Monthly Archives: December 2014

Swans Celebrating

It’s a brilliant end to the year, and the swans are celebrating already. I stopped by a flock on my way home from an errand today. There were hundreds in this flock, and I passed other flocks on my short … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Cold

Snow is dusting the surrounding hills. The morning grass is white with frost. King Richard’s crows carry a long ways on a bright, winter morning. The cold doesn’t deter the hens from laying eggs. Ruby is settled in a nest, … Continue reading

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Woody 1999~2014

Often when a year ends and a new one begins, other than the dates on the calendar changing, there’s very little to mark the change. This year, for us, there are many endings and beginnings. Yesterday evening, marked another ending. … Continue reading

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Summer Skies in Winter

The skies yesterday were like mid summer, billowy white clouds against an azure sky. The swans were as happy as could be. I had to stop and listen to them. When they get together in groups, they have so much … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bug Buffet

MiAsa and her chicks are moving and scratching so fast, they are just a blur. It’s time to turn the compost and add more litter to it. In midwinter, a great feeding place for chickens is a compost pile when … Continue reading

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Post Solstice Eggs

The tide has turned. The days are no longer getting shorter. In four days, the day will be a minute longer, and next Monday, the day will be three minutes longer. Bit by bit, the sun is returning. Fitting for … Continue reading

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It Pays to Speak Up

It only takes one person to change things. This morning I received a phone call from Christopher Gould, Team Lead, Congressional & Public Affairs Staff, USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service. This is in reference to the claim on the … Continue reading

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The End of Darkness

Today marks the end of darkness. Starting tomorrow the days lengthen and the nights shorten. For me, tomorrow seems like the beginning of a new year. On this, the darkest day of the year, some of the chickens are on … Continue reading

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Poo Power

It’s midwinter, and baby it’s cold outside. Cold, windy, and wet. But poo never rests. Mixed with straw and, in this case, shredded paper, it is generating heat. Actually it is all the bacteria feasting on the chicken poo which … Continue reading

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The Swans Beckon

The skies are infinitely gray. The darkest days of the year are upon us. We are greeted with darkness upon waking up. The light doesn’t last as long as supper. It is easy to close your eyes and sleep. But … Continue reading

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Lining a Path

It’s time to use the alder tree that fell down in last week’s storm. It doesn’t take long to drag the pieces of the trunk to the sides of the path to line them. As the wood deteriorates, moss will … Continue reading

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How Fresh Are Your Eggs – Most Likely Not Very

Yesterday we went shopping at our co-op. It’s where we do much of our shopping. I was curious as to how fresh their eggs were, and the freshest eggs I could find were those packed 8 days ago. There were … Continue reading

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The Cleaning Crew

Clear a stack of wood, and the chickens move in like the cleaning crew. They scratch through the remaining debris, bark, and leaves, looking for any bugs and worms to eat. They can be very helpful. I’m convinced that a … Continue reading

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Where the Frog Kings Rule

While gathering fallen leaves for the vegetable beds, I stumbled upon a multi-layered throne in the land of the frogs. It’s all quiet for now as the frogs sleep through the winter, but come this spring, millions and millions of … Continue reading

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Take Time to Stop and Smell the Roses or Enjoy the Frost

Going out this morning to work on some vegetable beds, I had to pause to enjoy the morning frost. In the process, I discovered a pair of gloves I didn’t even realize I’d lost. At times it pays to stop … Continue reading

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How Fresh Are Your Eggs? – Note

A few days ago, in How Fresh Are Your Eggs? I pointed out that eggs for sale can easily be 30 days old. The day the eggs are packed is stamped on egg cartons, but it’s impossible to know the … Continue reading

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How the Mighty Have Fallen

The wind that whipped through here at the end of the week toppled the top of an alder. I didn’t notice it until this afternoon when I went into the woods. Alder trees are known as widow makers as they … Continue reading

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Resplendent Duo

These are the resplendent duo at a man and his hoe®. Brothers, they spend most of the day together. They are old enough to spar with other roosters, but I’ve yet to see them spar with each other. I doubt … Continue reading

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How Fresh Are Your Eggs?

How fresh are the eggs you buy in your local supermarket? It’s impossible to know when the eggs were laid. No egg producer in the USA is required to tell you the date their eggs were laid. However, USDA certified … Continue reading

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When You’re This Beautiful

When you’re this beautiful, you have to spend a lot of time primping. After a very wet rain, a patch of late afternoon sunshine, provides an opportunity to preen. I have two young roosters who look like this. Based on … Continue reading

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