Author Archives: DM

The Hum of Ten Thousand Wings

Living here on this 140 year old farmstead  never gets old…. I was out in the garden/orchard just now soaking it all in. The temps this morning are in the mid 60’s,  there is a light breeze.  Great way to … Continue reading

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When the grandkids visit the farm

All of our kids and grand kids were back this week to celebrate  grandma’s birthday.  (It was a good week) As things were starting to wind down,   one of the  granddaughters asked, “Can I check on the chickens  one more … Continue reading

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Drama in the hive

When I got home from work yesterday, I noticed honeybees swarming the 5 gallon bucket of water I have set outside  the chicken coop.  Sun was shining, no wind, temperature in the 60’s, perfect conditions for the bees to be … Continue reading

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Success

Finally. I finally cracked the code on how to make thick, healthy yogurt at home. It happened on Wednesday. I’ve watched videos on YouTube, read multiple blog posts, talked with Nicole our neighbor who knows how to make it.  Had … Continue reading

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Now that had to hurt

Gathered  these, this morning from our new  pullets. In case you’ve never had chickens before, when a chicken first starts to lay, you will  sometimes find an egg with a double (or even triple) yoke. I think we have a … Continue reading

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Sun Dog

Sun Dog 1-24-19 (Took that at sun set last night). ++++++++++++++++++++++ I love winter. ( I really do). It gives me a chance to do things I normally don’t have time to do when I’m building houses. +++++++++++++++++ Writing 80% … Continue reading

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Artisan bread making for a beginner

The smell of onion flakes, sour dough, caraway, black poppy and sesame seed is in the air….the darn stuff smells so good. I am on a bread making kick (again). For years my go-to recipe was a rye bread recipe … Continue reading

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