Mid-Summer Swinging

O will you lay with me Beneath a shady tree, On a ship we'll set a sail Row out to meet a whale, Under the clear bright skies We'll swing and shut our eyes, O will you come with me Out to the apple tree. summer days . . .  rains washed out the patchwork... Continue Reading →

Workdays

Sixty bales of straw.  Half went around our fruit trees::  they needed heavy mulch, and with chickens and a dog scratching, shredding, and scattering mulch all over the place, I'm trusting these bound bales, squared and trined around the base will do the trick of killing the grass and simultaneously mulching, so with time there... Continue Reading →

Amazing Hatching

It was three weeks ago when I went out to feed our hens. We currently have 12 hens and 3 roosters. I emerged from the coop and heard a most suspicious peeping sound. Looking to investigate, I entered the run and, there in the highest nesting box, was a hen with three chicks! I got... Continue Reading →

Head Cheese

Making Head Cheese: We, me and mom, started out when a friend of ours had a pig head for sale. We bought it because ever since I had told mom about headcheese, I had wanted to make it and mom had heard that it was good. And so dad picked up Henry, the pig head,... Continue Reading →

A Collaborative Tale

In a small and boring village up a small and boring hill lived small and bored girl and her small boring sheep. Every day she would get up at the same boring time eat the same boring breakfast get dressed in the same boring clothes , and walk up the same boring hill and feed... Continue Reading →

Dreams

Have I ever mentioned that I like scary dreams, movies, and stories? Well, I do! I have often had dreams and nightmares and woken up from them shivering with fright. Once I woke up from a dream and saw a book with fluttering pages and a feathery dream catcher glowing all over with greenish light. ... Continue Reading →

Surprise!

One of our chickens, a Silver Hamburg to be exact, had been acting funnily for some time: puffing up and squawking whenever any one came near her; chicken, dog, cat or human.  Of course I had no idea of what to make of it so I left her alone. Now we also had a broody... Continue Reading →

Vultures

It was one day that I heard our dog, Clover barking and so I walked toward the door of our house and looked out. I did not see any thing but I did hear some squawking and the flapping of wings. Then I saw some shadows passing over the ground. It was a sunny day... Continue Reading →

Using My Sword

Did I mention I have a sword?  It has a long silver blade and a hilt with blue gems embedded in it. It also has the words 'Until lambs become lions, rise and rise again' on it. I have discovered that gems on your hilt can get annoying and so can wearing rings when using... Continue Reading →

Hatching chicks . . .

24 days ago we set up a broody box outside the coop in the run.  It's a black rubber tub that we filled with straw and covered with some plywood boards.  Into this we put a waterer, a tray of corn, and our Mama Hen: a beautiful, buff rock henny who was picked because she... Continue Reading →

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