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Spotted Dog Farm Blog

Farm Walk

We are well into spring-like weather, and it is amazing!  Strangely enough, the weather this year got warm so early that we had green grass and started mowing before we had leaves on the trees - not our usual.  But on Sunday the leaves started to pop (I love trying to notice the exact day we get green leaves - they are surprisingly sneaky, and love to show up when you aren't noticing), and today it is 78 degrees and a bright blue sky.  Heaven.

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Morning Walk

Morning walk at the farm - take a look around, say hello to noisy uninvited guests (the swans),  run in the woods, feed the horse, play with the dogs.  And then get to work.

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The Seeds Are Here!

In a moment that feels like coming home again, I am so happy to offer our heirloom flower seeds in the shop.  Spotted Dog Farm started as a cut flower farm - after working as a business attorney and taking time off to have our son, I decided my return to the work force would be as a flower farmer.  Because... well, honestly just because I loved flowers and wanted to grow them.  So that's what I did.

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A Little Bit of Color

A Little Bit of Color

We've had a strange autumn so far - it was so hot for so long that the trees seemed to have given up on changing color.  I was beginning to think the leaves were just going to fall - but over the last few days we're getting a few hints that all may not be lost.

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Summer Recap

As is usual for me in the summer, I didn't keep up with the blog so well.  It's not that nothing was happening - it's more like too much was happening, and I was having fun living it, without wanting to stop and document it.  That actually seems like a pretty good philosophy - keep moving forward with the fun - so instead of wishing I had kept a more complete accounting, I'll just move on with the highlights.

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It's A Wild One

This winter has been a wild one so far.  For the last few years we had these mild, easy winters - usually punctuated with one or two snows, but for the most part no big deal.  It was equal parts delicious and anticlimactic.  This winter, on the other hand, has been a different beast.  January has been cold.  Like COLD. 

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The Seasons

The ferns are going nuts on the farm these days, reminding me that it's the season of growth.  I've been spending more time on farm work than jewelry work here lately, which is pretty much the beauty of the seasons.  I remember when I was a lawyer I'd think "am I supposed to do the exact same thing every day for the rest of my life???"  That seemed... unlikely.  I'm not really wired like that.  

I can definitely report that that is no longer an issue.  In the last few days we've cleaned out the gutters on the outbuildings, emailed the humane society to see if we can adopt some working cats for the mouse problem in the flower building (our last farm cat died of old age a few months ago), dug a giant drainage ditch around the run-in shed, changed the belt on one of the big mowers, moved a ton of mulching material into the beds for next year's garden, had the truck die while sitting in said garden, gotten the truck towed out of the garden and off to be fixed, hoed a ton of weeds out of this year's mini-garden, poked a bunch of holes in a soaker hose that was no longer soaking - thus turning it into drip irrigation, mowed and mowed and mowed, and weed-eated weed-eated weed-eated, had a guy with a track hoe come fix the drainage on our pond so it is now filling back up (yay!!!), hauled many many loads of rocks up to fix an issue where our driveway was washing, played a lot of badminton, re-seeded a section of the bank where the track hoe dug into it for the new drain pipe, started training the goats to go out on a picnic to whatever patch of invasives I'm trying to get rid of that day, fed hundreds of baseballs into the pitching machine for Sam, and done a lot of hot yoga.  What I haven't done is make much jewelry.  Which I think is fine - I'm a big fan of the seasons - both in nature and in life.  

This season is always one where I feel like the farm is growing up around me faster than I can stay on top of it, and everything needed to stay on top of it is breaking at the same time.  But in reality I love having all of these projects going on at once, and feeling like I really *have* to be outside all day.  Because in the cold months I'm all about the studio, and responsible work projects.  Which makes it all the more delicious that in the summer we're more focused on things that are growing.  Fortunately I also tend to stockpile a lot of jewelry in the winter, so this pretty much works out. ;) 

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