error: spring not found

this intrepid blogger, hereinafter dubbed mud maiden, has just returned from a two week family vacation to california. while i was gone, the three or four feet of snow melted, leaving behind the muddy brown landscape of early vermont spring, an endless carpet of matted soggy brown grass, earthy squishiness, and manure that takes a … Continue reading error: spring not found

unwanted

about ten years ago, i started to collect horses. okay, that's not precisely true. we worked with a rescue organization out of long island, NY and adopted two PMU foals, rosie and qohqoh. after several months of working with these unhandled baby horses, we arranged to adopt q0hq0h's mother, dana, and a retired ranch horse. … Continue reading unwanted

gratuitous chicken pictures: a chronological slideshow from the department of backstory

while putting together an earlier post, i had to go to my all-but-defunct photobucket account and i found a lot of pictures there that i'd forgotten about entirely. they're pictures that i posted long ago on a private journal, so friends and family have likely seen them before. for everyone else, this is exactly like … Continue reading gratuitous chicken pictures: a chronological slideshow from the department of backstory

the grisly death of an innocent squash

the thing about chickens is that they're basically very small dinosaurs. whatever thing you definitely don't want your chickens to do, that's what they'll do, by definition. they can not be trained, they can not be redirected. they do not recognize your "rules". they have a pretty simple lizard brain that, apart from a few … Continue reading the grisly death of an innocent squash

unrest in the chicken coop

my late grandfather was a chicken man. he passed away while i was still quite young and i only vaguely remember the flocks he had later in life. apparently, though, the chicken gene runs true, because i am absolutely smitten with fowl. for years i said "when i have chickens" (in the same way, now, … Continue reading unrest in the chicken coop