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Sand Hill Thicket

Tales of stunning sunsets, happy sheep, and peace and quiet on a 10-acre farm in Northeastern Kansas.

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May 2021

What’s For Dinner? Chicken Chow Mein

We don't eat much takeout because we are way too far off the beaten track. The closest fast food is NOT worth it. Naturally, we haven't been dining out over the last 15 months either. Hence, we often get stumped... Continue Reading →

Egg Candling: Day 8

Well, it looks like we only have 3 viable chicken eggs (out of 6), but we are going to wait until Day 14 to make that final call. Meanwhile, we have a stunning success rate so far on the duck... Continue Reading →

Introducing: Heron the Ram

I wanted to introduce you to the patriarch of the next generation: Heron the Ram. He just turned one year old. His fleece is AMAZING just like his brother Hawk's fleece. They are both out of Tzatziki (very crimpy) and... Continue Reading →

Salad, Salad, & More Salad

So, I layered on new compost and planted a garden in early December to overwinter under the low tunnel. When I went to check on the garden after the #PolarVortex in February, I was pretty sure everything was probably dead... Continue Reading →

Newest Additions

We decided we are going to start raising our own chickens and ducks. We just received eggs from Sugar Feather Farm on Monday. So, we have a couple of weeks until the excitement begins. I'm really interested to see what... Continue Reading →

Clove & Mamma Rhea the Grandmother Ewe

Clove was so proud of getting to the summit of the mountain, but grandmother was not pleased.

Last Day of Off-Farm Job

Well, it's over. I'm done. Today was my last day. I'm no longer employed by anyone but myself. I feel like I just hurled myself off a cliff! It was a long time coming and it was a hard decision,... Continue Reading →

Dyeing on Saturday

So, last Wednesday the Husband told me, "You're dyeing on Saturday." I'm like, wait, "What?" He had registered me for a virtual dyeing class with Shepherd's Cross, which was where he learned to shear. I didn't know much about what... Continue Reading →

Shearing is Done!

Oh my, I never thought we'd shear that last sheep, but we've finally finished! This is the most sheep we've ever sheared in a season. We've got a pretty good system down now: we team shear, trim hooves, vaccinate, and... Continue Reading →

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