Monthly Archives: December 2018

Chickens on a Walkabout

On a quiet winter morning, the chickens are on one of their walkabouts. Do they dare each other to see how far they can venture into the woods? Rain is not their favorite thing, so any dry weather they can … Continue reading

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Dreams of Spring

Born a few days early, I checked underneath Daisy this morning like I do every day to make sure no other hen has laid a fresh egg among the eggs she is incubating, heard a peep, and saw a broken … Continue reading

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Disturbance and Calm

It’s fitting to have a sunny shortest day of the year. The sun shining through winter flower petals is a promise that spring is not far away. As mild as this winter has been, it seems like spring is just … Continue reading

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If I Had the Time

The hens are producing rather well this winter. They are averaging nearly 14 eggs a day, so it doesn’t take long to fill a sheet of 36 eggs. So how many different ways can the eggs be arranged in a … Continue reading

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Not a Vacation, a Trip to the Dump

I had to pull off Farm to Market Road on my way home from taking the recycling and trash to the transfer station to spend a few minutes admiring Mt. Baker and the winter clouds. Just a trip to the … Continue reading

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Why the Pasture is Never Flat

When we had the cows in the pasture, their heavy feet made holes all over. With the cows gone, we dreamed of a smooth meadow, but the pasture is even more uneven, and will never be flat. The dogs are … Continue reading

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Green in Winter

Even after a week of hard freezes, when the ground did not thaw during the day, the Shungiku 春菊 are bright green and growing. I had no idea they were such a hardy winter vegetable. I nearly ripped out the … Continue reading

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