You’d never guess that this photo started out as a colorful capture of shadows on a sunny morning, right? Though the original photo was appealing, as I began to think about how it could be “flipped” into a scene of darkness, it became – at least to me – much more interesting. Who is really in that shadow? Me…or someone else? Does she just play along, humoring me, letting me think she does my bidding, while she watches silently? Does she go rogue when out of my line of sight, – dancing, gesturing, laughing? Maybe I’ll catch her in the act one day.
It seemed like a safe place to rest: empty, clean, and well-built. She was weary from the search, having traveled so far in search of the right shelter. It was clear that, once, someone had loved this place; that family had been here, and children, snug in this abode. That had been long ago, though, and the place simply held the echo of memories. With the weather turning cold and wet, and she knew she needed to hunker down.Continue reading “Short Read: Isabella’s First Flight”
Many people think that spring is the prime time to get their hatching eggs and/or chicks, ducklings, goslings, keets, and poults – after all, the farm stores are overflowing with babies then – but hatching and raising poultry in fall (and even winter) can put a small farmer in a great position when spring arrives!Continue reading “Farm Fowl: Why Hatching Now Makes Sense”
What happens when you marry the sweet and juicy flavors of fresh orange water kefir and the crisp and uplifting notes of homemade pine needle-infused vodka? An incredibly smooth and complex drink that will make the holidays very happy, indeed!Continue reading “Farm Tipples: The Conifer Crush”
Did you know that you can infuse vodka with pine needles and create a uniquely delightful foraged liquor? Not just a pretty evergreen, pine adds teasingly complex flavor to the blank slate of vodka.Continue reading “Wildcrafted: Holiday Pine-Infused Liquor”
Sometimes, you just want comfort food like a plate lunch. Then you realize that there are no “local food” (Hawaiian) restaurants anywhere nearby and that if you want a meal even slightly resembling a Hawaiian-style plate lunch, you’ll have to make it yourself. So I did.Continue reading “Meatless Meals: Plant-Based Teriyaki “Plate Lunch””