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Ready for Sledding!

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 in Blog

The sledding hill is ready at Draco Hill! Now we’re just waiting for the snow. Yes, some folks might think that’s a little crazy. It’s only October after all, but this winter we get to break a new friend from Tennessee into Iowa winters! Plus, it’s been a little too long since our young friends from West Branch (you know who you are) have been sledding with us. So here’s the teaser. Hang tight for winter!             Be Sociable,...

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Prairie Parthenon

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 in Blog

Paul’s big project this summer was a “pergola” or as some of us like to call it, an “arbor you can sit under.” He tells the story here, but here are the photos of the work on progress. We sited it facing northeast, with the sun to our left, our guineas to our right and the Cedar River, in summer shielded by trees, in front. Suzan took down the honey locusts Paul selected for how straight they looked, but Mother Nature doesn’t “do” straight so much with honey locusts, so building this pergola and living with it requires one part crooked eyesight and one part sense of humor. But it’s not going anywhere soon.             Paul then borrowed from a WWOOFer named John who build an arbor for us not far away, and used branches that will help support the grapevines now planted on both sides.       We’re already enjoying it. Just the right size for us and a friend or two, or a gin and tonic or two, depending on the day!     Read more on Paul’s post on the Soapbox!   Be Sociable,...

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Boat trip!

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog

We bought this boat in January from a young fellow who lives on the Mississippi. Who buys a boat in January and expects it to work? Such is the wonder of Craig’s List – making you trust in people even when there are so many bad ones out there.  Well, it’s a great boat and except for one little hose problem, which could’ve come about from sitting outside the rest of the winter. It works just fine. At least...

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Orchard Progress 2015

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog, Sustainable food production

The edible savanna takes shape! To recap – We’re building an orchard on the former farm terraces at Draco Hill. We removed 215 trees – mostly box elders, cherries and ash, using the wood for firewood, and the slash to help with soil erosion on two long roads elsewhere on the property. Our neighbors used the stumps to slow down erosion in the creek on their property as well, so just about all the solar energy of those trees stayed on...

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Visitors in our dome

Posted on May 26, 2015 in Blog, Wildlife

OK, so there’s lots of news about our orchard planting but we haven’t taken enough photos, so that’ll come later. For now, we just have to show you our friends who’d made a home in our dome. We came upon them yesterday. The first one was startling, but at least we could see it sitting on the wood chipper. I coaxed Jackson the Wonder Dog into the dome to deal with it, but instead he tugged on the trash...

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