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The Vortex Returns

Swirling sheep? No- just more of this season’s fickle weather. 66 to 16 to 60 to -6, howling winds and blinding, blowing white out conditions. Sounds normal for the Dakotas, but not so normal for Mother Nature in southern ¬†Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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Summer’s Dyeing

Oh when the pot boils and steams, these are the days of dyers’ dreams!

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Heading into the end of summer

It’s greener than I ever remember an August to be. Sheep are in the meadow. Goats have mowed the fencerow. Apples are doing the ripening thing and the corn is going toward dryness on the stalk. Butterflies are hitting the … Continue reading

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Summer of heat, drought and storms

Farming in the Mid- Atlantic teaches you patience and planning–and learning to realize that your plans get altered. Weather and climate determine how most farming progresses. You learn to manage weeds on the weeds’ schedule. Mow them down. They make … Continue reading

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Friday at last…

What a beautiful end to this week! What a difference from last week! ¬†Ten inches of snow pre-Halloween was a bit much. Luckily we had gotten a large load of hay the week before. After an early spring of coolness … Continue reading

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A Week of Temps ABOVE freezing!

The weather is changing! I can finally see grass in the pasture as the snow gradually leaves on the south facing slopes. What snow there is has gone through fluffy, granular, sugary, slush, back to ice and finally hard packed … Continue reading

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In the Dark of the Year

Howling wind, frigid temperatures and days since we’ve seen green pastures set the season. Evergreen boughs with twinkling lights and visits with family have encouraged us to continue. Rams and bucks are running with the ewes and does. Soon the … Continue reading

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Rain is coming, by the inch

The spreading blue and red swath of tropical storm Nicole is bringing us what we’ve needed all summer- inches of rain to the Mid- Atlantic. The run in sheds and barn are all battened down for the night. Hay is … Continue reading

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Water and Summer’s Dog Days

Today marked two hundred fifty gallons for the sheep, goat and alpaca. The temp reached 96 in the shade this afternoon. Even the cat just lay in the one spot with grass under the scrubby trees and didn’t move much. … Continue reading

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Hello world! Another tech option discovered…

In the realm of communication, blogging definitely has it’s place. Here I hope to share life on the farm, close to the land. If I give anyone an appreciation of what joy there is in living this way and perhaps … Continue reading

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