Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Winters Coming

First Snow
snow covered landscape

On the morning of November 8, the first snow of 2012 covered everything with enough to give us a taste of what's to come. We wondered what the ducks thought of their first snow at the water's edge. Don't they ever get cold?
Bev holding 3 eggs

In spite of the cold weather, the 6 hens are still laying 1-3 eggs each day. We have been letting the hens have the run of the barn during the day, so the eggs are showing up in all kinds of places. The Araucana hens are known for the pastel colors of the eggs, so it truly feels like an Easter  Egg hunt.

Leaves against the barn

What's in the corner of your eye when you least expect it?

Fall colors through the open barn door

Alewive Pond Farm may be all about the open doors...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In the barn, Cody and Bo watching the hens

It's not always this peaceful...
This is a moment when Cody the Pug was content to just watch the hens, and Bo the cat was content to lay in the hay watching Cody bond with the hens.
Male and female duck swimming together

The latest additions began as three ducks hanging out together. There was an "incident" at the waterfront over the weekend involving Bo the cat, and the Indian Runner has been missing, without a trace, since.
Indian Runner duck

 This is the beautiful Indian Runner, last seen taunting Bo the cat at the waterfront several days ago, then escaping, we thought, beneath the dock. If you see him, tell him to contact his buddies, they miss him.
The driveway with trees in autumn colors

 Bo looking innocent, days before the "episode".
Piper standing in the door of the barn

Piper the goat could warm your heart :-)
Autumn tree with mist rising from below

There may be a little bit of magic here...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Justin and Morgan confirm that there are indeed bass in the pond.
Moving Day August 24, 2012

Tractor therapy.

Made by Steve Beck!

Future coop in behind the fence; it needs a little sprucing up.

Mercury light on the barn.

Clearing the cattails.

Looking forward to Cattail Chowder!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

 The First Week
Fence post with wildflowers
 Several weeks before moving, while having some work done on the exterior of my house on Warren's Way, the Blue Boy Phlox was trampled inadvertently by the carpenter. In the grand scheme of things this was pretty minor, but it felt like this was beginning to be a metaphor for some of the changes in my life, and the possibility of moving to Alewive Pond Farm-- simple things I'd grown accustomed to being moved aside to make way for a new path full of unknown, unproven promises...It was after all a handful of perennials, and they would return next year.

It was several trips up and down the driveway, past some of the flowers by the pond, before I stopped next to a small bush of lavender flower clusters. I realized stepping closer this was a small hedge of Blue Boy Phlox much bigger than the ones lost earlier with the deck construction. Smiling I leaned over to smell the creamy vanilla scent, and thought how wonderful it would be if this was indeed a metaphor for the new stories to come with Bev on Alewive Pond Farm.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bev is Buying the Farm

7/30/12 Under contract! Bev bought the farm!
Alewive Pond Farm on Alewive Rd
From Alewive Road overlooking the pond.