Our adventures trying to get fence in when the ground is sopping wet. And a recipe for the perfect grilling side dish.
All the ways we work to reduce the amount of trash and plastic we generate and use here at the farm.
The Bull is Out “The bull is out” is a line I always remember from Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm because it happens to us, like last night. Whenever we hear people say “I want to live in the country where it’s calm and peaceful and raise animals” we laugh ourselves silly because it’s nothing… Continue reading May 13th, 2019 — The Bull is Out
Earth Day This is a week or two late but since the things we did for Earth Day will, hopefully, last for generations then I think we’re not too awfully tardy. First up was transplanting the last of the Sugar Maples out of the garden into the sugar bush. Which is a fancy name for… Continue reading May 6th, 2019 — Earth Day
Green Up By my calendar spring is here, it doesn’t matter what the official date is, for us it’s when the weather lets us work, so here’s how our spring is shaping up. The cows and sheep are all up by the barn so the grass can get a start on them. Once it’s 6… Continue reading April 22nd, 2019 — Green Up
Shearing Day Yesterday was our third annual shearing day and everyone contributed to make it a perfect day. The weather did it’s utmost for us, the weather report claimed it was the best day in 5 months and I believe it. In past years it’s rained and blew and we’ve had to keep the barn… Continue reading April 8th, 2019 — Shearing Day
Start to Finish This week was the end of two big projects and the start of one. I finished Kyle’s wedding dress with two weeks to go. Phew! Once I’d finished removing all traces of 1980’s Victorian splendor and was ready to rebuild it as Kyle’s dress I couldn’t take scissors to the crazy expensive… Continue reading April 1st — Start to Finish
Crop Circles Pasture renovation is winding down for the year. We’ve been at this for 9 years now and will probably still be at it in another nine. When we moved here the pastures grew goldenrod, Queen Anne’s Lace, wild roses and some other unidentifiable nutritionless green things. Lacking a tractor, plow, harrow and planter… Continue reading March 25th, 2019 — Crop Circles
There’s a Name For That Once upon a time the British were fantastic at naming things. Just look at a map of London and you’ll see. St. Martins in the Field isn’t, it sits right on Trafalgar Square. You can catch a bus to Westminster, find your way to Finsbury Circus, amble down Marylebone Road,… Continue reading March 18th, 2019 — There’s Name for That
Transitions It’s the end of winter, finally! And that means a shift in some work. Woodcutting will go on the same, the woodshed is half empty and I’d like to finish winter with a bit more in the bank. But going out with the truck and chainsaw will have to wait for a morning cold… Continue reading March 11th, 2019 — Transitions