Strawberry Picking

I hope the iPod captured my girl bent in the rows, striding from one aisle to the next, engrossed in the joy she’d requested.  Biodynamic and ever so sweet, the strawberries swept away three days of vertigo I couldn’t shake. Yay! for strawberries. Yay for kids who beg to go picking. Yay for Spring, for sandy soil and brothers who go along anyway. It was a magical day.

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Who’s a Farmer?

Yesterday someone called me a farmer.  I’m a farmer?  No, I have a farming lifestyle.  A farmer has a farm, and farms full-time. Sounded nice. It will be true.

This morning I went out to let out the sheep and while there decided to pick up whatever eggs were already waiting.  A stray duck egg in a garden row definitely needed eating, and the spinach and kale would toss in nicely.

I came back with my shirt full of eggs. Duck egg and kale omelette anyone?  It’s delicious enough to make you feel like a well-loved SOMEBODY.


Queen of the May

You gotta love a hen who goes broody on May Day.

Why?  Because when you start on the first of the month,  it’s so doggone easy for the kids to keep track of how many days she’s been on the eggs, and do the math for how many are left.

That silver-laced Wyandotte is Queen of the May…

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Have you ever trussed with an onion?  Neither have I…until today. Cooking is becoming more significant lately.  I had to put Jacob down. It was really painful. We will use every part of him. Farming and hunting are different.  In farming, one lives in relationship with an individual.  In hunting, one is in relationship with the web of life. In the former, we belong to each other; in the latter, we are all subjects together. I almost prefer hunting. It hurts my heart less. truss with onion

Easter Lamb

As the day faded, and I wandered around outside talking on the phone and gently doing chores, imagine my shock when I turned around to find this!  Good Heavens!  You know it’s Easter when the lambs arrive.


Third and Final Stage

This is the finished product, and the final stage (sans plastic cover) of aging in the refrigerator…unless you count eating and enjoying as Stage Four!

cream cheese

(Psst:  There’s a wee finger mark in the back where I had a sample…yum!)


Out with the old..

This is the old one.

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Thanks Aunt Clare for the amazing upgrade! Hope you like the look.  Actually, now that the graphic designer sees the work of son and I, he is ready to step in and clean it up…which is about how I get a lot of projects done around here (it’s how I got a new tub once!): one broad stroke from me, nine minutia fixes from him, and voila, product. According to the man, there’s some shrinking and shifting around to do still.  Now that he says it, I totally agree.  That beats cutting mitered corners every time!  But, we’re on our way, thanks to Clare (  I’ll share the final result.

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