“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

In Contrast

While the black barn kitties might be a little hesitant to face the great outdoors,
the runner ducks are the opposite.


As soon as their door opens in the morning,
at sun-up,
they are out the gate and off to do some very important work.
They have a tight schedule and many miles to cover in a day's time.


And boy, do they cover the miles!

By the time we finished chores, they had already run down to the old log cabin
to bathe in the spring water that runs from its cellar.


This water runs beneath the driveway and down to the pond,


making a little stream as it goes on its way...


the perfect place for a morning bath.

If you look back up towards the barn, across the front pasture,
you will see that the duck yard,
which is situated on the other side of the barn,
is quite a hike.


Before they day is over, they will have run over just about every foot of open ground
on this entire farm.
All of this is done at a running pace.
They have much to do, those ducks!!

Yesterday morning, the sun rose into a crystal clear blue sky...


heralding a magnificent day...


the perfect day to make electricity!!!!


Morning chores were done to the nest-building song of the robins.
Just in the past week we have started to hear the...

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