Category: The Land and Animals

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Must be cabin fever

It’s a gray day in January, and I’m thinking about the fine perfect details of the beech leaves still hanging in the trees in the woods. And I’m thinking about the thousand-year-old bristlecone pine trees holding tightly to a certain cliff I know and have visited so many times in Southern Utah; and I’m watching a fire burning in the woodstove. Dead trees warm me.

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Stockpiling Wood

We’ve been burning wood in the old Buckstove for a few weeks now, warming the old farmhouse up to a comfortable 68 degrees or so. And yesterday Paula and I spent the afternoon chainsawing...

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First Day of Fall

The light’s changing. The days are shortening and  cooling, and yesterday was such a windy, gorgeous day, with a few leaves coming down, and hawks soaring in the sky, catching thermals, riding the winds....

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Building the Meditation Tower

Okay, it’s a deer-hunting stand, according to my brother John. He took the initiative to design and build it, and Paula and I helped out at the end when he and Dad were tired...

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Bountiful Times in the Garden

The garden is bursting with green growth now: the cucumbers are twined around the cedar poles and producing super-cucumbers; we have too much zucchini, as usual, and the pole beans are going crazy. Bountiful...

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Simple Chicken Shelter

Paula constructed a simple chicken shelter the other day, assembled from left-over plywood, wood from demolition work in the house, and old metal barn roofing from Mike M. It has a nice, country-modern look...

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Chickens, Outside

The chickens got a little taste of the outside world the other day. We’re working on the “interim chicken coop,” and hope to put the finishing touches on it in the next few days....

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit

The Jack-in-the-Pulpits have made their appearance in the woods. A search on the web tells me some other names for the plant: Parson-in-the-Pulpit, Lord-and-Lady, Cuckoopint, Aronskelk, Indian Turnip, Iroquois Breadroot, Starchwort, Memory Root, Bog...

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The Fox and the Chicken

You can tell by the look on Lilly’s face — Lilly, the growing Silver-laced Wyandotte pullet — that she overheard us talking about the fox I glimpsed as it strolled out of the deep...