Chewed Hats

Chewed Hats

I have had dogs that chewed the furniture, chewed shoes, and chewed children’s toys, but never a dog that only chewed the bills of my favorite hats.  While you might think it would be easy enough to keep them away from him, in practice his ingenuity overcomes my diligence over and over.

Gus The Hat Eater

Gus the Hat Eater

Our Little Farm

Our Little Farm

Taco At The Dutchess County Fair

Taco at the Dutchess County Fair

Last week was the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.  My wife went with my son, our nephews, and some Old Beach Farm sheep.  We won big with Grand Reserve Champion sheep and Best Natural Fleece, among other prizes.  Of course, it is not about winning (sure) but more about the community of farmers and wool growers that we know and love.

Sheep Relaxing

Sheep Relaxing

Our Natural Romney At The Fair

Our Natural Romney at the Fair

Products Made From Our Wool

Products Made From Our Wool



As the summer winds down and I review my vegetable garden, there have been some bumper crops and some duds.  The Brussels sprouts were a complete failure, whereas the okra was the best I’ve had in years.  The spaghetti squash looks good, but the eggplant just didn’t make it. The garden is like that every year, but this year, we have eaten more produce from it than ever before.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash

Chicks All Grown Up

Chicks All Grown Up and Ready to Join the Flock

Mo Now Bigger Than Rosie And Oliver

Mo Now Bigger Than Rosie and Oliver

A friend of mine who has owned a couple of ‘Berners’ told me that Mo would grow two pounds for every pound we fed her.  His estimate is close to target as we are now being careful to move any tempting food away from the edge of the countertop.



Don’t forget to see the piglets at next year’s Dutchess County Fair.

Photography: Justin Randall, Alicia Crisp, Jimmy Crisp

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By Published On: August 28th, 2023Categories: Miscellaneous6 Comments on Animal and Garden Update 8-23

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James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    Denise Buchanan August 29, 2023 at 8:17 am

    Great issue, Jimmy! Especially love the photos of all the animals. I counted a dozen piglets. Amazing! Congrats on the ribbons too. The sheep are gorgeous – especially the “normal” one.

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    Jimmy Crisp August 29, 2023 at 8:19 am

    Thanks Denise!

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    Clifford Schwark August 31, 2023 at 8:16 am

    Hi Jimmy,
    Another great issue. I don’t know how you accomplish all that you do.
    My talk at the TU meeting will be at 7:00PM on 9/18 at the American legion building off Overlook road.

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    Fenton Furrer September 9, 2023 at 8:40 am

    Great issue!

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    James Crisp September 9, 2023 at 9:34 am


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    James Crisp September 9, 2023 at 9:35 am

    See you there

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