Wonder Dogs

Happy Holidays

I’ve taken a prolonged hiatus from this blog.  Life has a way of diverting one’s focus.  2016 is down to just a few days, and the year’s passing is that of a blur.

Some highlights:

I got a new job.  Jordan got a new job.  The garden took a back-burner.

A few house projects were started.

Enjoying the new fire pit!

Enjoying the new fire pit!

The puppies grew larger!

The chickens got more comfortable with their new home and have found every hole in the fence…they are now free-range.

Pretty Girl!

Pretty Girl!

Most outgoing

Most outgoing

The Bounty!

The Bounty!

Loving their new digs!

Loving their new digs!

Wilbur and Max are doing well and we hope soon those two will be co-habitating.

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Max helping clear out the corn stalks

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Happy pig in the sun

We had a wonderful respite at the beach again, thanks to a year of anticipation and a good friend for watching our farm, allowing us a worry-free break.

Our backyard!

Our backyard!

The place for shell seeking

The place for shell seeking

The two water dogs

The two water dogs

Sunset after glorious sunset

Sunset after glorious sunset

But the seed catalogs are rolling in and we are already plotting and scheming for the next year.

From our farm to you and your family, Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!

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Nothing says Merry Christmas like a chicken!

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a chicken or two!

 

Farm-sitting

Howdy, folks. This week we bring you an update NOT from Pear Tree Hill Farm but from Hoof Hearted Farm instead. This week, we are farm-sitting for a young couple we met at the Palisades…and boy, what a great week for them to be away from the burgs! Record setting cold temps, snow, ice.

Hoof Hearted Farm

Hoof Hearted Farm

Yep. Pretty good time for a vacation.

Ready for Breakfast

Ready for Breakfast

Hoof Hearted Farm is situated in the Tom’s Creek Basin, just outside the Town of Blacksburg. On nearly 16 acres, these good folks are all about land stewardship, animal well-being and quality products (pasture-raised raw dairy, Dexter beef, and goats). We appreciate their trust in us to tend to their livestock and property!

Field goats

Field goats

What a great adventure we are having, too. The puppies have learned all about electric fencing (took two days to learn that getting zapped is no fun), I’ve learned how to milk cows, and I’ve gotten to hang out with some beautiful animals.

What's in the barn?

What’s in the barn?

Baaa

Baaa

So, today’s collection of photos are from our temporary farmstead; from this morning when Jordan worked the tractor to clear the 9+ inches of snow to our afternoon “someone else’s” pasture walk for some exploration of the property.

Watching "dad" work the tractor

Watching “dad” work the tractor

Keep warm! Spring is just around the corner, but for now, enjoy the peace and beauty of this fresh new snow.

Hunting must go on

Hunting must go on

Stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down

Stop, hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down

Exploring Tom's Creek

Exploring Tom’s Creek

 

Blizzard of 2016

Yesterday marked the year’s first real snow. One was hard pressed to find anything open. Businesses, schools, churches, government offices all closed ahead of the storm. That’s all good in my opinion. Safety first.

So, it was nice to be hunkered in BEFORE the storm instead of heading home during it. And when it was all said and done, I think we came out better than the media expected.

Regardless of the final total, the snow is gorgeous. Fluffy, soft and so…clean. It’s also fun. The first real snow of the season was/is a big hit with the pups. 

 Outside for most of the day, we went for our usual pasture walks, played with the frisbee and just ran as dogs are apt to do. 

 All was so peaceful. Very few cars on the road (should’ve been none!), no noises other than birds, the wind, and the sound of the snow flakes connecting with the earth. 

 Beautiful. Peaceful. Cleansing. We know that we are lucky.