Tag Archives: ozarks

Psychotic Chickens And A Late-Term Cow

Chickens devastating the fall garden and why hasn’t this cow dropped a calf? Continue reading

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The Things We Grew: Our 2015 Garden In Review, With Notes & Tips For Next Year

Some people, I think, have good garden years, where it’s an all-around “bumper crop.” We’ve never had that, being utter amateurs. So when we hear skilled growers lament 2015 as a tough year… we think, “Well, at least we’re not … Continue reading

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Summer Mushroom Hunting In The Ozarks

The two-months-long deluge we’ve been experiencing here has been unfriendly to Missourians’ gardens. The tomatoes are blighted, the soil is soggy, and everybody has an easy culprit for this year’s gardening woes. But while the rain has ruined gardens, it’s … Continue reading

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Pure Milk

Taken with my iPhone, so not the best quality, but still…

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Frigid milking frustration

The good part first. Gerty is giving us a really nice yield of milk, and I think it might improve a bit more over the next week or so as she settles back into life at The Ozark House (and, … Continue reading

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Milking twice a day, OR, I got my cow back, but I’m feeling kinda lazy

Gerty’s back. She’s been gone since the week of Thanksgiving, so it was a sweet reunion. She was at the farm of some very generous friends who let her be courted by their bull — a very well-bred, pricey bull, … Continue reading

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Duck disappearance, Pt. 2 – Determination

Back to the duck story. It turns out seven of our 12 ducks were most assuredly murdered. I found the evidence. Needless to say, after two bloody nights, I was in a fowl mood, and I was faced with a … Continue reading

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An Intermission: Ozark Ice Storm

Before I conclude the story of our Mysterious Duck Disappearance, I thought I’d share some of the wintry beauty to which we have been subjected today.

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Ozark hunting success

For the last two years, I’ve had zero success during deer season. In 2011, the only deer I got was one that a person graciously hit in front of our house. It ended up in our yard, and I shot … Continue reading

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Autumnal gifts

My previous post was in response to what I view as our society’s current insanity. Take it or leave it. I like to spice things up on the blog—a little farm life, a little narrative, some how-to columns, and the … Continue reading

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