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Frozen

The first winter weather of the season arrived as an ice storm today. Schools closed.  Power lines came down.  Roads iced over.  And the old timer up the road slid his truck into a ditch. Despite the inconveniences caused by the storm, I cannot help but see the beauty of the ice.  

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WPC: The little white church

The little white church in my small town has just a handful of members now.  It has, however, miraculously managed to keep its doors open.  Many of the small churches around here have long been shuttered.  A few have been lucky enough to find a second life as office space or storage. It’s sad when…

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Legend of the onion snow

In the dark ages (before the internet), the old timers would use nature’s calendar to know when to plant and harvest. Since they had no such luxury as a seven day forecast, they took cues from their surroundings to predict the weather.  If the cows laid down in the field during the day, it meant…

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The sap is running

In my neck of the woods, February thru April is maple syrup time.  During these months, the sap will start to flow only with the perfect mix of temperatures.  Somewhere between the icy grip of winter and the warm breezes of early spring. A hundred years ago, the woods would be dotted with wooden or…

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WPC: Seasons (the thaw)

Mother Nature is in the midst of a serious seasonal identity crisis in my part of the woods.  In the matter of five days, we have experienced a 50+ degree temperature swing, going from -15 degrees below zero, to a balmy 57 degrees and back down to 28 degrees.  The waterfalls on the farm don’t know…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

  Usually around this time of year, I start playing Christmas music and get a hankering to put up the Christmas tree.  That’s why I thought this picture was fitting for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge. Jingle bells, jingle bells.  Now where’s the eggnog?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season

This week’s Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge theme is off-season.  Winter was the first thing that came to my mind and I knew the exact picture I wanted to use.  I took this picture right after one of the numerous snowstorms this winter.  It’s a barn just a short walk from my house. But then…

The bluebirds are back

What a sight for sore eyes!  Over the past few days, the bluebirds have been arriving and taking up residence in the many bluebird houses we have on the farm.  Even yesterday’s snow storm didn’t deter them.  Spring may be just around the corner… let’s keep our fingers crossed!  

Here we SNOW again

More snow is predicted for tomorrow {sigh}.   Fortunately, the cattle don’t even bat an eye at the snow and colder temperatures.  They constantly turn down the opportunity to be in the barn and choose, instead, to bed down by the round bale feeder. The donkeys tell you what they want:  outside when there is…