January 17, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
So, what happens when MailChimp's upload of pictures is not working, as it is not at this moment? Do we substitute each picture with 1,000 words. I have six pictures to share with you. Would six thousand words or ten pages of type serve as a substitute? That would be deadening. The pictures will wait until next week!
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January 8, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
It has been 30 years since we last harvested timber from our woods, despite monthly inquiries from loggers. The venture three decades ago left us with scarred trees, deep ruts, and considerable apprehension.
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January 1, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Old family friends once shared with us their grandmother's recipe, with which we indulge once a year during these holidays. The eggs come from our farm, but we can't claim the Maker's Mark or rum that lace egg whites and whipped cream with addictive powers.
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December 17, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
This picture was inspired by fearless friend and neighbor, Nancy Stranahan, who runs the Highland Nature Sanctuary about five miles up the road. Her Winter Newsletter features "tree people" and the majesty of local forests she is preserving, with the help of many supporters.
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December 11, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
Bringing the tribe together is a rewarding and complicated process, that leaves one enriched by personalities, exhausted by endless efforts, relieved by termination, and hopeful for the next round. As we gather during this season of celebration, we present ourselves with much to navigate. One phenomenon is the clan is always changing, yet it is constant as a whole. Our children, parents, and selves keep naturally evolving and moving outward. They and we also marry or bring partners to the fore, who thankfully instill new vigor and shift old patterns. The group feels homogeneous from the outside, but is percolating with unruly life on the inside, forging strength for the future.
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December 5, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
One of the hardest things in life is knowing when to wait and when to advance. For those eager to engage, waiting can be very difficult. But timing often is the difference between success and failure, so the most expeditious way forward can be standing still. This is an intense activity in itself, as witnessed in these border collies, which is not to be confused with lethargy or passivity.
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November 28, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
The well-pump at the dairy wouldn't stop running, so we assumed a leak had sprung in the underground waterline somewhere. Even with 18,000 feet of waterline to trace, a leak usually announces itself through a large wet spot in the ground. We have always found leaks in the past, but this one was proving totally elusive.
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November 19, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
This may be one of the few examples where the rear is as beautiful as the head! These horses love to work, and it shows.
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November 15, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
He is a neighbor, who dropped off this harvest from his hives, in anticipation that a deer he would be tracking might come onto our property... Such was his explanation, but to us this felt like an expression of his pure goodness; he wanted to give. It was a deep privilege to receive the offering. He was so earnest and his gesture so beautiful, it almost felt sacred.
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November 8, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
These verdant pastures will provide welcome nutrition to lactating cows well into the winter, despite lack of rain in August and September. I had been aiming to graze into February, but lack of timely moisture probably means grass will expire by early January. We will keep you posted.
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October 31, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
This is a place of worship on our farm. Services here are conducted in strange cadence by invisible figures. Services are both endless and brief, structured and formless, liturgical and irreverent, comprehensible and unfathomable... The cathedral offers windows that transport to the heavens. In this sphere, awe, humility, and peace blend to inspire the beholden. This corner of our land helps us raise our food and bring it to you and and it helps you find us. Through places like this, we are united.
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October 24, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
This is one of the cows Susan bought at the auction, who gave birth to a bull-calf within a week of arrival.
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