Monthly Archives: December 2009

Green Harp, Blue Sky

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Heart of SongWe used to have an upright piano. It was so long ago, shrouded in the mists of time, that I don’t remember its origins clearly. A free piano from someone else’s porch found in the classifieds. We lugged … Continue reading

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Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas to All Beings!The above photo is from our family trip this year to Lookout Point on Mars. Hold your cursor over the photo. Now move it away. Now move it over the photo again… Now click on the … Continue reading

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Butcher Shop Location

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Speckled Blue Sky Clouds humble.pie wrote:A few days ago i returned to sugar mountain farm blog after several months & discovered you pouring concrete piers & foundations for what will be the slaughterhouse. That’s what gives me pause. It looks … Continue reading

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Poppin Pink Projectiles

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Holly Fires Off a RoundWhen setting up forms for the concrete pour of the structural walls we put up a lot of insulation around the reefer. Some of the threaded steel rods were already mounted in the retaining wall. To … Continue reading

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Hope Ribbon Braid

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Hope Upbraided and BeribbonedHope saw a drawing on the cover of a book showing a woman with her very long hair braid with ribbon. This led to a little research on the web as to what it was called and … Continue reading

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Morning Frost Light

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Mornings Frost LightThe windows of our cottage are still just double pane glass. Some time, where there is more time, I’ll raise this to quadruple pane through thin film glazing like the super windows I built in the old farm … Continue reading

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Spinning Rods

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Ben Spinning RodsThe concrete form work for our butcher shop walls are is held together with threaded steel rods. These 5/8″ thick rods pass through the forms and through walers on either side. This transfers the crushing force of the … Continue reading

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Winter South Field Pig Line

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Pigs WalkingThis is a view looking west up the ridge of the mountain across the south field. In the foreground is the terrace with pigs where we grew pumpkins, turnips, mangles, beets and cole crops this summer. Further up the … Continue reading

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Structural Wall Ring One

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Concrete Pump Truck ArrivingOn Tuesday of this week we poured the first structural walls of our Big Project, our future on-farm slaughterhouse and butcher shop. We had been waiting for the right warm weather – With the cold snow the … Continue reading

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COP15 Irony – Save the Earth: Stay Home

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Check out Ben’s Cartoon in the Valley News Titles like “Reasons Why Earth Won’t Survive” are rather droll. They are dramatic nonsense. The Earth will cope just fine. Humanity might wipe itself out, but we’ve lived with that threat in … Continue reading

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