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Trails

In his book The Shepherd of the Hills, Harold Bell Wright referred to “the trail that is no one knows how old”. Growing up in the Ozarks myself, this passage spoke volumes to me because I had spent my life following trails. I whiled away many hours in the woods as a child and young adult ...

Snowy Day

We finally had our first big snow of the year! Well, big for us. When I was a child, we started having snow here sometimes as early as Halloween. We could count on several inches, at least three if not four times before spring arrived. School was never canceled. Bus drivers drove the parts of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hilza & Jeffery: A Love Story

Valentine's is this week. As I was feeding the sheep this morning, I thought about all the sheep we've had in the last 17 years and I thought the story of Hilza and Jeffery would be nice to share for the holiday.In the year 2000, our good friends and neighbors decided they could no longer care ...

Let It Snow!

It's amazing what a little snow can do to lift your spirits. Its been dark and gloomy for a few days here at Old Home Farm. Then on Sunday morning this week, we got up to softly falling snow! Suddenly it felt like being a kid again. We haven't had much snow here in a few years now, and this was ...

Fits Like A Glove

When you live on a farm, there is one thing you can count on every day – farm chores! Most of the time this is very enjoyable for me. It's actually fun going out to feed the chickens and having them gather around my feet, clucking softly and waiting expectantly.I love going the the barn with ...

Beatrice the Bum

I made a mistake last weekend that every good shepherd knows not to do. I moved a mother and her twins before I should have. You see, when an ewe lambs, she must first clean the lamb thoroughly and expel the afterbirth before you can move her. To do so before either of these things happen is to ...

Lambing Season

There is nothing like sitting in a barn on a still, cold night watching a new mother and her lamb nestled in the hay in a warm circle of lamplight. No matter the temperature, you feel warm inside. You can see your breath, and hear owls calling softly in the woods. It seems as if this is the ...

A Typical Morning

Every morning as Greg leaves for work, the dogs and I have a morning ramble. It's good exercise for us all, and gives the dogs some play time. Our big dog, Beauregard, is a Pyrenees and German shepherd mix who would patrol the fence line of the entire 40 acres all day long if left on his own, ...

Nice To Meet Ya!

If 10 years ago you would have told me I'd be happily nestled onto a small plot of land surrounded by children, animals and dirt, I would have never have believed you. I didn't grow up thinking, man, I can't wait to bake everything from scratch, get my fingernails dirty in the garden and scoop ...

Something to be Thankful For

Country living, homesteading, rural life, no matter what you call it, it conjures up different feelings, thoughts and theories of what exactly it means. Much like art, it is in the eye and heart of the beholder. For me and my husband, it is making the most of what we have, either due to ...

Raising Sheep Again 20 Years Later

This weekend our farm grew once again with the arrival of four sheep. We purchased three ewes and a ram lamb. The first picture is of our new flock.This brings me back to my youth when my sisters and I raised sheep. It all started when my older sister had a friend that was in 4-H and had a ...

Let’s Bring Back Bartering

Finally! The temperature here in southwestern Wisconsin rose up into the 50s! It was a wonderful day to enjoy being outside, so we helped Graham, a neighboring shepherd, and his wife, Margaret, who also operate a B&B on their lovely farm, to vaccinate their pregnant ewes. They raise ...

The Reason God Made Hawthorne Bushes

This! This is the reason God made Hawthorn Bushes. I forget all year that there might be a good thing about these horrible, thorny and obnoxious weed bushes. When I see this scene in the winter I remember something good about Hawthorn Bushes. This makes me forget the thorns tips broken and ...

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