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StarrySkyRanch
England
Joy-finder, traveler, mom to many, wife to one, sometime photographer
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Into the orchard this week. It is much cooler than last year this time which makes for a far more pleasant job of picking. If it was warmer we would be fighting the wasps which devoured the fruit right on... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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Everything is coming in a fortnight early this year, says the farmer. Caught me a bit by surprise this year. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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Framlingham Castle came alive with dancing and medieval combat last weekend and we were front and center for all the action. The sun even showed up which made it pretty close to perfect. The reenactment, provided by the Plantagenet Society,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Starry Sky Ranch
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"People will say it’s sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it’s not sad... It’s triumphant. It’s heroic. Isn’t that the real heroism? The real heroes anyway... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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The temperature has dropped considerably, but we got another cutting of rhubarb in which made me very happy. Hands down our favorite rhubarb crisp recipe is here. Cutting stringy rhubarb with a butter knife is a big treat for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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There is a definite autumnal feel to our days lately. Summer not only peaked at solstice but pretty much only happened during that small window. It's been cool and breezy and probably just right to nudge us towards the coming... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Both of us doing the same work in different ways this weekend. Building bit by bit we are. Me, pausing from my window. This one, pausing from the roof. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We got the tail end of hurricane winds this week. No bad weather but a lovely breeze blowing through the whole house. I will miss this when autumn comes and windows are fastened tight again. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Closeness counts. There is no substitute for geneuine felt connection. We cannot control the culture outside our homes, but as parents we can create the culture we choose inside our families and communities...Especially in today's tech-oriented environment, it is in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We hit the jackpot with this creamy dill sauce. Dutifully I have been buying fish and trying to like it but Friday was the real thing. It was really, really good. We had houseguests and the oven was full so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It's actually happening now for some crops. The last bales are being moved from the fields and carrots and onions have come up. The comfortable rhythm of the farm planting and reaping is a balm during a challenging summer. There... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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They cut well into the night to stay ahead of the weather. Tall stalks of wheat falling into neat rows waiting to be bailed. "It's dusty on the road tonight," she apologized while we visited. "We're combining." No problem for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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Evening has long been my favorite time of day. All the demands that stacked up in the morning trickling away. I lace my shoes and head out the door for sky and air. Actually in between the lacing and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” - Mary Oliver The sun setting in his eyes? Astonishing. Alternate title, "How I Spend My Summer Vacation" Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"We should stop considering that changing the world is impossible. It’s harder not to change the world. But while the world offers us “chaos theory,” we need to offer the world 'beauty theory....'” the rest of John Clark's thoughts about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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It is too wonderful, isn't it? We came across this cottage while walking a larger estate last weekend. I loved every little thing about it from the geraniums to sheep grazing nearby to the quirky fence. The best part was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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I am cooking my way through Well Fed Paleo and we were well fed tonight! Like, I am over the moon giddy happy because, frankly, food and I do not always play nice together. Since there was a bag of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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We are celebrating first's and last's at every turn right now. Tomorrow, a new decade. She slipped right out of childhood gracefully, quietly. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"Man has a noble task: That of prayer and love. To pray and love, that is the happiness of man on earth." St Jean Baptiste Vianney Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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On our road trip to Leeds for a dance competition we squeezed in a few field trips. The big surprise was the Thackeray medical museum. We planned very last minute and the museum randomly pulled up in a list of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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This morning we had the great summer toy box purge. That went well so we moved on to tackle the indoor/outdoor half bath that was added to the outside of the house for farm staff years ago. (insert shudder) Meantime,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch
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"That time of day when the sun hasn't come up yet but you can already feel it coming. It's an elusive warmth, like a subtle promise whispered in your ear, and you can go on with your day knowing you've... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Starry Sky Ranch