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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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It Could Be Spring

It could be spring. The morning fog still clings to delicate leaves as the sun burns it away. The sun this morning is as bright as the sun on a mid March morning. But it is autumn, the changing maples … Continue reading

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Sublime Sunshine; Duck Therapy Anyone?

Every morning I step out of the house and walk the paths through the woods, I realize how fortunate I am to be able to live in this spot, tucked away, surrounded by woodland. And yesterday was sublime, not a … Continue reading

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Singing in the Woods

Most of the time, they are too deep in the brush and woods to be seen, but there is no mistaking the soft, sweet singing of little chicks following their mother. The singing of chicks foraging with their mother is … Continue reading

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Waking up to Fall

Summer walked away last week, and Fall walked in with its gentle rains and cool mornings. On the way to the cabin to make tofu for Blossom on Lopez and Anacortes Food Coop, I was surprised to find Sweet Annie … Continue reading

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A Pleasant Harvest

What harvesting sunflower seeds was like was something that never crossed my mind before. It’s a pleasant sensation, loosening the seeds from the soft, honeycomb sphere of the sunflower. I planted sunflowers this year because the chickens love sunflower seeds. … Continue reading

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Before Arugula Dies

Before arugula dies, it goes to seed. Its flower stalks turn into waves of slender seed pods, seed pods with a hundred or so tiny seeds. Each flower stalk of arugula has twenty to thirty seed pods. Each arugula plant … Continue reading

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