Monthly Archives: October 2018

For the Love of Water

We got a larger, deeper water tank for the ducks and they are in heaven. The first thing they do when I let them out in the morning is rush over to the new tank for a morning swim. Actually, … Continue reading

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Beans Worthy of the Gods

My first picking of Shirohana-mame 白花豆 is an offering worthy of the gods. This year they ripened too late for the farmers markets, which means, we will have to eat them all by yourselves. Worse tragedies have befallen this world. … Continue reading

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The Start of a New Garden Year

It’s garlic planting time. In a way this first planting for next year’s garden has the feel of the start of a new year. The soil is already cool, and I wonder how it is that garlic thrives underground in … Continue reading

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Happy Weather for Happy

It’s impossible to complain about this fall weather. Each day brings more sunshine and more brilliant foliage to enjoy. The forecast is for more extended rain starting Thursday, so until then, we’ll enjoy each gorgeous fall day. And so will … Continue reading

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Happy Finds a Home

On Sunday, Happy, a four month old Buff Orpington rooster came to live with us. His kind owners in the city were not able to keep him once he started crowing, and asked me if I could take him. I … Continue reading

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The Last Daisy

The October sun reaches to the forest floor. With the summer market over, there is time to work on the forest trails, build new fences, mend old ones, and work on a list of projects that will keep me busy … Continue reading

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First Frost Certainty

This morning’s surprise was a fine lace of frost on the grass and ground covers. First frost is something worth celebrating. You always know when it is the first frost, however, in late winter or early spring, you never know … Continue reading

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Thank You

A rare, cloudless sky blessed the last day of this year’s Mt Vernon Farmers Market. We could not have dreamed of a better October day to close the season. Many thanks to all of you who came by. It was … Continue reading

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One Lucky Person

October’s cobalt blue skies continue. There is no rain in the forecast until the end of the month. The cottonwoods towering on the other side of the pond are starting to turn. It won’t be long before their golden leaves … Continue reading

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Golden October

October is golden under clear, blue skies. Humans have yet to invent a word to adequately describe autumn’s beauty. It will soon be time to pick up the rake and gather in a harvest of a million leaves, to blanket … Continue reading

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October Mysteries

The chill October days mean it’s time to pick the last of the berries, and bring in the last of the tomatoes. Another season of gardening is coming to an end. It’s a time to reflect on some of the … Continue reading

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Within Reach

Chickens love apples. They love most any fruit. They will eagerly go for any bit of apple I drop on the ground. What is odd is that up above them, in plain view, and chickens have excellent eyesight, are apples … Continue reading

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No Trauma

Sometimes when a mother hen decides it is time to go back on the roost, it can be a traumatic experience for her chicks. They are used to spending the night with her in a nest on the ground, and … Continue reading

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