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Winter Bliss

February 9, 2010

  • The way my home looks when it is buried in snow.
  • Seeing how the sun hits the barn and marveling at how each and every day it looks different against the winter morning sky.
  • Hearing children’s giggles throughout the day as they weave into the cold and snow, and then back into the warm and cozy.
  • Crisp turquoise sky against a tree silhouette
  • Remnants of summer on the back porch and in the garden
  • A hawk hovering around my patio as he hears the peeps inside chirping away.
  • My Blue shadow against the snow as a take a brisk walk.

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Peep, Peep, Peep

February 1, 2010

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This morning at 7:30 am we received a phone call from the U.S. Post Office notifying us that our new chicks had arrived. The girls couldn’t contain their excitement and I let them miss the bus in order to help us unload the box. For fun we decided to go with a mixed batch giving us several new bird breeds. In about 16 weeks each of these birds will each be laying eggs….25 eggs a day to be exact. That is in addition to the four eggs we already get a day from our Rhode Island Reds.

The girls are going to sell the eggs to neighbors and friends, giving them a chance to learn some basic business/work/life skills. The egg business is the first piece to a little venture we are working on right now, “Buttercup Farm Goods”.

For now, these peeps will be in the mudroom keeping warm while they are growing up a bit.

Laying Hens from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

Buttercup Barn Babies

January 5, 2010

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Oh, lawdy…is there anything cuter? Ok…my kids were cuter…and perhaps my puppies…but seriously…

We saved our new babies from a local shelter. As soon as they are a little bigger, it gets a little warmer, and they are spayed and fully vaccinated (responsible pet owners we are!!)…they will be moved out to the barn studio where they will have an interesting life surrounded by art, dancing, and a few mouse friends. They will have freedom to come and go as they please, doze in the sun, and leisurely stroll around the farm.

But for now…they will be spoiled rotten…….

The Morning After

December 20, 2009

There is nothing quite like looking at a newly fallen snow on a sunny Sunday morning. I could literally sit in a comfy chair all day and stair out the window. Pine branches are covered in snow weighing them into perfect droopy form. What a site…..

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Snow…White…Snow

December 19, 2009

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A miraculous load of snow forcing the busiest east coast folk to S.T.O.P. We are nearing 30 inches here at Buttercup Farm. Loved this day…a nap…a book…giggles….cooking stew and cookies…talking to friends on the phone…listening to music…..I will call it a GIFT of the best kind.

Merry Christmas

December 19, 2009

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Merry Christmas from Life at Buttercup Farm. I wish each and every one of you a very, very, very, HAPPY 2010.

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