It seems like just yesterday
That you were here –
Because it was.
And, yet, today
There is a hole in the universe
Where you used to be.
I know I won’t see you
Or hear your soft voice now
And my world is darker.
But I won’t be mired in sadness
Because you live on –
I am reminded daily.
Today, it was the vibrant blue
Of the chicory plant
You loved so much.
The flowers had opened
To the sun, and closed
When you departed.
They greeted me today
And I heard your voice, a whisper,
Or was it leaves stirring?
I rewind to better times
When you were in dappled sunshine,
Surrounded by sisters.
Goodbye, chicory flower,
Goodbye for now –
But I’ll see you again.
A thunderstorm hit late this evening, bringing lightning, driving rain, and vicious wind. We sheltered inside and delayed the evening feeding, in the hopes that we could catch a break. Little did we know that we would lose two of our gaggle.
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I think kohlrabi is a misunderstood and underappreciated root vegetable. It’s homely, sure, but under that gnarly-looking exterior is crisp, juicy, and flavorful flesh that puts boring (mainstream) veggies like carrots and potatoes to shame. And it really shines in the probiotic goodness of sauerkraut!
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Remember finding images in the clouds when you were a kid? Maybe you, like me, still do it as an adult.
What do you see in this image? The dragon? Perhaps a crocodile? Don’t forget to look up, and let your imagination take flight. 🐉
When you have poultry or waterfowl grow-outs (but especially waterfowl, since they make such a mess with water), a tractor is invaluable. It keeps them safe from predators but allows the growing birds to scratch, bathe, find bugs, eat greens, and enjoy fresh air and sunshine – creating a “controlled” free range (more precisely, pastured) environment. Buying a well-made hoop tractor can be expensive, so we make our own.
Continue reading “Build This: Hoop Tractor v3.0”
The black raspberries growing wild along the fence are ripening…and they’re delicious! As I was picking berries, I startled a Northern Mockingbird out of a tangle of brush at the top of the fence and realized that she was sitting on a nest.
Continue reading “Around The Farm: Another Hidden Nest”