May 13, 2016

First arnica flowers of the year, photographed yesterday.

 

 

In a few weeks, these (and many more to come) will be extracted in oil and in alcohol for our arnica salve sticks and spray.

March 31, 2016

The hormones produced by our bodies interact with other chemicals we produce in complex, interconnected feedback loops that regulate just about everything about us, from digestion and metabolism, to mood and sexuality, to brain function and the way our skin looks and f...

March 4, 2016

Earlier this week, I took this picture of dark clouds behind the snow-frosted mountain to the east of our house, with the mountain bathed in golden light from the late-afternoon sun:

 

This morning, the same view looks like this:

 

Temperature's very close to freezing, so...

January 29, 2016

One of our araucana hens gave us an enormous egg this week--nearly four ounces. That's the size of TWO medium eggs! Too big to fit into an egg carton, so we ate it for breakfast yesterday. Bill wanted me to take a photo for posterity. Here it is.

 

January 24, 2016

We've got about 8 or 9 inches on the ground here this morning. Very cold, in the upper teens, so it's a fluffy, clean sort of snow.

 

Here's what it looks like on the trees on Hap Mountain, looking east-southeast from our kitchen door:

 

Caught this shortly before the sun...

January 24, 2016

In between carrying in firewood, thawing out the dogs' and chickens' water, and catching up on paperwork ... we cook and eat!

 

The rum-walnut cake above, baked a couple of days ago, is now all gone, except for delicious memories. Got some peach cobbler in the oven for t...

January 8, 2016

During the winter, clusters of our chickens usually gather here on sunny days:

 

 

This spot, right by the main gate, is where the sun reaches their pasture earliest on winter mornings. Even on cold days, it's a nice warm place to bask. Also a good place for them to keep...

November 22, 2015

First hard frost of the season here came with a dusting of snow last night.

 

Those are rhubarb leaves above. Below snow on herbs in one of our garden beds. Clockwise from lower left: yarrow, lemon balm, St. John's wort.

 

 

 

November 17, 2015

Beautiful autumn light at dawn this morning on Bluff Mountain, across Spring Creek's valley from us.

 

 

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