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Pear wars

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The cold is early this year; yesterday I found the first crimson leaf from the wild pear trees that grow along our fence line. Green pears are turning golden and a few have fallen.  The fence is shared with a neighbor who grazes cattle, and while the pears are too bitter for us to enjoy, the dogs and the cows think …

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Night noises

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Maybe he’s paying us back for his last unhappy experience going to the vet. Maybe we just worry too much. Last night I woke at about 3:00 a.m. One of those noises, frequent in the country, but something seemed different.  A furious scream (is that a cat?) followed by two odd shrieking sounds.  And then Finnegan, barking loudly: something is wrong! …

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A room of her own . . .

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Even though the adult hens are tapering off, I have been collecting one or two eggs a day, pale blue or green, while waiting for the “chiclets” to start producing. But for a couple of weeks now there have been none, or maybe just one, in the nesting boxes. Not nearly so much fun to shut the chickens up every …

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And they lay blue eggs

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My beautiful Auracana hens are now over three years of age. Never considered the most prolific of layers, they are producing fewer lovely pale blue and turquoise eggs. For a laying hen, the first two years are the best and then she tapers off. Some people then make chicken stock, but I confess to fondness for my handsome hens. They …

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Nine lives — going fast

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Dennis just jumped up on the desk and is purring and rubbing to distract me from the computer. (Remember that feral cat who was going to live in the barn?) He wants to say he has forgiven us for the terrible fright he had yesterday. We didn’t see him when we came home last night, but he is often out …

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We thrive on the quiet – listening

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How does one convey the healing values of the quiet on a dew-laden spring morning.  It rained last night, just what the spring grass (and the lambs) need.  As the sun came up I sat on my porch and watched a ewe take her first drink of the morning  The Canadian geese were making their usual “honking” spring pass down …

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Cows?

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This place is really all about the animals. Bill and I spent our first ten years together on a large farm in the rural South—several thousand acres of pine, pasture, soybeans and corn. And on the pasture were brood cows and their calves. Before long I, a city girl, was helping to herd them into the squeeze chute, vaccinate them, …

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Yes, he moved in . . . to the house

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Dennis is a very handsome, green-eyed fellow, and he is almost as social as a dog, following us up and down the property and riding in the car and truck. He tried to go home with the electrician one day—his van was full of interesting cubbies! As the house was being finished, a professionally installed cat door went in, six …

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And then there was Dennis . . .

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I am a dog person. I don’t want a cat, but on a farm we need a feral cat who lives in the barn. I will NOT have a cat in the house, NEVER, EVER. Soon after acquiring the property we moved into temporary quarters (the garage and our camper) and the place was invaded by carpenters, excavators, electricians and …

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