Back to Work

As the sun rose this morning, I finished my early workout, then slogged through the saturated grass to feed the animals. Dolly was first to the gate, as usual. She is large and in charge, always the first to the trough as she bleats commands to the others who follow. Kenny, her twin, has grownContinue reading “Back to Work”

Summer’s End: An Update

It feels like forever since I’ve written anything here. Summer flew by and we are all settled in to a new year of homeschooling with busy days of reading, writing, and all the math. My kids have split into three different tutorials, creating a logistical nightmare for me while cocooning them in perfect environments forContinue reading “Summer’s End: An Update”

A Year at Arundelle Green

It’s hard to believe it has been exactly one year since we turned the key in the lock and began moving into our new home! In some ways the year has flown, but in many others it feels like we have been here forever. I remember the first week in our house, the sense ofContinue reading “A Year at Arundelle Green”

Wildflowers and Squash Blossoms

I often wonder who decided what is a wildflower and what is a weed. Every morning, as I feed the animals and inspect the gardens, I find things where they supposedly shouldn’t be such as dandelions in the flower beds, clover in the vegetable gardens, or vines running through the shrubs. I pull them upContinue reading “Wildflowers and Squash Blossoms”

Endings and Beginnings

As we have built this little farm, God has revealed Himself in quiet, unforgettable ways. From teaching a dog not to chase goats to watching our cat care for her newborn kittens, there are parables awaiting discovery on almost every inch of this beautiful place. I am making a list as I discover them and plan to share them with you here…

The Coop, Chickens, Cats and Poop! (Not necessarily in that order)

*This post does devolve somewhat into chicken poop management, so if you are squeamish you have been warned! What a fun experience it has been to see a vision come to life! From a Pinterest photo adapted for our needs, a gifted carpenter worked for almost a month to build a predator-proof, one-of-a-kind, beautiful chapelContinue reading “The Coop, Chickens, Cats and Poop! (Not necessarily in that order)”

Meet the Chickens!

For several weeks, our dream chicken coop has been under construction on the edge of the Shadow Wood. As I watched from my vantage point at the kitchen window, I imagined the happiness of looking out and seeing our fluffy girls pecking around against the green backdrop of a Tennessee Spring. As their cozy coopContinue reading “Meet the Chickens!”

Creating Space

As I stepped outside this morning to gauge the temperature my senses were assaulted by the sounds of hundreds of birds singing joy from the Shadow Wood. One perched nearby seemed to be proclaiming, “hello, hellooooo!” as the geese glided gracefully across the pond. A chilly early spring breeze blew strong, threatening to topple theContinue reading “Creating Space”