The first hatch of the year is over, and, sadly, there’s just one chick. A combination of factors (early season eggs, a fiddly incubator, and a small number of eggs set) culminated in just one healthy, vigorous hatchling. But one is always better than none.Continue reading “Haiku: When You Need A Friend”
Stroganoff is classic comfort food…and this version contains the goodness of cremini mushrooms, green lentils, and TVP’s protein punch. With just a 15 minute cook time, it’s a quick and nutritious meal!Continue reading “Pressure Cooked: Mushroom & Lentil Stroganoff”
Winter has some of the most striking sunsets of the year. I’d chalked it up to the crisp clearness of the season’s days, and science seems to back that up. The depth of the smoldering hues on the horizon seems, at least to me, to be a sort of swan song: the sun, not going gently into night, leaves its breathtaking impression on the observer.
Experiencing beautiful sunsets one of the rewards of being a farmer. Nighttime chores mean receiving this gift of Nature’s beauty without needing to make special arrangements to see it – fortuitously, I’m already outside! Sometimes the display is accompanied by the soft hooting of owls, a reminder that predators arrive with the darkness and to make haste in getting the poultry secured for the night. And, each night, our birds are settled in safely, just as the sun reluctantly dips below the dusky sky.
Interesting fact: according to Stephen Corfidi of NOAA, “were it not for the fact that human eyes are more sensitive to blue light than to violet, the clear daytime sky would appear violet instead of blue”. Learn more about the science behind spectacular winter sunsets here.
This season’s first hatch is underway with a well-positioned external pip on a French Black Copper Marans egg from our own flock. With luck, the wonderful sound of cheeping should fill the air very soon!Continue reading “Farm Fowl: First Hatch Of 2021…And A Mighty Big Egg”
Periodically, the geese fly out of their enclosure and have a jaunt through the pastures. The tracks in the snow tell a tale of the gaggle having a rather circuitous hike through snowy fields – and, thankfully, returning as though they’d never left at all.Continue reading “Haiku: Wandering Waterfowl (Snow Series #9)”
Tea wines are lovely, and easy to make. I’ve discovered, however, that these are not well-suited to evening imbibing because of the caffeine content (though it makes for productive wee-hours writing – yikes), so I figured why not try making decaf tea wine?Continue reading “Winecraft: Tranquil Tea”