I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas from Cold Antler Farm! From me, the six other heartbeats in this farmhouse, and all the animals out in the paddocks and pastures. It’s a foggy and damp morning here, but all are well. The pigs are scrappy and silly. The horses are sharing hay out in the field. The sheep and goat are starting to share their hay better. The chickens are braving the trails and woods outside their dry coops. Even Honey the bait mouse is tucked happily a
I am working on writing a new book, and excited to share what has been going on behind the blog all these years on this farm. This book is the story behind everything you read or know about me, going back to my childhood and to this very moment in time on Cold Antler Farm. The book's themes all surround vulnerability, isolation, self awareness and the growth that comes from those things over time on one small farm. As vague as that sounds - basically it is a book about how I
Make an offer! I painted this as a way to help earn towards the mortgage. Send an email and know that shipping is $18 as well. This is an 8x10" canvas original watercolor and ink painting of a kestrel under the full moon at dusk! If you're not into kestrels and want to simply commission an original watercolor illustration like this on canvas, I am happy to draw your pets, livestock, any animal for a flat rate. Thanks for looking, wish me luck!
My yoga instructor reminded me of something so beautiful during one of her classes. As we were moving our bodies into a more difficult pose, deepening a stretch, she reminded us that when you’re uncomfortable your body can’t relax until you tell yourself that the discomfort is okay. Once you remind yourself, out loud if needed, that you’re okay in that moment the body instantly softens. The slight pain you think you’re feeling isn’t pain, it’s resistance. So when you think yo
Leftovers can be a masterpiece, the second or third chapter of a story told by animals, plants, farmers, recipes, strangers and ghosts. Here is a sloppy slab of Friday’s feast turned into Saturday afternoon supper. A rough pie crust made with butter, flour, and ice water. I lined a small casserole dish and filled the inside with chicken, squash, potatoes, onion, and gravy. The most comforting of comfort foods, that. The leftovers were a result of Friday's Dinner. I got to pre
Good morning from Cold Antler Farm! Shares of heritage pork are almost sold out for 2022! If you'd like a 1/4 or 1/2 pig for next winter please do send an email soon! My prices INCLUDE butchering, smoking, & boxing. All you need to do is come pick up your frozen share!
Hello there! If you want to support this small farm and get a hell of a Yuletide gift, I am offering 2 8x10" canvas commissions of animals/pets. These take around 3-5 hours to complete and cost more than the paper pet portraits, but are beautiful and ready to hang canvas pieces (and shipped for only $16). If you are interested please message me fast and I can get started so it is ready in time for the holidays! And if you simply want to contribute towards the blog writing her
The solstice crawls closer and closer, meaning both hope and fear. Hope for the celebration of more daylight and all the fuss of the holidays. Fear in that we are heading into the darkest of weeks before the dawn, days of cold and sunsets at 2PM on this side of the mountain. It can make a woman sad. Good thing I stay busy. I wake up early these days. I just want to be in the sunlight. I get up early, 4-5AM and light the fire and have the house warm by the time chores are done