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The Smell of Cut Grass in the Morning

Cut Grass in the Morning To paraphrase Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now, 'I love the smell of cut grass in the morning!'.  I also enjoy cutting the grass since it is one task that has a definite beginning and end as-well-as the immediate gratification of a tidy lawn. Charlie and Spot The lambs are growing quickly.  Spot is a lamb we borrowed from a friend to keep Charlie (the black one) company. Market Lambs Out [...]

By |2018-06-13T22:37:31-04:00June 13th, 2018|Categories: Dogs, Gardens, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Good News, Sad News

Mother and Son Charlie Up Close It's a boy! (Ram) Our ewe, 2%, gave birth the other day between snow storms, to a 15 pound ram we named Charlie.  He is growing quickly and gets along with all the other sheep very well.  The sad part was the fact that Amy, the other Romney ewe, developed pregnancy toxemia, which can be fatal.  Our vet performed an emergency C-section in the barn, which would have made Dr. [...]

By |2018-04-18T21:25:12-04:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous, Sheep|7 Comments

Two Pregnant Ewes

2%, Amy, and Gypsy Late this fall, we asked our large animal vet, Dr. Gillian Ferguson of Bluestone Veterinary Services, to check to see if our two ewes, Amy and 2%, were pregnant.  Since they had been with our ram for a while, we did not know how far along they would be or if they were pregnant at all.  The test came back negative and everyone was disappointed.  There is nothing like new lambs to brighten a [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:59:01-04:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Animals, Miscellaneous|3 Comments

5 Homes and Animals in the Snow

Sun Room in the Snow Something magical happens to a home with the first snowfall of the season.  Around my house, the kids and the animals are even more excited than I am as we run and throw snowballs.  Rosie, our mini Aussie, tracks in the snow, which melts on the floor, while I start a fire and my wife makes hot cocoa. The timing doesn’t always work, but when we can coordinate a photo shoot of one [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:58:09-04:00December 13th, 2017|Categories: Animals, Miscellaneous|4 Comments

Trouble in the Farmhouse

Caught in the Act The Details My wife texted me the top image of our wonderful border collie puppy, Oliver, who was caught in the act of chewing up one of our kitchen chairs.  We have had puppies who have been chewers, but nothing like Oliver.  Every time we think he has stopped his onslaught, we turn our backs and he strikes again on undamaged furniture or shoes.   I will be investing in some furniture repair this [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:59:12-04:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Animals, Miscellaneous|8 Comments

Spring Surprise

Newborn Lamb One Saturday, a few weeks ago, my son and I walked up our hill to feed the animals.  We chatted about the melting snow and he stopped for a quick swing on the swing set.  When I walked into the barn, not believing my eyes I stopped and took a double take. We had a newborn lamb and another on the way!  I ran to the door and yelled "Come quick, you've got to see something!". We [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:59:22-04:00April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Animals, Miscellaneous|18 Comments

Snow….Finally!

Dixie Enjoying the Snow   I love snow!  Growing up in Galveston, Texas, and Pumpkin Center, Louisiana, snow was precious.  Even a few flakes would mean school was out and we would do our best to put together a snowball to throw at each other. My first winter in NYC was magical because of a very snowy season.  There is nothing like New York City after a heavy snow.  When I moved north, it got even better. Two snow [...]

By |2021-03-26T19:00:08-04:00February 14th, 2017|Categories: Animals, Chickens, Dogs, Miscellaneous, Sheep|12 Comments

Family Farms: Plankenhorn Farm

Plankenhorn Farm Hudson Valley Fresh is a dairy farmer partnership located in the Hudson Valley.  This group of farmers are “dedicated to preserving the agricultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley and promoting it as one of the premier food regions of the United States.” Hudson Valley Fresh is the brainchild of Dr. Sam Simon who owns Plankenhorn Farm. Dr. Sam Simon knows (and loves) cows. His father Kurt was a cattle dealer and Sam learned long ago how [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:59:47-04:00January 13th, 2017|Categories: Animals, Miscellaneous|2 Comments

Backyard Chronicles-October 2016

Chloe, Queen of the Barnyard Rosie I never know what I am going to find when I go up to feed the animals.  This morning, I stopped to say hello to Chloe, our barnyard cat, then checked our garden to see what was left.  I had a few tomatoes, plenty of swiss chard, and some herbs.  The chickens were fine, although, their run was pretty muddy.  Rosie, as always, ran around checking on everyone. My next stop [...]

By |2021-03-26T19:00:26-04:00October 4th, 2016|Categories: Animals, Cats, Chickens, Dogs, Miscellaneous, Sheep|1 Comment

Family Farms: Bos-Haven Farm

  Barns Hudson Valley Fresh is a dairy farmer partnership located in the Hudson Valley.  This group of farmers are "dedicated to preserving the agricultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley and promoting it as one of the premier food regions of the United States." It just so happens that my sister-in-law, Katie (Zoe) Ferris, is going to use these high quality local dairy products at Zoe's Ice Cream Barn.   She asked me to photograph some of the farms to [...]

By |2021-03-26T19:00:44-04:00April 30th, 2016|Categories: Animals, Miscellaneous|0 Comments
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