Category Archives: self sufficient

When I Was Three

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Extraction Day

“Yaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh! There’s a bee!” About the same time, I (DM) felt a bee coming in for the kill on my head.   Time to skedaddle to the house. Off in the distance, my daughter and law and grandson were having their … Continue reading

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More is better, right?

It’s human nature to want to post pictures of our success, like when we’re on vacation, or our glamour photos, when we have a good peach crop etc.: Do you want to know the truth when it comes to growing … Continue reading

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Got a call this afternoon…

My cell phone rang this afternoon.  Looked like it could be a local cell phone so I answered. Good thing I did. “Hi Doug.  This is Pam Davis.   Someone suggested I give you a call.  We have a swarm of … Continue reading

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Show and tell

Show and tell is one of my favorite memories (and activities, in elementary school)  Did you do that when you were in school? On that note, I wanted to do a quick show and tell. My sister Karen  is former … Continue reading

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Had to send them packing

Six laying hens are the perfect number to keep us supplied with eggs. When things got weird this past March and eggs were in short supply, I decided to keep a dozen hens.  Then added another 6 to the mix … Continue reading

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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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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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