, That’s Rain!

This has been one great growing season here in the Great Lakes region.  It is warm and steamy and we’ve gotten some amazing downpours in the last few days.  Yesterday morning I dumped out our rain gauge to see what … Continue reading

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Cattail Slaughter

I was a ravaging barbarian this week.  I went after the cattails in the pond with the Scythe of Death and sliced them off at their roots, dragging to the shore the dried leaves and stems from last year and some … Continue reading

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Springtime 2014 at Bluestem Pond

In less than a week, our pond has completely de-iced.  I got out there yesterday with a rake and pulled out old dried cattail leaves and a layer of algae mixed with fluffy cattail fuzz.  Things are looking good.  Only … Continue reading

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Frozen Pond

Day two of the deep freeze, and everything is closed down again.  However, there is sunshine this morning and it is quite beautiful even though the thermometer reads -9 degrees.  By 3:00 pm they predict we’ll be up to +3 … Continue reading

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Black & Blue-gills?

Here is an interesting development in the pond.  My bluegills and bass are growing nicely and seem very excited to see me when I come to visit.  I caught a 9-inch bass last week, the biggest I have seen yet, … Continue reading

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Fishing Styles

Fionny’s fishing skills are maturing with the clarity of the water.  He used to just bounce around shivering and lunge at the splashes in the water when they became too enticing.  Lately, he has begun to do what a friend … Continue reading

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Spring flowers

I was pleased to see the first wildflowers of spring begin popping out almost overnight.  There are little polka-dots of color all over the field.  I believe the most prevalent are buttercups and bladder flowers. There is also a big … Continue reading

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Fionn’s Playground

Our dog, Fionn (pronounced like “fin”), is such a lucky fellow.  He has eight acres of playground to roam, hunt, swim, and get into trouble.  While we are building the house, he has also had extra human playmates around all … Continue reading

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Home, Sweet Home

I’ve been offline for about two weeks, while we have been fully occupied with moving into our new house.  Oh, the agonies of a zillion decisions and mounds of boxes and paper, but we have made good headway and we … Continue reading

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Blustery April Day

The “March Winds” have bled over into the time for “April Showers”.  We have not gotten the promised rain for this month yet, but the wind was quite powerful.  I expected to freeze when I went outside but it was … Continue reading

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Spring comes to Bluestem Pond

So, yesterday was the first day of spring, and we’ve been making headway in the normal Michigan back-and-forth manner.  A couple days of 40’s, followed by a snowstorm and back into the 20’s.  Today the world is a magical wonderland … Continue reading

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Life With Fionny

Last night, I watched a Nova program on dogs.  It was fascinating, and explained how scientific experiments have proven that dogs are uniquely adapted to respond and relate to humans.  No big surprise to a dog lover, but I respect … Continue reading

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Mid-January Progress

The house is coming right along, of course not as fast as I wish.  The painter has been here for a few days, and he has only two rooms left to paint.  I’d just about forgotten what we’d chosen so … Continue reading

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