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May Farmer Notes

May Farmer Notes

There are few sweeter ways to wake up than to the urgent song of spring birds. This has been the way here in the month of May. What we continue to lack in rain we’ve certainly gained in mild temperatures and birds, birds, birds!  Truth to tell, we’ve already sown half of our grains and… Continued

April Farmer Notes

April Farmer Notes

Now that our first hummingbirds have arrived and our apricot tree has bloomed it is time for real April to settle in here on the Rendezvous: nighttime temps in the 20’s, 20 mph wind, fresh snow in the mountains. Ahhh… I knew spring wouldn’t let us down – the only season colder than winter here!… Continued

Notes from the Farmer

Notes from the Farmer

Yellow bells, spring beauties, meadowlarks and yes, bluebirds! That fast, an early spring is upon us and the view here at Bluebird is quite different than last month’s as very mild temperatures and lots of sun have chased the snow except for the north slopes and leftover snowbanks. After a wintry beginning to February, it… Continued

Notes from the Farmer

Notes from the Farmer

Snow falls steadily outside; finches, grosbeaks and chickadees joist at the feeder as I tap these keys.  A raven soars above the chicken coop.  Last night a great horned owl hooted outside our bedroom while coyotes yipped at the fat moon from further away.  Winter bears ripened fruit of it’s own and winter’s sleep is… Continued

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

  From our kitchen window it seems that even the chickadees wear the ice-fog that has shrouded our Valley these past January days. To be sure, the two Labs return from outside with new frosting on their otherwise deep, black coats. The roses, apricot trees, mulberry and sage wear the same. About this time last… Continued

Notes from the Farmer

Notes from the Farmer

To be sure the Methow is catching up on moisture. Since the later part of October,I’m not sure we’ve experienced such swings in weather here and this has been true right up into the second week of December. As happened 2 years ago, later October ended up too wet to finish all the little field… Continued

The Aspen Turn Gold

The Aspen Turn Gold

As the aspen turn gold and the robins re-gather and the first flights of southbound geese murmur overhead during the night, another farming season, too, draws to close.  We’ve completed harvest, applied our straw digesters and sowed winter peas as our winter cover crop.  Fall tillage is what is left for us to do.  This… Continued

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

No one living here in the Methow is going to escape this past summer unscathed. Assessment based on: “to what degree of destruction?”. Some homes that escaped fire didn’t elude mudslides which came late in August as violent thunderstorms continued to roll through our little valley.  All the moisture we never saw in the spring… Continued

Rain, Wind, Hail, Scorching Sun, Firestorms

Rain, Wind, Hail, Scorching Sun, Firestorms

I’ve always felt July to be the longest month of the year. As this stretched-out month comes to close it is safe to say we were “full up” with July here in the Methow this year. Rain, wind , hail, scorching sun, a 38 degree morning, and true firestorms all about our foothills; this year… Continued

The Loveliest Way To Awaken

The Loveliest Way To Awaken

The loveliest way to awaken each morning is to the sound of early rising birds. This enables one to at least begin the day with great hope and gives one time to get the lay of the land while sipping on the porch, realizing that this has to have been one of the mildest, tranquil… Continued

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