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Mammoth Pumpkins, Hugelkultur, and a Bit of Knitting (for fun)

Posted by mrssmythe on November 15, 2017 in Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

It’s traditional here in New England (and probably lots of other places as well) to set out a pumpkin or two on the porch steps in celebration of autumn. Historic Deerfield, though, takes it a step further. During a walk there with my sister, we saw plenty of porches just loaded with pumpkins. Some of the […]

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Fall Fun – and a Sister’s Visit

Posted by mrssmythe on November 5, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Family, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

First off, I want to share this fun photo of CPT A, working on his computer in the backyard with the dogs. Since this was taken, we’ve lost all of those colorful leaves in the back woods. A wild storm came through on Halloween and knocked everything down. Much of our town was without power […]

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Chickens, a Hawk, and the Hatching of a Monarch

Posted by mrssmythe on September 28, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

At last…Fall. For our chickens, this has meant rapidly decreasing daylight, molting, and – as a result – lower egg production. I actually had to buy eggs at the store this week – something I haven’t had to do in over a year! Another challenge these days – hawks. Hawks are commonplace in our area, and […]

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Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on September 10, 2017 in Chickens, CPT's Lens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. We found a monarch caterpillar in the hydrangeas getting ready to spin its chrysalis about ten days ago. By the time we’d finished dinner, it had finished the job. Since then, it has weathered several rainstorms, and, despite it’s delicate appearance, seems to be incredibly strong. […]

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A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

Posted by mrssmythe on July 11, 2017 in Books, Crafting, Museums, Old Books, Out & About, Seasons |

The girls and I were back at Old Sturbridge Village last week. We planned our visit for the day after the Fourth of July because, if you’ve ever been to OSV on the Fourth, you know how congested it can be. Wanting to avoid that sort of thing (and preserve the illusion of having stepped […]

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