Browsed by
Category: Farm

Season’s End

Season’s End

I don’t quite know how it is that so many months have passed since I last took the time to sit and write here, but they have.  Actually, when I come to think about it I know exactly how it is that so much time has slipped by.  Between farm work and taking animals to slaughter, selling our products, running farm workshops, keeping up with the garden, harvesting what we’ve raised and grown as well as having a first grader…

Read More Read More

Endings

Endings

We are used to the idea of endings here on the farm, as much as we can be anyway.  We coo over cute chicks, but we know that they’ll be off to slaughter in a few months.  When we welcome piglets onto the farm, it’s in the knowledge that most of them will be off to new homes once they are weaned, and the ones that stay will eventually go for meat.  It’s the cycle of life here and we…

Read More Read More

On Pig Love and Equinox Based Panicking

On Pig Love and Equinox Based Panicking

This is an odd time of year.  It’s odd every single year, yet every. single. year I am surprised by it.  I can feel the spring moving beneath my feet, feel her stirring and shifting the heavens and the earth, yet we are ice bound, cold and wintery for yet another month.  As I begin to look at the calendar I feel the panic, I start to feel for certain that there is no way, no way there is enough…

Read More Read More

Making Landfall

Making Landfall

Today.  Today was a big day.  A momentous day.  A day of riotous joy.  And also laundry.  But mostly riotous joy. Today…I saw grass. The temperatures rose to a might +6c today, which felt like a balmy beach in the Bahamas compared to the -39 we were experiencing just a couple of weeks ago.  The snow, which had begun to take on that flopped over look it gets as it begins to melt, is in full retreat.  We can see…

Read More Read More

Outside

Outside

Sometimes there is so much to say it is paralysing.  The last couple of weeks have been like that, so full and intense that I don’t really know where to begin in recording it.  But it would seem strange to not write about something that has been quite transformative, in my mind at least.  I’ll have a stab and see how I do. First of all, thank you to everyone who wrote such nice things about my last post, it…

Read More Read More

And then the snow fell

And then the snow fell

We have been asking ourselves for the last few weeks, When, when will it come?  By that, of course, we mean the snow.  It defines so much for us, defines what the activity will be on the farm, what we’ll need to focus on, what we’ll need to do. We’ve rushed and chopped and stacked and cleaned out.  The barn has been shovelled to the earth and repacked with fresh hay, the wood is being split and stacked, the furnace…

Read More Read More

On a cold and frosty morning

On a cold and frosty morning

The frost has returned to our little corner, the mornings increasingly dusted with white and the air crisp and pinching our cheeks.  The ground is returning to a solid state, after weeks of sludgey mud that sucks at boots and unexpectedly shifts and slides. I’m still clinging to the notion that this is fall, that despite the darkness falling before dinner is ready and the increasingly cold winds that are beginning to blow, that winter is not coming.  But the…

Read More Read More

Pig Tales

Pig Tales

So no sooner had I my new lens in my sticky grasp when my entire camera went kaput.  Gone.  Utterly dead.  It has now been sent away for repair (hopefully) but sadly my favourite season of the year will be pretty much over by the time I have a decent camera again.  All that to say that the pictures might be a bit sub-par for the next little while! Luckily piglets are cute no matter what you use to take…

Read More Read More

Fall

Fall

One day it was the ‘end of summer’ and then… The sun turned the frost to gold as the chill air bit our noses.  The ground crunched under our boots and the pigs stayed cosy in their straw beds rather than rushing straight outside. The golden light, the frosty earth, all adds up to my favourite season of all.  Autumn is when I really feel alive, full of beans and magic.  Plus I get to wear all my woollens, I…

Read More Read More

In the garden – September

In the garden – September

Setting aside the fact that it is September already (eeeeek!), a fact I am not yet ready to face, the garden produce is definitely playing a dominant role in my life right now.  The tomato harvest is ongoing and more abundant than we’ve every had.  Yes we planted over 127 plants (I stopped counting at that point) but still we have a LOT of tomatoes.  A. Lot. In order to deal with the crop properly I put school off until…

Read More Read More