Category Archives: life in the country

The Farmer’s Wake

It happened the  Fall of 2012.  The first time I  read a  poem  that  I instantly connected with. Heck, it was the first time I’d ever connected w/ a poem, period. I mentioned recently, I live in the Hinterlands far … Continue reading

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To build and maintain a small tidy house in the country

I hate clutter. At the moment I am surrounded by it. In just the room I am sitting in there are eight boxes of books, magazines, a pile of rugs,  a partially disassembled play pen, stack(s) of baskets,  multiple piles … Continue reading

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Meditation on a Moldy Bale of Hay

I noticed  some many of the potatoes in the heavy mulch (Ruth Stout method) garden plot were starting to sunburn two weeks ago. Sunburn= the potato skin turns green because they are too close to the surface. I’m running low … Continue reading

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Notes on our current efforts to downsize – Part 1- the heating system

It dawned on me for the first time this morning I have become a bonafide “DIY” (“Do it yourself-er”) I love to learn, think outside of the box and figure things out. The more areas of life I am conversant … Continue reading

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Running from the law

Got a thank you note from Dawn and the girls  yesterday. They are back home. They’d been living with us since early April. Not one, but five single females. Now that is a lot of Estrogen. I haven’t mentioned this … Continue reading

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Our 2015 self sufficient food goals

The sweet smell of apple wood is in the air as I type. The scent is on my hands, and on my blue jeans. I just finished cutting up almost 200 pounds of  apple wood that is destined for a … Continue reading

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Our 2014 Earthworm Census

I was thumbing through my copy of Storey’s Basic Country Skills/ A Practical Guide To Self-Reliance by John and Martha Storey three nights ago.  Their section on “getting to know your soil” “soil Organisms” and “The Mighty Earthworm” caught my … Continue reading

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