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Highgate Farm

12/07/2013

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Since moving to western North Carolina I have run into John and Melissa at social events in Weaverville and Marshall.  In fact, I ran into them at the soiree I wrote about a while back and they invited me to visit them at Highgate Farm.  This was back in October; but I assure you the […]

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Why did the Chicken Cross the Road?

11/12/2013

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I am working part-time at Miya Gallery in downtown Weaverville through the holiday season.  Today when I arrived, my co-worker Sondra Dorn (who creates very nice art) told me that a pretty chicken ran around on Main Street all day yesterday.  Sondra worried about it, she said it was a beautiful bird, although chickens aren’t her […]

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OH SNAP!

10/28/2013

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My hen Snapdragon is at least part Sumatra.  This makes her a bit wary, not as social as our other hens.  She hangs back from the flock, keeps her distance, doesn’t like being petted or fussed over like the others.  Sumatra hens tend to lay fewer eggs, one every 3 days or so.  In Snapdragon’s case, […]

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Not-So-Gentle Ben

10/15/2013

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I find it hard to believe that John and I both slept through the destruction taking place outside our open bedroom window last night, but we did.  Not-So-Gentle Ben, the pear-thief bear, returned.  I really don’t know if it was the same bear…  I read yesterday that there are 6,000 black bears in the mountains […]

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SNAKE, Part 2

10/14/2013

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Remember this guy?  He was in the coop with an egg in his gullet when we got back from our trip to the Outer Banks.  He came back; again he was coiled around the nest boxes in our coop, egg in gullet.  This time, John found him.  John carefully lifted him with those plastic, long-handled […]

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You Talking to ME?

09/30/2013

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Payback’s Hell

09/28/2013

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I wish I had my camera in hand the other day.  Snapdragon disappeared into the brush and returned with a black snake in her beak.  The snake was about 6 or 8 inches long and thrashing.  Sweet Pea spotted it, ran up to Snap and grabbed the snake out of her beak.  Sweet Pea took […]

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SNAKE

09/23/2013

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Today we came home from a delightful week at the beach, where we spent time with friends from Chicago and Germany. When we arrived home, the girly-birds were nowhere to be found. I opened the chicken coop to find a four foot long black snake with an egg in its gullet! John managed to snap […]

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The Pear Thief

09/05/2013

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We had a visitor this week.  I was making supper and John was watching TV.  Our cat Amos was lounging on his perch in the picture window.  Suddenly Amos sprang to his feet, hyper-alert.  John looked out the window and saw a black bear!  The bear was good-sized; he sauntered by the front porch, sniffed […]

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