Category Archives: Nature

Winter anticipation

It felt good to get down to the farm this past week and get a few things done, especially in light of the recent election. If I can’t fix the world I can at least put another rebuilt Dutch door … Continue reading

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Dividing the rain

I always somehow think that when I go to the farm in September, Fall will have arrived. But no, last week there were temperatures in the low 90s and a fair dose of humidity. It seemed more like July. But … Continue reading

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Board by Board

I got down to the farm for Memorial Day weekend. Most people use that holiday for going to the lake or for other recreation. I used it to cart a pickup full of tools and other stuff halfway across the … Continue reading

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Out behind the barn

The north side of the barn got patched this week. This is the side the former owners let fall apart because who needs an old hay barn anymore that doesn’t contribute to the bottom line? Every time I’d drive by the … Continue reading

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Second life for a mower

I’ve devoted a few hours this spring to fixing up my father’s old riding lawn mower which I hope will be a help in keeping the grass and weeds under control around the buildings on the farm. The mower, a … Continue reading

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The dark underside of old houses

Back to the farm this week for the first time since December. Spring arrived ahead of me. The forsythia was blooming and the elm trees were beginning to leaf out. It was a good week to be in the country. My … Continue reading

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Shade tree sentiments

There was a turn toward fall the last week of September at the farm. The days were still summery—in the 80s—but the nights were cool. September in my childhood was always the month of planting wheat and starting school. True … Continue reading

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