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The Good Life On Pumpkin Hollow Farm

Well, it’s snowing again.  As I write, warm in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot, earthy coffee, I watch the rain/snow mix fall weightlessly to the ground.  Maryjane thought Santa was coming the other night.  But, even folks that live in Colorado forget that April is one of our snowiest months and …

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My birthday present from Doug was a piece of our history together, a piece of our future together, a seemingly insignificant part of anyone’s life, but so beautiful I nearly cried.  Oil lamps.  We really miss our old ones! It is now romantic and just the amount of bright to read into the night.  Or until 10:00 anyway.  …

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Sunday was bright and just the right amount of warm.  We were like school girls tripping down the trail stopping every few minutes to look at new growth, smelling and tasting plants, and looking for snakes.  Laughter and stories fell around the group as we made our way down the meandering and winding path. One …

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lab·y·rinth ˈlab(ə)ˌrinTH/ noun noun: labyrinth; plural noun: labyrinths 1. a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze. “a labyrinth of passages and secret chambers” synonyms: maze, warren, network, complex, web, entanglement “a labyrinth of little streets” 2. Anatomy a complex structure in the inner …

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In winter,  you might find a child riding a zebra or a toddler on a horse.  Perhaps you’d like to sit with Santa or drink hot chocolate.  We choose our perfect Christmas tree and haul it home happily in the season. In spring this same place is a gardener’s best friend.  Heirloom seeds abound, many …

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The very first step is to sit with the land for a moment.  See which animals share that space.  See what weeds (or rather, medicinal herbs) are there.  What are the challenges?  What are the benefits?  Then measure the space.  Draw out (doesn’t have to be architecturally perfect) a grid so that you have a solid …

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In Liz Gilbert’s book, Big Magic, she refers to ideas as actual entities of their own and goes on to explain the real magic in that.  One poet talked about when an idea started coming she would run like heck to the kitchen to get paper and pen, sometimes even writing the poem backwards and …

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I have always been an active cheerleader and voice on the matter that anyone can homestead and farm anywhere.  I just didn’t know I would be living that mantra for awhile!  It is good for me to experience though and I would like to share with you 5 ways you can homestead anywhere (even in …

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Turmeric has long been touted for its health benefits.  Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and circulatory herb.  It improves blood flow, helps with digestive issues, and pain.  It is what I call a supporting actor in many of my medicines.  It helps all the other herbs do their jobs better. I am not an advocate …

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