Among the trees

"Be a gentle friend to trees and they will give you back beauty, cool and fragrant shade, and many birds, singing." We spent a couple of hours in our woods this morning.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and I even thought I heard the croak of a bullfrog...    

Comforts of home

I've just come back inside from tucking in the sheep, hens and ducks for the evening.  The warmth of the wood stove in the kitchen is a welcome reprieve from the icy winds and freezing rain outside. Dogs asleep at my feet, warm fire in our comfortable home.  Who needs more?

We’ve lost our way

"You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path.  You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty…"  (quote by Anton Chekhov) Our world has become one where we seem only to value money and the things it can buy.  We believe the lies we are fed that tell us the more things we own, the... Continue Reading →

The “Dirty” Word…

no, it's not what you're thinking...get your mind out of the gutter.  The word is Sustainability.  The word has become anathema to many.  Too "academic", too "nerdy", or goddess-forbid, too "leftist." I wrote a blog post back in January 2014 (see below) that talked about why we relocated to North Country, which included my thoughts... Continue Reading →

Permaculture Defined

Permaculture - the term combines the words permanent, agriculture and culture. I've only recently begun reading on this topic, but based on what we have created at Sleepy Dog Farm over the past 5 years, it would seem I share many of the same concerns with the folks who have deliberately followed permaculture principles. Permaculture is... Continue Reading →

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

I want to share a blog Nora discovered and shared with me a few weeks ago called "Bealtaine Cottage."  The author of the blog is Colette O'Neill, and she and her delightful property and cottage are located in Ireland. One of the first things that struck me when I started to peruse her blog was her comfortable,... Continue Reading →

The Blah Period

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, and we've had lots of sunshine over the past few days -- even though the temps have barely broken the mid 30s during the day with overnight lows in the teens.  And, as excited as I am about the quickly approaching gardening season, I still get a case... Continue Reading →

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