Unbelievably Delicious and Truly Magical

Dear Reader,As always, you’ll need a cup of coffee or tea and a mindful moment to accompany you as you read my semi-weekly letter.  mind-ful-ness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.  What a week of brutal Ohio weather we had recently. Snow covered ice and zero degree temperatures. It’s…

Our Eight-Day Hatch

On the farm, from day to day, you are truly never for certain what events will take place like this incident.  Back in the spring I purchased five barred rock chickens for my Outdoor Classroom kids to view. For those unfamiliar with the term, “barred rock, ” it is a breed that resembles a piece…

My Influential Distant Relatives

Perhaps you too have a person in your life that has always remained a fond memory, even after they have left this earth. Herman and Mary are two such people that touched my young life. Perhaps you will be the Herman and Mary in someone’s life today. I have no pictures to share, only memories. …

Who ever heard of a Green Onion Bouquet?

I made an onion bouquet just like Mom instructed  us back in the day! Monday morning, the first full day back from our vacation trip to Boston Again and Tasha Tudor’s Farm  I was invigorated from touring Tasha’s homestead in Vermont,   until  I stroll  to my  garden  and gasp at how  weedy it is,…

Where Have You Been?

Oh my goodness. I kept procrastinating until I finally made myself  get back on the computer to post to my  blog what has been going on here at Cherry Ridge.   Where does the time go? How can it go by so quickly? This past month has been a whirl-wind of activity. Springtime, here on…

Pack up the thermal underwear

Can you believe it?  Looky, looky. If  hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I would have second guessed my husband’s comment, “It feels pretty good outside.”  The temperature is rising and I was so surprised when I went outside to feed the chickens and rabbits and saw,  fifty-five degrees.   I then fed the…

Well, what are you looking at?

This is our  hen that lays green eggs. Isn’t she interesting. What causes  green shells on the eggs she lays?  I have no idea. Do you.

If at first you don’t succeed…..Here’s what you do.

Can you believe my lettuce in my Windowsill Greenhouse!  What I learned from this Planted Burpee Organic seeds in late January. Posted it.  Buying Organic Seeds  Remember,…..Seeds came up quickly, but  became leggy.  Solutions: Need more light. Added organic fertilizer: Ground up chicken poop the label says! If I had read the label to know this…

Egg-cited. Look what I’ve done; try and top that.

I am so Egg-cited! I could not believe my ears this morning; couldn’t believe what I heard.  When I put the dog-food bowl out on the side porch,  for the Corgis, from the chicken coop, our Buff Orpintons hen was cackling. Yes, cackling,  because she was telling me  something.    Buff Orpingtons of England At…

No Eggs? What’s the Problem Girls?

A beautiful sight but my hens aren’t laying.  There is nothing more fun to most kids and that includes me as a youngster, than to gather the eggs from the nest in the hen house.Sometimes the hens are on the nest and startle us when we try to take the eggs and they  peck our…