Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

The morning was quiet and spring-like.  The birds sang brightly as the dawn arrived.  Isabelle was pressed against the wall of the lean-to and was quiet.  It was time. I made a strong tea of nettles, motherwort, red clover, and red raspberry leaves and poured it into her drinking water along with molasses. The chickens …

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We went and visited our friends, Lisa, Lance, Brandon, and Brett, on their homestead.  Maryjane is such a little animal lover and horse whisperer already.  Her friend, Tuvia (Lisa and Lance’s grandson) was there to play with her and together they visited with cows, chickens, horses, and dogs.  A farm girl in the works! The …

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The morning rang promise.  The air outside twenty degrees and the inside of the house had warmed to forty eight.  But the sun shone so brightly, so gloriously this morn and I found that the prairie’s cold edges had been softened by an overnight snowfall that left the spance of barrenness now dancing with tiny …

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-18 degrees outside with wind chill.  Since we cannot fly to the tropics we are keeping busy on this wintery day!  Jack Frost’s creativity and beautiful artwork in the windows inspired some of my own. While we are inside trying to stay warm it seemed a very good time to put on some music, turn …

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Tank takes a “selfie”. Henry Higgins impressing the ladies. Buttercup enjoying the sun. Watermelons starting to dream of summer. Isabelle wanting more sweet feed. Signs of the season. Priya and Elsa playing together. Irene, Nellie, Sylvia, and Cleo taking a break from standing in their water. Six week old Priya playing among the sticks. Today …

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Sometimes you have to stop and jump in a puddle…for no reason at all. And take a break to sit in the sun… Spend lots of time with friends…. Don’t sweat the small stuff… See everything as if it were the first time. Wishing you all a sense of wonder, enchantment, a prosperous spring, and …

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Just about 16 weeks ago my blog post that day (after three days of silence) had the most views of any of my writings since I started this farm blog last November.  A Child Was Born was anticipated and we all waited with baited breath for the safe arrival of this darling child.  My first …

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Time to stop and smell the flowers.  Doug snapped these beautiful photos yesterday.  Beautiful evening. In our hectic society we are taught to go, go, go!  The more one can get done, the better. But the whole reason behind taking a day of rest is to recuperate so that we are more efficient and healthier …

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