Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mulch hay

Mulch hay for sale.  2017 cut.   Stored in barn or under an overhang.   Please contact us to schedule a  time to come by, so we can be sure someone is available to help.

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 going to bed

Wishing everyone a peaceful and calm end to 2016.

We're out of hay until we start haying next season.

My sister Cate sent us a "pet blanket".   We've always kept old throws around, but according to our 21 year old cat, this is better.   He is pretty much living under it now.

The bird feeder has been filled, steps sanded, stove wood brought in, and a mid-day hot meal consumed.   Lots of snoozing going on here in the quiet.  I think I'll make some banana bread.

Happy Holidays.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


We have mulch hay for sale.   $3 per bale at the barn.  

Stored under a 3-sided overhang or in the barn.

This mulch hay was cut in 2016.   Pls email us to arrange a time to come by, and feel free to inspect the hay before you buy.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New views

 The first two pictures show views we didn't have before the trees blew down.

The first view is from the parking area looking toward the kitchen gardens.

The second view is from the parking area looking toward the hay field.

The last picture is looking over part of the kitchen gardens toward the wooden garage.   One of the nice things about a veggie garden is that it is new every year, so the view changes a little.   But the trees blew blew over, I couldn't see this garage from the gardens.

Update on the great tree clean up:

  •  George did most of the chain sawing.
  • We cut everything to 4 or 8 ft lengths and stacked away for future use.   The  smallest diameter 8 ft lengths worked great for holding down row cover in the kitchen gardens this year.
  • I cleaned up all the branches except for 2 piles.  Piles were left in various places for wildlife habitat.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Underside of cedar
There was a lot of wind and rain a few nights ago.

Usual stuff mostly:  no power for awhile; I worried about the veggies warming up in the freezer; and family members said things like "Wow" and "Hear that?"

In the morning, I glanced out the kitchen window and noted "several trees down".

If we hadn't had such sodden ground combined with all that wind and rain, the trees would probably still be standing.

A friend commented later that day: "You people got very lucky last night."   Yes, we did.

The trees missed all buildings, vehicles, and farm equipment.  One missed the hay barn by less than a foot.

This one just missed the hay barn.
Yesterday evening George gave me a lesson in using a chain saw.   I've spent years avoiding chain saws, but it was time to get over myself.   If I can run a cutter (for hay), I should be able to use a chain saw.

Wow, they are both scary and cut wood like butter.

These trees are lying in Vegetable Bed #1.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

In spite of the hail this season

Some of the onions in storage

George and I put up extra hay.   Thanks to everyone who bought hay from us!   They hay is crucial to keeping the farm going.

After the hail storm, the kitchen plots came back better than one might have hoped.   The unusually long growing season allowed some plants to recover.

There are plenty of onions for winter.  Some winter squash hit by hail developed rot spots.  But, once the plants recovered, new squash emerged.

There are lots of packages of string beans, sliced summer squash, and broccoli florets in the freezer, along with bags of hot peppers, and a small bag of processed horse radish.   George keeps advocating for more peppers and horse radish in the food.

I kept a few sugar pumpkins for cooking experiments.

Fresh carrots and potatoes are in the root cellar.

Three varieties of garlic were planted this fall, and George asked if I wanted more raised beds made.

Looking forward to next year!

Friday, August 7, 2015


Pic 1.  Stormy sky to west

We had a couple of days of stormy weather recently.  At right is a picture of a storm that rolled in on August 4th, in the afternoon.

On August 5, we had a very similar afternoon storm, but with the addition of hail.   The hail lasted less than a minute, and was not particularly large.  But, it did an amazing amount of damage to the kitchen vegetable gardens.
Pic 2.  Part of Bed #2, before the hail

Picture #2 is of part of Bed #2, a few days ago before the storms.  Three rows of onions are on the right edge, all standing up nice and straight. 
Pic. 3.  Onions, after the hail
The last picture is of some onions after the hail storm on August 5.      We normally put enough onions in the cellar to last us well into the spring, so it would be unfortunate to lose all of these.

Almost everything in the kitchen gardens is affected to some degree by the hail storm.   

On the bright side, today there are three or four big heads of broccoli ready to pick and blanch for the freezer, zucchini bread with walnuts and chocolate cooling on the kitchen counter, and someone dropping by to buy a bit of hay.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Follow up on last entry about my dad

I'm working on an inventory of boxes and boxes full of miscellaneous things that weren't consider of monetary value by folks who helped break up my parents' last apartment.  Some of it is so lovely, in terms of letters, articles, and family photographs.  I have a lot of scanning to do.

I mentioned my father, John Richardson, in the last post.   I never talked about him with people I know because he was a modest man.  

I came across this material buried in an old box, and I know it was just the start.

The following excerpt is from an editorial in Life Magazine (November 24, 1958).

The events occurred during the height of the Cold War.   Here are links to some contextual history on the 1956 protests in Poland and the Polish October from Wikipedia.


"Soon after the bloodless Polish revolution of October 1956, a self-starting young Wall Streeter named John Richardson Jr. began to hear about the crying shortage of modern medicines in Poland's grossly mismanaged economy.  He got up a committee of private citizens who saw both the humanitarian and the political point of helping to sustain Polish morale in a tough time.  With help from other private organizations who had contacts in Poland, notably CARE, Richardson made three trips to Poland and finally won the agreement of the Polish government to accept and distribute American medicine as a gift, clearly labeled as such, from the American people.  The American people in this case, also prodded by Richardson's committee, are chiefly some 20 pharmaceutical manufacturers who have contributed more than $2 million worth of drugs, including 900,000 polio vaccine shots.

The impact of this common sense generosity on the Polish people has been terrific.  To the accompaniment of grateful newspaper headlines, more than two million Polish schoolchildren are getting polio shots this fall.  For the free vaccine stimulated the Polish government to buy five million additional shots from U.S. sources.  As a result more Polish kids are getting vaccinated than Russian kids.  (There is practically no vaccine in the other satellite countries.)

Other individuals besides Richardson deserve credit for this project, too many to list here.  It was no easy job to raise the contributions, arrange for their delivery and get the Communist government to concede safeguards for their nonpolitical use.  The men did it, however, and on their own, with the approval but not the assistance of the U.S. government.  We hear a lot these days about "people-to-people" diplomacy.  This Polish Medical Aid project (address:  25 Broad St., New York) shows what it consists of."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Just wanted to say "Miss you Dad" to my father on father's day.   He passed away the day after Christmas, 2014.

Image:  John Richardson, Jr. as a young man.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Counting signs of spring (3)

Pic 1.  Elderly house cat trying to make a break for the outside world.

He may have known that the swallows who nest in the barn arrived back this morning.  I might have let that slip.

Pic 2.  Finally!!  The hay tedder has gotten its head out of the snow bank where it has been held captive all winter.  You can just see it to the left of the hay wagon.
Pic 3.  The first crocus of spring is up, and it didn't get squashed by the bear (or very big raccoon?) who walked off with our bird feeder last night.

Bird feeder still on the missing list.