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

animals amok!

it has been rifle season, so of course the horses have been getting out and wandering in the woods. this is courtesy of soni, who is undaunted by the electric fence and has been breaking it on a corner twice a day, every day for three days. they all go to the shed, help themselves … Continue reading animals amok!

make way for ducklings

it's been really wet in the northeast US this year, to the extent that i never actually got my garden planted in the spring. we have clay to clay/loam soil which is prone to compaction and it just plain never dried out enough for me to turn all the soil. the things planted in raised … Continue reading make way for ducklings

musical dogs

willow is still with us. like the old codger in monty python and the holy grail, she's stubbornly "not dead yet" and every time i think it's time to load her on the plague cart, she decides it's a fine time to go for a walk (and she does), followed by days of badness, inability to … Continue reading musical dogs

soni: the horse that no one wanted

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 soni: the horse that no one wanted

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