Monthly Archives: January 2013

Do it!

Sometimes I forget. Thank you Joanna for the reminder!


Time Alone


Heart and Soul

Heart Soul

Beautiful World

Do you have a friend with whom you share your dreams, your joys, your sorrows?Spa Friends

There is nothing like sharing our daily work with others. It can teach us humility, compassion and wonder.

Rick and I set out to share our love for farming; our wonder in planting seeds and watching them grow, amazement in the knowledge and care our neighbors give to their crops.

We love rural life and we saw it fading in society. Starting the Quillisascut Farm School of the Domestic Arts was a natural step in our farm journey, an answer to a desire to create what we see as “a beautiful world”

What are your dreams and desires to create a beautiful world?

Sharing your dreams with friends is a joyful first step!

Once Upon A Time

Darwin: A story with a happy ending.

DarwinSeveral years ago during a Quillisascut Hearth Bread workshop there was a clutch of duck eggs that hatched. It caused some excitement as we scooped up the ducklings and their mother to put them in a safe spot away from dogs, cats and wildlife. This is the continuing story of one of those ducklings named Darwin.

One of the eggs was slow, it was having a hard time cutting the egg open. Baby birds, at hatching time, have a little point on the top of their beak called the “egg tooth”. It is what they use to cut open the shell, called “pipping”. The “egg tooth” is on the top tip of their beak. Can you  see the egg tooth on the duckling looking straight ahead, in the top left photo?

As you can imagine it’s a tight fit for the little bird all curled up inside the egg. To free themselves they sort of throw their heads back, tapping at the egg from the inside and cut their way out. It is a slow process and an amazing thing to see, the baby duck cuts off the top of the egg so the head gets free and then they start stretching their bodies and kicking out of the shell.

Sometimes the duckling never makes it out of the shell, it is too weak or there is some other problem. It is hard to sit by and not lend a hand, but it is probably better for the health of the duckling and the flock to simply let nature take its course. (obviously, we are not very good at following this advice and for Darwin, it all turned out okay)

In the *video the question of what will happen with the little duck remains to be decided. Never fear it all turned out happy for lucky Darwin who turned out to be female and is now a very protective mother. *(When the video is posted on youtube, I will let you know.)

Darwin is a Muscovy duck, it takes 35 days for the eggs of the Muscovy breed to incubate. When the mother duck sits on the eggs she keeps them warm, moist, and turns the eggs each day. She still reigns over the barnyard and each summer she surprises us with her own little ducklings. (Cruz will be the dad of the future ducklings.)

Holy Cow!

What’s for dinner?

Hamburger Buns

Often that seems such a difficult question. My Mom, Daisy Mae, came up with a solution, Saturday night is hamburgers. You may have read about it in our Winter Stories e-book

It does take a little planning ahead. I know hamburgers are considered fast food but we like ours on a homemade bun from a farm-raised beef, two things that you can’t easily run out and buy.

And since tomorrow is Saturday, I need to get with-it and bake hamburger buns! My recipe is simple, not the incredible brioche buns that Don Reed makes for us each year at the Hearth Bread workshop.

Which brings me back to planning. It’s time to consider meals for other nights of the week. I am looking for suggestions. Do you have a go-to meal that is as easy to love as it is to prepare? Or a food tradition that your family request every week? Let me know, I am making a list and of course I will share it with you!

Never Give Up!

Persistence is good for you!

One of the things I love about goats is their persistence. They will work for days or even years to wear down a fence or a wall or whatever you are trying to keep them from doing. They show a fine sense of determination and are my mentors.

Press On

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race

Calvin Coolidge

These strong guys made a fine team for stacking hay in the barn!