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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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The Elderberry Chronicles – Part II – Elderberry Yarn

Since I am inundated with elderberries, I decided I should dye some yarn. I am very interested in natural dyes and have previously dyed with blueberries (see my previous post Blueberry Yarn). I would love to dye with indigo, but... Continue Reading →

The Elderberry Chronicles – Part I – Elderberry Syrup

The elderberry trees are laden with elderberries, the bundles of berries making the tree limbs lean far over practically until they are touching the ground. I am inundated and have to work fast and try to use as many as... Continue Reading →

Garden Update: Taming the “Jungle”

It's high time I provided an update on my new garden area. We have just entered a cool and wet spell after being hot and super dry. Meanwhile, the empty areas in the garden have been overwhelmed by grass, which... Continue Reading →

Fully Loaded Mulberry Tree

We've started picking the mulberries. Our ginormous mulberry tree is fully loaded. The first fruits were made into mulberry scones this morning. Here they are, those yummy mulberries. Yes, the little green stems are soft and fully edible - we... Continue Reading →

New Garden Area

Well, it's a start. I've got loads of room (~1300 sq. ft.) to fill with vegetable plants. Then I'm going to go crazy with mulch! So far, I've sown two 50' rows of Glass Gem corn, which is a flint... Continue Reading →

Sand Hill (Chickasaw) Plums

Our sand hill plum trees have set an inordinate amount of plums for the first time in our thicket and hedgerow. We are very excited because we've been waiting for this since we got here four years ago. I can't... Continue Reading →

The Sheep Have Been Shorn

It feels so good to be done with shearing! We feel so accomplished. We figure this must be how it feels to finish a full marathon. The sheep have all been shorn, vaccinated, and had their hooves trimmed. They are... Continue Reading →

The Shearing Cats

It's been an interesting shearing season! We've sheared in the cold, after the rain, in high humidity, in extreme heat, and surrounded by cats. The cats were there to annoy us every step on the way. They love the smell... Continue Reading →

Reupholstering Dining Chairs

We purchased a high top dining table and chairs when we first got married. Mink likes to sit on a chair, find a crack in the vinyl, and tear bits and pieces off. So, I decided it was time... Time... Continue Reading →

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