Category Archives: spirituality

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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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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Hammer Mill

Two weeks ago, when I was going to work, a small wood chipper/ hammer mill caught my eye.  It was sitting in a row with some other used lawn equipment.  I decided to stop on the way home, just to … Continue reading

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Celebrating Labor Day Weekend like this….

Labor Day weekend 2019. We celebrated by picking  just over 1000 pounds of Cortland and Honeycrisp apples and  100 pounds of honey  from our apiary. I have a couple of more ton of apples to pick in the next few … Continue reading

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Rebranding our B and B

We have decided to re-open and (rebrand) our B and B on a seasonal basis….( May 15th through the end of October). We originally opened in 2006.   Closed in 2014.  90% of our guests came to us, not so much … Continue reading

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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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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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Solstice Day After 2018

The house is full of microbial activity this morning, much more than normal. I like that word…. microbial. Sauerkraut in the basement…. Bread raising in the oven. A new batch of sour dough starter on top of the frig. And … Continue reading

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Gone

I miss my cat. Pretty sure the coyote’s got him. He’s a neutered tomcat, so that impulse to travel the neighborhood  in search of love  was not there. The longest he has ever been gone before this was  4 days. … Continue reading

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