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Goslings

Each winter since we bought the farm, two geese come and make a nest in the same place.  We like to think they are the same geese and we affectionately named them Goosey & Gander.  This year turtles robbed the nest and ate the eggs.  But Goosey made a second nest in a different area and we’ve been patiently waiting for the new arrivals.  Today we saw the first one sneak out from under mother goose.


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City Slickers

We recently bought the farm behind our place.  The kids and I decided that our two Belted Galloway cows would enjoy grazing the farm instead of the 2 acre pen they’ve lived in.  The theory:  get a bucket of sweet feed and they’ll follow us to the promised land like Noah loading the ark.  But Bossy & Sweetie were too distracted by the grass to go .  (there’s a sermon in there somewhere)



After plenty of coaxing and encouraging, the cattle drive was on…


And eventually we made it and the sister cows will enjoy plenty of grazing and excercise.


Fort Galloboro

Leave kids alone in the woods for long and they’ll build a fort.  No instructions here…just sticks & imagination.

The spring rains have turned our babbling brook…

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…into an impressive little flood of fast moving current.

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This year we’re passing the baton of keeping our lawn green and clean to  the boys.  It won’t be an easy job but it’ll be a great learning experience and lots of good hard work.


Stocking The Pond

Another off season activity is adding some fish to the pond. Buying fish from the fish truck is a lot like buying ice cream from the ice cream truck.

Then we take the fish back in bags and release them into their new home to grow.


We stock mostly large mouth bass and catfish, with a few carp (they eat grass and keep the moss down) and crappie for variety.

Then we just let them grow and in a few years they’ll be big enough to catch.

The Off Season

Winter time brings a needed down time around the farm.  From snow flakes to milder winter days, we love to be outside and to start looking forward to spring.
Sleigh rides with the golf cart:

Pruning young trees is a winter activity and takes some practice to learn:


Stocking the barn with feed:


Giving mowing lessons as the older boys prepare to take over the lawn care:


And just enjoying the mild days outside: