Beauty and the Beast

The glistening snow is beautiful and unlike snow in cities, it stays pretty clean until it disappears.  But here’s a messy situation.  The rear tire of our trusty bucket tractor leaked out some of its filling — beet juice, molasses, and windshield wiper fluid.  Don’t ask why tractor dealers use that combination of fluids.  But…

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Hard Work and Hardly Working

It’s snowing as I write this but it won’t be long before the growing season is in full swing.  There will be a lot of work — of course, farming can be hard work.  But, we like taking time to appreciate nature.  Here, we are relaxing after a wicked (hahaha) afternoon of blueberry picking at…

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Working Dogs

Jennie captured the essence of winter in this photo of Gabe, the older of our two Great Pyrenees working dogs.  He lives outdoors 24/7 guarding our 40-head flock of sheep, mainly from coyotes, and is a central figure of the farm.  Admirers stop to take his picture even though he regards just about anything that…

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Working Cats

Let us introduce you to Ella, Buddha, and Leo, the farm’s working cats.  These and two other feral cats — way to shy to be photographed and not often seen — make up the farm’s rodent patrol.   All  from the same litter, they move as a unit and cuddle in the same bed. On duty…

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Mud Season

Mud season is upon us.  Right now the ground is still frozen an inch or so down so we have standing water with nowhere to go.  The solution is to seek higher ground, which is what Gabe is going for in this photo.  Not even the sheep who are slightly more tolerant of puddles wanted…

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