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Lazy Mill Hill Farm

Last Build Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:02:42 +0000


It Was a Very Nice Thought to Thinkfinspop

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:35:34 +0000

It snowed again in the night, and was still snowing when I awoke, three inches on the ground already and mounting. At chore time I loaded square bales into a utility sled and pulled them through the orchard to the cows, who marked my progress from under the outstretched boughs of the big spruce trees… Continue reading It Was a Very Nice Thought to Think

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Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:00:27 +0000

Later in the day, snow still falling, I drive a mile down the road to borrow a wheelbarrow, then another two miles to buy a beer. The roads are slick; the ruts beneath the snow are frozen, pulling at the truck. I drive slowly, in part for safety, and in part because I feel no… Continue reading Continued

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I Can Barely Fathomfinspop

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:44:18 +0000

The temperature has dropped again, and gusty winds have delivered snow, it’s falling now, steady and slanting on what remains of the wind. I watch the chickens retreating to the shelter of their coop, walking in their forward-falling way. I watch what ground had been bared by cold rain and warm sun turning white again.… Continue reading I Can Barely Fathom

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Coupla ThingsfinspopSlide1Untitled.jpgcollage

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:00:19 +0000

First, Penny’s hosting a black ash pack basket workshop at our place the last weekend in April. You should probably  absofreakinglutely come. You’ll leave with a beautiful basket made with your own two hands, though of course folks with any number of hands are encouraged to attend.  Second, Penny’s now offering a limited supply of… Continue reading Coupla Things

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Someone WillfinspopP1030208

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:32:18 +0000

The thawing back roads are a mess – rutted, soupy, pot-holed – but I drive them anyway, in part for the challenge, and in part because the back roads of Vermont are where I’m most comfortable, where I can watch the part of the world and the way of life I know and understand best… Continue reading Someone Will

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Tell Me About Thatfinspopcats2

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:21:34 +0000

The snow is almost ceaseless. It is snowing even now, again, as I write this. I plow, then I plow again, then again. The driveway is a narrow chute wending between walls of snow, and I cannot believe I have not gotten the plow truck stuck. Not yet, anyway. The cats sit on windowsills, watching… Continue reading Tell Me About That

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When the Reading Gets ThinfinspopP1030236

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:24:56 +0000

Finally finished the south wall clapboards. The cats are pleased and frankly, so am I. Last week’s short-but-serious thaw reduced the snowpack to scant and intermittent patches, in the process revealing a strange assortment of items lost or misplaced or intended for winter burial. In the shadows of the barn, I found the pair of… Continue reading When the Reading Gets Thin

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Not in my Experience (a true story)finspop

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:15:25 +0000

Sunset in the orchard Yesterday afternoon I hauled a load of logs for my friend John. He’s logging with his horses about a mile up the road, a nice patch of spruce belonging to our neighbor Scotty. He sells the spruce to David, who lives about three miles down the road, where he used to… Continue reading Not in my Experience (a true story)

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A Hair TherefinspopP1030116

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:55:48 +0000

Apple. She’s out standing in her field.  I’ve no doubt mellowed in recent years, but every once in a while I still get a hair across my ass. And this is one of those times. Thanks for reading.

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Looking the Wrong Wayfinspop

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:34:40 +0000

The snow that fell on the backside of the rain was a disappointment; two inches at best, a scant blanket that barely covered the ice-encrusted ground. Yet the texture was silky and pleasing underfoot, so I strapped on my skis and headed for the long, sloped field across the mountain road. It was late in… Continue reading Looking the Wrong Way

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