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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 bag with his teeth, something I’d never seen him do. When I peeked in I realized why. Paul threw the bag out onto the yard, and that one slithered out. Then he grabbed a small pole and lifted the other one out and there was quite the reunion.             We watched them for awhile, took lots of photos and figured the party was over…when the trash bag moved again by itself! We nudged it and this fellow came out. (OK, I realize this could scare away all of our WWOOFers for the season, but please know that there are no poisonous snakes in this part of Iowa!)     So we’re having a friendly debate with a friend about whether they’re bull snakes or fox snakes. If you’ve got an opinion, please...

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Spring sunrise

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 in Blog, Featured

There’s something in the air, air that is a little wetter and a little warmer than it’s been in a long time. The sunrises give it away. Now we start getting ready to plant our new orchard, our vegetable gardens. Now the guineas start laying eggs again and racing around the garden. Now green things start popping up out of the ground… Be Sociable,...

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Spring chores

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 in Blog, Sustainable food production

Until today’s ice storm, spirits were high and we were getting a lot moving at Draco Hill. So in the hope that Spring will return any day, we’re posting our work from the weekend.  First it was time to get busy rebuilding the compost pile. The art of composting has eluded us. The math is 3:1, browns to greens and yet our compost usually just sits there. Not enough green, right? But I’d rather have that than slime, which...

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Iowa – The All Seasons State!

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Blog

Draco Hill has been wanting for snow, and today we have it. We’re expecting another few inches today. Time for snowshoes, sleds and our new-to-us toboggan…at least before it all dips down below zero tomorrow! This is what we woke up to this morning.           Our screen porch has turned into a snow porch!               The wind will have these wiped clean by the end of the day but...

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Happy New Year!

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 in Blog

Wishing all of our visitors and friends a healthy, happy 2015!  Be Sociable,...

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