Monthly Archives: May 2011

Jerusalem Artichoke. What the heck do you do with these?

Put ’em in a salad. Slice ’em thin. Splash them with pretty, purple balsamic vinegar and they stain like spalted wood. Nice and crispy crunchy. They gotta be good for you and you have the additional benefit of feeling virtuous … Continue reading

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More dandelion news

Okay, sheep, weather, dandelions, sheep, weather, dandelions. Really, other things do go on here, but this happens to be what’s shaking these days. In keeping with the theme, more dandelion news. My grandmother, who recently passed at the age of … Continue reading

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Escapee Sheep

Ivy, one of the oldest sheep, who happens to have been bottle-fed, is a masterful escape artist. She is now teaching these skills to her lamb. When I catch her out, she follows me dutifully back into the pasture, but … Continue reading

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Weather

Back into the rain… A brief sunny interlude yesterday where the trees were alive with buzzing and you could almost hear the grass growing. The 130 rhubarb seedlings that were transplanted on Friday, looked pretty limp when the sun came … Continue reading

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Checkov the lamb

One of the neighborhood kids determined that the two bottle fed lambs needed to be named. As a rule I am reluctant to name animals, but given that bottle lambs seldom get eaten, I agreed and the brown one was … Continue reading

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Darned weather

Same as last year, trees are blossoming and the rains have come. Bees feel about the weather the same way that people do– if it’s cold and wet, they’d rather stay home. Hoping for at least a couple of sunny … Continue reading

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A Better Picture

“Unbearable cuteness” as my one-and-only says. While Momma, as first lamb Momma, was a bit clueless about feeding, I was able to hold her down, pull the baby onto the teat, express a little milk to get her started and … Continue reading

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Another lamb

Surprise. Another lamb. Usually the moms all birth in the same cycle, but this one was bred a cycle later than the others, apparently. Another black mouflon lamb would indicate that my black ram was the most prolific breeder of … Continue reading

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Fresh Salad

Every now and then I am struck with how simple good food can be. Lunch today was a salad of Pak Choi, Tatsoi, Bibb Lettuce, cilantro, a few dollops of fresh white cheese with garlic and balsamic vinaigrette. Tangy, spicy, … Continue reading

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Dandelion Wine

I made a couple of batches of dandelion wine two years ago and then proceeded to forget about them. They sat, under a protective blanket of self-generated carbon dioxide in the basement waiting to be bottled. It wasn’t until this … Continue reading

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