“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

AWOL Donkeys and Avian Real Estate

 For some, I think, the fear of venturing outdoors in the cold is worse than actually venturing out.  I have learned that with appropriate dress, it is actually more pleasant to be out in the cold than it is to be out during the heat of summertime.  But then, I am quite active while I am outside... and that makes a big difference.

I love spending cold, sunny days outside wandering about the farm and the woods.

Spending time quietly observing our animals is a treat...

especially when they ignore my presence.

Although some are unable to mind their own business- unable to resist the opportunity to see just what it is I am doing sitting by the pasture fence.

Yesterday, after chores were finished and a little inside work completed, I headed out with my camera in hand.  I had wanted to find the pair of early-arriving bluebirds that I had seen just three days before.  I had alerted Hubbs, who always cleans out the bluebird houses in the first week of February, that I had already seen a couple.

He immediately hastened to get all bluebird accommodations ready for guests.  You see, we have about  twenty bluebird houses scattered throughout the farm - most of them hanging, appropriately spaced,...

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