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She Turned to the Sunlight and Shook Her Yellow Head

02/24/2013

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She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young Thank you Mr. Milne, for the verse.  Thank you husband, for showing me nodding yellow daffodil blooms on this February day.  Hats off to you, Rufous-sided Towhee, for springing me off […]

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SWARM!

05/20/2012

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I am SO excited!  For once, The Blog came to me.  Last Monday, my visiting sister-in-law, Margaret, spotted a honeybee swarm on our property!  I came home from work to find the house a-buzz with the talk of bees.  Monday morning the bees began arriving and attached themselves to a cross-bar on an old arch that leads into an even older, […]

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Woodfin Market

03/25/2012

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Yesterday, I went to the Winter Market in Woodfin, North Carolina.  It is inside the YMCA, where it’s warm and dry.  (At 40 North Merrimon Avenue, Ste. 101 in the Reynolds Mountain Complex.)  The Market is open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  You better hurry because there are only two more Saturdays left in this particular […]

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Madison County Farms

03/02/2012

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Oh boy! Look what I just found! http://www.Madisonfarms.org contains a comprehensive list of local farms I can get to and enjoy, just down the curvy River Road! (working link in list to your right) Thanks to Laura Boosinger for turning me on to the up and coming local meat pick up program, where one may […]

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Frank Morgan, American Cowboy

01/27/2012

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I saw on Facebook tonight that Frank Morgan of Marengo, Illinois passed away recently. I met Frank and Fran of Q7 Ranch this past Labor Day. Frank took the time to saddle up a horse for me and spend 4 hours teaching me all about grass fed beef, his delightful blue politics, and his plan […]

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Pumpkins!!!

10/16/2011

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I love pumpkins and gourds.  They must be the most cheerful things on Earth.  Fields of soybeans lit up by sunset aren’t bad, either.  John and I made a quick trip out to Wiltse’s in Maple Park this afternoon to begin our pumpkin shopping.  (Notice, I said begin pumpkin shopping…)  We met some cute little […]

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Quarter Circle Seven Ranch, Part Two

09/21/2011

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This is shaping up to be a three part article.  That’s a first for this blog.  I must be having fun and learning a lot.   We left off watching old Taco trotting away, his herd following at a decent clip.  (You’ll notice Herbie’s ears in the foreground of some of my pictures… the sure sign of a […]

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Quarter Circle Seven Ranch, Part One

09/11/2011

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I have too much to say about Quarter Circle Seven Ranch (also known as Q7 Ranch) to fit it into a single post, so this is Part One.  Labor Day came up all sunny and turquoise and breezy, a hint of chill in the air, cotton candy clouds whipping by.  I had a 2:30 p.m. appointment to visit Quarter Circle […]

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Q7 Ranch, Grass Fed Beef

09/06/2011

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I had a delightful Labor Day tour of Quarter Circle Seven Ranch in Marengo, IL, courtesy of Frank and Fran Morgan.  (And a sweet old horse called Herbie.)  Full article to follow, but I had to post a photograph and a thank you to my gracious hosts.  Wonderful afternoon, many thanks!

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