Monthly Archives: October 2012

Scare in Scary Barre – Halloween 2012

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Hope, Will and Ben in Costumes Barre, Vermont is pronounced just like Scary so it rhymes. Unlike Barre, Maine which is pronounced Bar. The reason we had a scare in Barre was that due to Hurricane Sandy’s scare they had … Continue reading

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Yahoos in the Woods

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Waterline Road Fall Foliage I must admit some amusement at hunting season. A little foreboding too. It is the time of year when strangers come up and shoot guns off in the forests and fields, sometimes killing our dogs, livestock … Continue reading

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Battened Down for Hurricane Sandy

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Butcher Shop Forms Rising Higher and Being Battened Down The wind started to pickup at about noon. Without the hype I would not think anything of it. Just another windy day on the mountain. We routinely get high winds in … Continue reading

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Round Rainbow in the Sky

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Skybow Today we saw a rainbow directly upward in the sky. It looked to be an almost complete circle although the photograph fails to show the whole thing. It was not raining. Normally rainbows anchor down on the horizon. I … Continue reading

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Late Risers

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North Field Sows & Piglets Pigs tend to be late risers. They generally go to bed early too. This is a communal nest of about half a dozen sows of various sizes and assorted piglets. Three to seven adults is … Continue reading

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Striated Clouds

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Striated Clouds We’ve been having a lot of beautiful weather for construction. This has also been extending the grazing season – it’s late October and we still have pastures growing and not much frost to speak of.

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Winter Hay’s Here 2012

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Winter Hay has Arrived Two hundred bales of hay on the landing, two hundred bales of hay. Take one down, pass it around, 199 bales of hay on the landing… Outdoors: 56°F/40°F Sunny Tiny Cottage: 68°F/66°F Daily Spark: Approach life … Continue reading

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Sirius on High

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Sirius Watching from on High Sirius is one of our livestock guardian and herding dogs. He loves to walk up on the scaffolding around the butcher shop construction site. Sometimes he goes from there to the roof of the old … Continue reading

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Top Forms Up

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Will with Last Ring Form Yesterday Holly, Will, Ben and I lifted and secured all of the forms around the outside perimeter in place for the top ring of concrete. Today the header went on, the line of 2x’s on … Continue reading

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Processing Costs 64% of Sales

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Tamworth Sow in Grass Nest In the Butcher Shop article in 2009 I had explained that processing cost us 36% to 50% per pig. Costs have gone up. Last year the meat processing cost us about 64% of our meat … Continue reading

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