I must admit, cats have really grown on me. This farm now has three, since Shannon moved in with her black cat, Velvet. Velvet is an indoor cat. She's fancy and purrs like a pickup and doesn't have any interest in being outdoors. She's a city kitty. But Bo and Bree, my two barn/farm/hell cats are indoor/outdoor beasts and sometimes like to taunt the new girl. Taunt like doing this horror movie entrance back into the farmhouse through the screen door. This was caught on camera
A few months ago, back in the early spring before the apple blossoms showed up and weeds were a nostalgic memory (they are currently a present plague) - I bought a truck. It's no secret that money is hard to come by around here, so I didn't buy or lease anything new. I bought a 1998 GMC off of a neighbor down the road. I knew him, the original owner, and felt comfortable handing over the $1300 cash for the vehicle. The frame was in good shape, rust was minimal, it had great t
If you want to support this farm and look great doing it, consider buying a logo design or the gift of logo design for a friend! My logos are a flat rate, never charged by the hour, and you get professional work for less than the cost of taking your in-laws to dinner. Sales of logos are the fastest way for this farm to catch up and start preparing for winter (hay, firewood, morale!) so please send a message if you are interested! P.S. Gift certificates for logos never expire!
This past weekend was a big step for me, a really big step. After over 11 years of never leaving the dogs alone for a night, of constantly being together all the time - Shannon took me to the big city without crates, leashes, and dog food baggies in the car. Yup, we left the farm and the dogs in the hands of trusted friends and drove away up and up the state of New York until we crossed over past the Adirondacks and ended up in the big city: Burlington. I was nervous to leav
Shannon is 5'7" and just LOOK at the sunflowers we planted beside her! They are between 10 and 12 feet tall! What started as seeds we planted in large plastic bucket containers behind our garden has turned into such amazingly tall beasts! That wasn't planned at all, they were basically there to be winter bird feeders and look cute while giving something for the squash to climb up, not these humungous towers! But I had to share how tall they were and they haven't even BLOOMED
I am so happy to share these honey soaps! They are unscented, and made with amber honey and crumbled comb to create a creamy bar with a subtle essence of honey without and overpowering scent or any artificial dyes or color. They are the perfect gifting size and also wonderful as guest bars or bathroom. If you'd like some please send a message!
The rain has been relentless, and not just here in the Battenkill Valley. My Twitter feed this morning was filled with flooding all over the world, mostly in Western Europe and those floods are echoing even worse flooding in India, as well as other areas smashed with heavy rains. I was realizing how little I have hiked, rode the horses, shot my bow, and swam in the river this summer and it’s because most weeks have one nice day without heavy rain (if we are lucky - yesterday
It’s a beautiful morning on the farm. The sun is out, the sky is blue, and the world is warm and bright. Last night we got to spend time with friends in town, enjoying homemade pizza’s and sitting around a fire pit with new friends. It was lovely, and the kind of everyday joy you get to experience with sunlight and bare arms in the summer twilight. Not much to update on around here, but wanted to share this picture of our year-old hen Moonpie and her two babies she hatched ou
Yesterday Shannon and I drove over to Livingston Brook Farm late in morning. We'd both been up early, both had sweated through morning chores, both had hot coffee despite the humidity, and both of us had put in a few hours of work at our computer stations. It was time for a break, but our visit over to my friend Patty’s farm was not to sit on the porch sipping lemonade. Shannon and I were going to help butcher rabbits. We had three of the rabbits we raised sitting in a carrie
I think about what makes a day “good" a lot. What things should be checked off my list of mundane accomplishments to consider one rotation of this planet a personal success? And when I write a sentence like that it already has me laughing, and proving a point: the little things we consider the ingredients of a good or bad day - they don’t matter. Not in the big picture. Not at all. I used to think a good day was one where I checked new work off my to-do list (freelance and fa
It’s been a wet and wild beginning to July around these parts. Rain falls by the inch, turning parts of this mountainside farm into slicks of mud. Luckily all the animals have found comfortable places to ride out the rain. The horses enjoy being high on the hillside, far from the fuss of the forest when rain falls. The sheep and Cade the goat go into their pole barn. The pigs have a raised pen in the barn, on fresh hay, where a box fan moves air from one open door of the barn
Two days ago the rain started with a torrential storm of hail and wind. Between dumping over an inch of rain in 24 hours, knocking over trees, and flooding the creek - there wasn’t much to be done but hunker down. The days before were hot, humid, and messy. Our shoulders are red, the sky was dark, and the rain was refreshing as it was scary at times. But the power stayed on and I swear the entire farm got a shade greener. But I am telling you this as a set up. Because after t