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2014-07-04 at 15:38

The sands of swim time

Here we are in the month traditionally known for being hot and sunny.  This month is considered to be the epicenter of summer. Oh sure, we can count on getting a thunder storm or two, but generally we think of July as vacation month wherein we head to the lakes or into swimming... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-06-20 at 10:32

Pestered while planting

Ah, the joys of planting a vegetable garden. But first, reclaim said garden from the onslaught of the dreaded weeds. Last year I had my heart stuff and hence, could not participate in the annual rototilling, making of raised beds and planting of the garden.  In fact, because of my... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-06-13 at 15:51

Winter preps already begin

I’m starting to prepare for winter.  I know, we’ve barely achieved summer weather with some mornings still only just above freezing here at the farm, but the shock of the past winter was a major shot across my bow. I mentioned in a previous column or two that we ran out of... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-06-06 at 16:30

Blackflies a sure sign of summer

Time flows; the grass grows; berry-bush flowers show; and into my nose come exquisite smells heralding summer. The blackflies have crept in here at the farm to annoy especially the horses and humans when we attempt outdoor chores like planting the veggie garden.  I have resisted using... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-05-23 at 14:28

Sugaring off a sure sign of springtime

I love maple syrup.  Recall that old saw: “…as Canadian as maple syrup.”  A classic portrait on every maple syrup can or bottle is of snow-covered woodlot, a team of draft horses pulling a sled with a large sap container, and usually with the sugar shack in the... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-05-09 at 14:00

Tis the season for birds, buds and mud

’Tis mud season. We knew it would come, eventually; we just didn’t know when given the ongoing bouts of snow.  But it seems that the snow is in full retreat, leaving a very soggy land that is waking up. For those of you who read my last column wherein I worried as to the survival... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-05-09 at 13:48

Tis the season for birds, buds and mud

’Tis mud season. We knew it would come, eventually; we just didn’t know when given the ongoing bouts of snow.  But it seems that the snow is in full retreat, leaving a very soggy land that is waking up. For those of you who read my last column wherein I worried as to the survival... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-04-25 at 10:09

Signs of spring arrived during Easter

The deer were standing stock still.  Not even their tails flicked. They were listening to our voices coming from Casa Jones. Easter Sunday was blessedly warm.  By afternoon we were outside in shirts.  Son Doug was in shorts and a T-shirt.  I had opened the living... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-04-17 at NOON

Signs of spring everywhere

It began with a patch near the back door where the sun shines.  Slowly over the next few days more ground was revealed.  The consistently warm temperatures at first mottled the snow and then made it melt.  At last, spring. Each morning, coffee mugs in hand, my wife Laura... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-04-11 at 11:17

Spring brings birds and slush

So we received more snow. Quelle surprise! I spent Friday and Saturday on board Big Red, my diesel tractor, blowing the heavy white stuff onto the already huge piles bordering the driveway and the yard. We were ‘blessed’ with a lot more snow last week than in the city – at... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)