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Farm Life Fridays – A Love Story

This quote:

Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.”
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

 And some pictures:

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Farm Life Fridays – Goats

Have you ever tried to take a close-up of a goat’s eye?  I mean…seriously!!!!It is not an easy task. 

Despite warnings to: 

Never look a goat in the eye, never.


I want to take a picture of their eyes.  

I thought it would help to launch what I believe will be where I settle for my blog post framework.   The framework is an adaptation of a reading strategy I heard on a podcast.   (Sorry, no link…it was quite awhile ago and I am not sure which podcast it was.).  The strategy I heard was 2Q’s and a C.   I want to try 2Q’s and a CAP.  That is, I want each post to include a question, a quote, a comment and something that starts with A…application, answer, adaptation, ah ha…., and photos.  But not necessarily in that order.   

Which brings me back to the goats.  My question is not if you have ever tried to take a close-up…rather I want to know why the pupil of a goat’s eye is a rectangular,   Do you have any idea why this is the case? 

I think I found an answer,….but….I am still not settled on the posts framework. I guess I will need to keep my eye open!   

 And that is my final comment🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐

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Farm Life Fridays – Goodbyes

This week has been a sad one.

On Sunday we said goodbye to our little lamb Fluffy.

On Monday we said goodbye to our sweet Miss Annie.   She was 14 years old and had lived a good life, but saying goodbye to her was beyond difficult.

She has always been a part of our family.

She was the bride’s maid at our wedding.Wedding 3

And she managed to photo bomb the anniversary photos that followed.  IMG_1625

She welcomed both of our babies home.  Well she thought Dustin was a squirrel at first…but she had things figured out by the time Clayton got here.   


Speaking of squirrels…she killed at least two trees defending our home from any, and all squirrels who dared to taunt her.

She’s killed a few chickens, and hid about 60 muskrat furs.  But always she loved and was loved.

Goodbye Miss Annie….we will miss you baby girl.

We are certain she and Jenny are romping around in heaven!!!!!
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Farm Life Fridays – Living Our Dreams

Two dreams to share with you tonight.

It is strange to think that last year at this time we just had a dream. It seemed like an improbable dream.   But…

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For years I have dreamed of naming a little girl Calliope Jane.  But I have been blessed with two little boys instead.  Still It was sad to know I would never get to use that name.   Sad to know that some dreams are just not realized.  But then today we welcomed a new little girl to the farm.

IMG_1019Welcome home Calliope Jane…Or if you prefer Cow.lie.o.(the black-eyed).pea Jane.   The name just suits her.  Don’t you think?

Keep dreaming friends!