Monthly Archives: June 2015

After a Morning Rain

Overnight thunderstorms and a morning shower gave the daisies a refreshing shower. What is it about lingering raindrops on flower petals and leaves that make us smile? What about the chickens? When they look up and see raindrops dripping off … Continue reading

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Never Too Many Babies

The vegetable beds are full of babies: baby corn, baby pumpkins, not so baby radishes, baby chard, baby kale. Baby vegetables grow up faster than human children so you have less time to enjoy them. Fortunately, you can plant many, … Continue reading

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Summer Blues Bring Happiness

It’s impossible to be sad when the summer blues are here. Even on cloudy days, you can see blue skies in these hydrangea flowers. Their centers look like baby suns, beaming happiness no matter what the weather; their white veins, … Continue reading

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Tangerine Goes Ballistic

Raising chickens requires a PhD in psychology and conflict resolution. Hens have a tendency to believe that it’s all about them and that everything is theirs. Mine! Mine! Mine! That’s what they seem to be saying much of the time. … Continue reading

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A Bowl of Cherries

How many are lucky enough to start their morning with a bowl of freshly picked cherries? What a great way to start the day.

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Potato Pride

Do flowers have emotions? Do plants express their personality through their blossoms? Who knows? These potato flowers shout out, “I’m here! I have no fear! I’m here! I have no fear! Pollinate me!” They stand up as tall as they … Continue reading

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Samara Morning

This was a pleasant morning surprise. I was out in the woods working on fencing when I came face to face with vine maple samara. They look ready to flap their wings and take off. Another surprise is all the … Continue reading

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Out of the Garden Today – June 21, 2015

Fresh out of the garden for lunch today, purple potatoes, ruby streaks, and chard. New potatoes shout summer. Instead of digging up the potato plants, you can carefully dig under the potato plants, feel for new potatoes, and pull them … Continue reading

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Morning Fresh

The morning is fresh today after a gentle overnight rain. What do the dogwood petals think of raindrops? Do they tickle when they land and bounce and drip? Do they sting? Do they quench their thirst? Do they wait for … Continue reading

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It’s OK to be Crazy

It’s OK to be crazy. When I’m giving people change at Bow Little Market, I don’t want to be handing out dirty money. Paper money is easy to wash, dry, and iron, so why not wash it and hand out … Continue reading

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The Way to a Hen’s Heart

The way to a hen’s heart is through her beak. Which is why roosters spend much of their time looking for good things for the hens to eat. When they find delectable morsels, they let the hens know, and the … Continue reading

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Leaves on Fire

I was weeding around the grape vines and ran into these brilliant leaves. Sometimes the weeds are so stunningly beautiful, I can’t pull them.

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Does She Glow?

Does she glow? She just started sitting on a clutch of eggs. They should hatch July 5 or 6. She’s ensconced in one of the nurseries, safe to sit in peace, undisturbed, not having to worry about another hen wanting … Continue reading

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Wonder, Just a Few Steps Away

There are so many wonderful things just a few steps away from the front door. An hour doesn’t go by without seeing something that makes me smile. A dog sleeping in the grass, a scented geranium which leaves your fingers … Continue reading

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Magic At First Light

Few things are as magical as standing in a potato field when the first rays of the sun clear the trees. How do these plants take sunlight, mix it with nutrients in the ground, and make potatoes? It’s like magic. … Continue reading

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Wood Drying – The Show Must Go On

If you look at wood drying long enough, you can see it change color. Day by day, the sun, the wind, and the rain, bleach, dry, and stain the wood. The show goes on until this coming winter, when the … Continue reading

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Do Pumpkins Fly?

Do pumpkins fly? They sure look like they do when they spread their first leaves. They look like they’re spreading wings as they pop out of the ground. A few flaps and off they go.

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Skunky Today

Little Skunky is nearly grown up. There is just a hint of the eyeliner she had as a chick. The skunk stripes on her back are now cascades of black and gray and white feathers with tinges of brown. It’s … Continue reading

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With a Whole Lot of Little Helpers

The bees are everywhere these days. Just one of the many little helpers that make our lives possible. If it weren’t for bees, we couldn’t exist. Without ants, we wouldn’t be. Without plankton and plants, we wouldn’t have oxygen to … Continue reading

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An Attack I Lived to Tell

Whatever you do, don’t get too close to a mother hen with chicks. It’s like approaching a mother bear with cubs. I got too close to Himawari-hime while filming her taking her two day old chicks into the brush by … Continue reading

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