Chickens and Eggs–Part Two/ Reading the Egg Carton Labels

So in part one of this post,  Chickens and Eggs, I told you all the wonderful things about having your very own flock, including a personal supply of beautiful healthy eggs. But the truth is– even if the backyard chicken trend is growing, the vast majority of readers are still getting eggs at the supermarket…. 

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Chickens and Eggs–Part One

Chickens and eggs–so which came first? This is a two-part post, so for the sake of this discussion, I’ll say chickens!  Having them in the backyard is making a comeback, and with good reason.  We’ve had them for a year and a half now and I’m already a big fan. Once you get set up… 

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Fermented Pickles

Retreat Highlights–Three Graces Farm

The idea of hosting retreats at Three Graces Farm has been out there since this all began, now two years ago.  So when the request came a few months ago for a small group of women to gather here for a weekend of fellowship and renewal, we decided to have a go and see what… 

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The Fence Row at Three Graces Farm

Fall Projects

I’m back! Our quiet summer of long, serene days became the season of major fall projects. But when you live in a two hundred year old farmhouse, this is a good thing–

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The Paradox of the Equinox

I’ve always heard that you can balance an egg on its end on the day of the Equinox. The word comes from Latin, meaning (not surprisingly) equal, or “equal night.” This twice yearly event (Autumnal and Vernal) falls half-way between the two Solstices, (Summer and Winter) when the sun comes into perfect alignment with the… 

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Prayers and Seven Contemplations of the Sacred Mother

Heaven on Earth–The Feast of the Assumption

In the summer of 2004  I published a book of meditations on the Virgin Mary,  celebrating my own spiritual journey connecting with the Divine through nature. (The Foreword to this work was written by my friend Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees). Ten years later, surrounded by animals and plants and immersed in the earth’s rhythm of days… 

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A Simple Grace

I went to let the chickens out this morning and on my way back through the garden, egg in hand, I realized

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Luna–A Time Short and Sweet

Yes, we had to let go of our baby calf, Luna.

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Bottle or Bucket?

Baby Luna came to us on the full moon, thus the name. I’ll admit, I’d been thinking about getting a milk cow, but note that thinking about something and actually doing it are totally different.

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High Summer

Summer is here, and although the pace of life at Three Graces Farm might be a bit slower than elsewhere, that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening. Here are some highlights.

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On Leaving

It’s just a short trip, but lately it’s always the same. Leaving to go anywhere gets me feeling all mournful and elegiac, and right now when the garden is just beginning to leap, it’s especially hard to pull away. Everything is so lush and green, the peas are finally starting to blossom, and my peonies… 

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