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April 21, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
At midnight last night, as Bob was doing c-section surgery on the fourth ewe this month with Warren's assist, we all decided the lambing season for 2014 was a bit of a bust. We had a rash of ewes that were "non-dilators," meaning their cervix never...see all
April 18, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
We captured some nice video last night, mainly by chance. David Ekstrom, a video producer for Living the Country Life and Successful Farming, came down to our farm to take video of our lambs. Two of the final six ewes yet to give birth decided to go...see all
April 15, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
We had torrents of rain over the weekend, but not before Bob sowed the oats (cultivated, not wild) and tilled my garden. YAY. We needed the rain. I planted carrots, endive, and spinach. (It might be too early for spinach.) This weekend I am planting...see all
April 10, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
When I got home from work last night, my husband, Bob, and son, Warren, were heading to the barn with grim expressions. A ewe was down behind the barn. She was hugely pregnant and lying on her side, moaning and straining. This was no normal labor. I...see all
April 8, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
The work around our small farm this time of year may look nasty and smell nasty, but it's all good. Actually, I was standing on the top of the compost pile to take some of the photos and the smell was mild. Once that stuff cooks for a year it's no...see all
April 4, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Lambing is underway at our place this week. So far so good, although Bob did have to perform a c-section on one young ewe. She accepted the babies after the surgery, which is always the tricky part. We have several sets of triplets already,...see all
April 2, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I had a good visit with my parents last week, as Dad continues to recover from a fall. He and Mom take daily walks up and down the lane. It snowed twice while I was there, the last time as I drove to the airport. But the daffodils at the end of the...see all
March 26, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
My husband had a birthday recently, and I made him his favorite cherry pie. His mom came up to visit a few days later with a delicious peanut butter cake. We shared it with friends, and everyone loved it, so I had to get the recipe. The peanut...see all
March 25, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
National Ag Day is being celebrated today, and it is a poignant celebration for my family this year. Dad suffered a brain injury when he fell in his farm shop in Maryland in January. After a month in hospitals, he is recovering steadily at home...see all
March 20, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Our dear copy editor, Janis Gandy, gave everyone two daffodils for their desks. It's been a long winter and we are all happy to finally see spring arrive. Many coworkers came in my office with their flowers so we could post a thank-you photo for...see all