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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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Milkweed, Bees, Caterpillars…and a Dryer Repair

Posted by mrssmythe on October 16, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

It certainly feels like Fall today. And, we have our first freeze predicted for tonight. Meanwhile, the Milkweed has gone to seed… Have you ever seen these? They’re amazing. I’d never seen pods this big. They were in a nearby neighborhood where I often walk while Ginger has her music lesson. Milkweed is such an […]

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Breakfast with the Chickens…and other odds and ends

Posted by mrssmythe on October 3, 2017 in Chickens, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Some mornings, it’s still nice enough for CPT A and I to pop out onto the patio and drink our coffee while watching the chickens. It’s good for the chickens. It’s good for us. This week, though, the chickens were extra friendly. Everest jumped onto my lawn chair. (I was so startled, I almost spilled […]

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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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