Monthly Archives: September 2007

Vaughnshire Site Outage

September 27, 2007
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We had some hosting issues and the site was down for most of the day today.  Everything is back on-line and seems to be running smoothly. In addition look for some updates from the road soon.  Ask yourself this question.  How does a family of 9 with seven small children, 2 cows, 3 goats, a…

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Inventive Boys

September 20, 2007
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Inventive Boys

Our boys are pretty content running around here getting into all sorts of inventive, creative projects that cause me to either turn my head and pretend I don’t see what they are doing or cause me to be thankful that they are happily work-playing.  The lack of brain stimulation to get those creative juices flowing…

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Who Needs Toys??

September 19, 2007
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Who Needs Toys??

Armed with homemade spears and split-fire wood sledge hammers, a bag of cookies and a jug of spring water, we left mid-morning for a trek across Vaughnshire.  It was a beautiful morning after a night of steady rain and a morning with cool temperatures. We loaded up the baby girls in the wagon and set…

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Garden update

September 15, 2007
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We spent the week working hard on preparing the garden for fall planting.  Because of the rain, we were able to quickly regain control of the weeds because of the soft ground.  The kids and I worked in the garden most every day this week in the mornings.  We have a  row of sweet potatoes…

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Moved Cows to Paddock1

September 15, 2007
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This is the first day in 9 days that we have not had at least some rain fall.  It had to end sometime, but we sure were enjoying the front porch and the gentle refreshing sound of the rain each day after the long dry August.  But today, in place of the rain, we received our…

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Beware of the Mulch vs Great Community

September 13, 2007
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Beware of the Mulch vs Great Community

That’s not your typical title, but this is not your typical post.  This is a perfect word picture of two worlds vying for our business.  One is the large impersonal agribusiness world of corporations and the other is the small close knit community of a local CSA farm. First, the second hand dangers of herbicides…

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A Very Beautiful Picture

September 12, 2007
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A Very Beautiful Picture

This would be a picture of rain hitting our field… 7 days in a row we received rain showers. You can imagine how excited we are after a very long, dry summer. We are so grateful for an abundantly flowing spring once again and tiny blades of grass shooting up everywhere.  We are so grateful…

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Monsanto – Parasite Control

September 10, 2007
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Not that we want to use traditional methods of parasite control, but until we get everything in order we are giving Monsanto his dosage of Eprinex.  That happened today, after we finally spent a week bucket feeding him some sweet feed so he would let us get close enough to him.

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Speak Like A Man

September 10, 2007
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Our friend Mark has a great post on his site that was a breath of fresh air today.  My wife likes to write about women being women and embracing their roles as wives and mothers.  That is a great topic and it is a blessing to any man who has ever had a wife whose…

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Created Paddock 4

September 8, 2007
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We extended the electric wire from paddock 1 up and around the garden to block out the garden from paddock 2 and through the fence into the main pasture to use on our cross fencing. The young boys helped me run the eletric ribbon across the pasture to carve off a nice square acre paddock, which…

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Escaped Cow

September 7, 2007
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The thing with temporary fencing is that its…well temporary.  That in itself isn’t so bad, except it is not suppose to be the cow that decides how temporary it is!  Just for the farm records, Bonnie the independent, ornery, ovulating, milk cow found a path over the electric fence in paddock number 3.  There is…

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Divided Paddock 2 in Half

September 3, 2007
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Bonnie and Monsanto remain in Paddock 2, but we cut it in half today leaving it about 1.5 acres and paddock 3 about 2.5 acres. The boys ran the cross fence after we checked the old wire and repaired damage from falling trees, limbs, etc… Over the next couple days they will finish the gate…

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Discussions with Robert Lewis Dabney, 1892 State Education

September 1, 2007
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“Every experienced teacher knows that pupils educate each other more than he educates them.  The thousand nameless influences — literary, social, moral, — not only on the play ground but of the school room, the whispered conversation, the clandestine note, the sly grimace, the sly pinch, the good or bad recitation, mould the plastic character…

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