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November Farmer Notes

November Farmer Notes

That fast, the countryside has transformed from a very brief fall to early winter. The birds know it, the deer dread it, we humans perhaps feel mixed. Regardless, Mother Nature rolls on with unending surprises; with unending beauty. You’ve read it here before: Mother Nature always has a way of balancing things out. At the… Continued

October Farmer Notes

October Farmer Notes

From a late start to Fall, we’ve gone right to an early beginning of winter in scarcely 3 weeks’ time!  My, a faster change I do not recall here in the North Cascades.  Yet, I had the feeling, after months on end of high pressure, that we might be  “living on borrowed time”. Indeed. The… Continued

September Farmer Notes

September Farmer Notes

We are a couple of days past the autumn equinox as I write these notes, and finally, we got a shower last evening! This is noteworthy because I believe it has been 3 months since we’ve had significant rain and our drought rolls on. Up here in the Rendezvous, we’ve also been frost-free for 6… Continued

August Farmer Notes

August Farmer Notes

  And there lay this lovely note tucked under a hand-made scythe alongside my combine when I arrived to check on our Pasayten hard white wheat field. The note read:  “Farmer Sam, Wishing you and all at Bluebird Grains Farm a bountiful and successful harvest! Here’s a piece of the valley history for you to… Continued

July Farmer Notes

July Farmer Notes

Despite the 9 hour absence from their mother, the swallow chicks lived!  Their chirps grew needier and louder for days following my hasty return to “home base” with the John Deere a month ago and continued for a couple of weeks.  Then, that fast, they fledged – leaving a streak of gone-by regurgitation on the… Continued

June Farmer Notes

June Farmer Notes

June, sweet June indeed.  I can think of a few sweeter than this June.  Although it comes as some sort of irony in the midst of COVID, weather-wise I can’t think of a finer spring than this in the 27 years now I’ve been fortunate enough to call the Methow home.  The typical dry April… Continued

May Farmer Notes

May Farmer Notes

Birds… birds birds, and birds. What else to say about this time of year?  What else to say during this time? Their business, their quick, urgent “bossy” early morning voice; their long, soulful evening song. The brilliant orange of our Bullock’s Oriole perched every evening in the elderberry bush outside our dining room window. The… Continued

April Farmer Notes

April Farmer Notes

Well, it hasn’t been a quiet week, or month, here at Bluebird Grain Farms.  In sight of the current chaos of Covid-19, we feel even more grateful for living where we do up here in the North Cascade foothills, where practicing daily isolation comes by nature.  And certainly with Nature.  At times, I’ve felt a… Continued

March Farmer Notes

March Farmer Notes

You readers know I often open my “notes” with a few words about birds.  Given this upside downtime, we may find ourselves looking to forms of familiarity, consistency, and beauty.  All the more reason to stick with birds who, as with the rest of Nature, seem to go about their daily business the same as… Continued

February Farmer Notes

February Farmer Notes

Sunshine!  At least today, with purple finches singing from the bare aspen limbs.  Owls fill the night and on cue today, I heard the first red-wing blackbirds along the lower marsh.  Yes, it makes one think of spring, even those of us who love winter. An on and off winter it has been here in… Continued

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