Author Archives: DM

Tribute to the Creggan White Hare

To all of you that love your freedom…   Creggan White Hare [Verse 1] In the lowlands of Creggan there lives a white hare As swift as the swallow that flies through the air You may tramp the world over … Continue reading

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Current Events (locally)

One of my honey bee mentors  reached out to me last week with an offer. He said he had an extra nuc (new colony of bees) that he would be willing to trade  for some apples come fall. (We have … Continue reading

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Hardening

I picked up a nuc of honey bees a month ago.  (A nuc is short hand for a new colony of honey bees, ie, nucleus) . In talking with the owner about overwintering  bees,  he told me something very interesting.  … Continue reading

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I want you to be thinking…

I want you to be thinking how you would answer the question, “What is your most prized  physical possession, and why?  The answer to that question, may change over the course of our lives, so there is that. Not right … Continue reading

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This morning

Saw this photo come across my Facebook feed this morning. Welcome to my world. Photo by Abeling photography I drive by that grain elevator almost daily.  DM        

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The question is…

Decided to scrap my other attempts at  “What have I learned the past several weeks” and come at it from a different angle.  🙂 ++++++++++++++ This is all farm related stuff I’ve learned as a direct result of the current … Continue reading

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“What have you learned over the past few months?

I apologize in advance if that question bugs you just a little.  😉 But I am genuinely curious, and after it seems most of you have weighed in, I too will give that question a whirl. Thank you in advance! … Continue reading

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The Good Gift

This will be short. Picture of our property in 1921. The young girl in the middle surrounded by chickens was the previous owner before we bought it.  Her name was Cecelia.   She never got married.  She loved cats.  Had over … Continue reading

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Beast Mode

I mentioned in the previous post, the bottom has dropped out of the cattle and hog market nation wide (due to (COVID-19).  Multiple packing plants are closed and farmers who have hogs ready for market are selling them for pennies … Continue reading

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This little piggy IS going to market

I remember  grandpa talking about having a truck load of hogs ready for market during the Great Depression and not being able to get $5.00 a piece.   That’s 280 pounds of live hog for $5.00.  By the time they paid … Continue reading

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