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Fall Has Come

October is nearly over, and so is the growing season. We have yet to do a fall/winter garden.We do have plans to set up cold frames and have a go at it. But not this year. So, this last week, we began the 'bedding down' of many things around the farm.The last of the garden produce was ...

Laundry Soap – The Old Fashioned Way

I grew up in the 1960s and '70s on a very self-sufficient farm. We made nearly everything we ate or used, including laundry soap.As I've said before, Mother did laundry in a wringer washing machine on the front porch in all kinds of weather.For detergent, she used homemade lye soap grated fine ...

This Old Barn

Growing up on the farm, my favorite place has always been the barn. I spent many, many hours as a child playing there.There were bales of hay to climb and hide in. There were barn cats to pet. There were stalls to turn into play houses, jails, and caves.There was the tack room full of ...

A Tale of Two Schools

Last weekend I attended an Alumni reunion at my old school. This is a common enough occurrence, but for me it is rather unique.I am a graduate of a consolidated school. A combination of two schools that not only had great pride in themselves, but were also rivals.The Bruno school is where I ...

The Weaver and the Loom

As I was tidying up the place the other day, I picked up a pair of placemats and my thoughts went back to the weaver of this special gift.When I was a child I came to know one of my Granny's dearest friends. Though 10 years separated them in age (Granny was older), they became fast friends as ...

Blackjack

One of the great things about living in the country is the way neighbors give to one another. If someone is tearing down an old building, they usually call someone and say, "Hey, I've got [an old door, window, roofing etc] do you need it?"Or maybe it's, "Hey, I've got extra [tomatoes, ...

A Community Tradition

One of the things I love most about living in the county is the community.My community extends farther than just my little 40 acres. In the years I have lived here, I have seen many lovely community events all around me.Each year there is the annual Bruno Fire Department Fish Fry held to raise ...

You’re My Best Friend

In the beginning of time when God created the animals, He gave to them a "herd" instinct that drew them together. Sheep and birds "flock" together. Other animals form a herd or colony or pack. Baboons even come together as a "congress." (That gives food for thought...) Sometimes, animals form ...

The Basics of Butchering Chickens

The spring and summer months are always busy on a farm. First there are new lambs, new piglets, planting garden, and raising chicks. Then comes the harvest and butcher time.This week, we harvested carrots and replanted the bed for fall. I also harvested my onions and laid them out in the sun ...

The Love in A Cookbook

As I've said before I love to cook. For eons, family life has revolved around food, all the way from Abraham and Sarah sitting by the cooking fires, to the advent of the dining table.When I was growing up, all families around here sat down to each meal together at the table and visited, ...

A Nocturnal Visit From An Old Friend

There is nothing quite so eerie as the cry of a screech owl. My ancestors are Irish, and Granny used to tell of her grandmother swearing that every time she heard a screech owl, it was really a banshee crying out for the soul of someone destined to die. When Granny was little, the sound would ...

It’s a Southern Thing

Every year I succumb to a certain malady. Actually, it's more of an addiction that only another Southern can understand. Just when my tomatoes begin to bare fruit, I am overcome with an uncontrollable urge to pick them. I can never wait for the first fruit to ripen, no matter hard I try. I ...

Harvest Time!

There is nothing so satisfying as setting a plate on the table consisting of all of your own food. Food you have grown yourself — carefully planned for, tended, harvested, and "put by," as my mother used to say.I recently started my harvest. Greg and I only plant small beds as there is just ...

Wheels of My Own

Wheels of my own. The magic words for every young person. These days it usually means a car, if not a skate board. But in my day, bicycles were the big thing.Even in the country, we all wanted to have a bicycle. All we had were dirt roads and cow trails through the field, but we were all wild ...

A Shave and a Haircut

Greg was on vacation last week. Not only did it mean some fun down time, but it was also a time to catch up on some overdue projects around the farm. We extended the clothes line, bush-hogged some pasture, and did a little sheep shearing.Our girls are a mixed breed, mostly hair but with a ...

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