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Moving 50 Animals 600 Miles

Moving 50 Animals 600 Miles

We made it! We are officially here permanently. I can’t say that it feels so final in my mind– rather, the days are rushing by as if again approaching the long return trip to California. Without a set routine and with such a seemingly insurmountable to-do list, the past week has been a blur. The process […]

Taking Time

Taking Time

Thanks to social media today, we have the luxury of presenting to the world carefully selected parts of our lives. Naturally these are more often than not the rosy bits: grinning children, plump homegrown tomatoes, our sources of pride and joy. These joys are contagious, and sharing them has helped grow an important movement: to […]

Three Geese A-Laying

Three Geese A-Laying

The season has arrived. The African and Chinese geese are all sharing a nest. I’m not sure if the two Chinese geese are a pair or both gals, so I don’t know if all of the eggs are fertile (or if there are only two geese a-laying). No one is yet setting on them while […]

The Garden: Winter Surprises

The Garden: Winter Surprises

A rather magical part of our new home is that it was clearly once a well kept, well loved place with nurtured gardens. The overgrown brambles and fallen trees add some to the mystique as spring bulbs nod through. Grape hyacinth lines a path along the creek, and new clusters of its thin leaves promise more […]

The Weight of Things

The Weight of Things

In the end, our move will have taken almost half a year– one trip at a time, one trailer-load at a time, one month at a time. But now the essentials and most of the furniture is there, so we’ve reached the point of packaging all the little things we plan to take, and setting […]

Our Corner of the Earth

Our Corner of the Earth

This was the first time since beginning this transition that returning to California felt like leaving home. Maybe it’s because this time we moved all of our treasured and most frequently used books: cookbooks, field guides, reference books on animal husbandry and gardening. Maybe it’s because the crisp, piney mountain air had begun to do […]

The Things I’ll Miss: Valley Skies

The Things I’ll Miss: Valley Skies

The flat, featureless Valley boasts hulking skies that make the Earth feel just as tiny as it is. The stars are few, thanks to city lights, but the blanket of smog alights each dawn and dusk in spectacular displays. Storms churn enormously and clouds paint pictures and tell tales overhead. … (A series.) It’s easier […]

Going Home: Part 1 of the Move North

Going Home: Part 1 of the Move North

We’ve just returned from the first leg of the move to our Oregon property. The trip was a whirlwind, filled with the ups and downs that were mostly expected, some less so. We had some weather-related surprises, and I broke my finger on day-2. When we drove up mid-day on the 28th, the highway wound […]

The Year In A Word

The Year In A Word

If there were a word to represent 2014, for us it would be change. I’m hardly the person whose shoes I wore in January, and as we wind down toward the holidays, looking back on the year and forward to the next, I could not feel more optimistic or joyful. The thematic transitioning of 2014 has […]

The Things I’ll Miss: The Home Place

The Things I’ll Miss: The Home Place

  The buildings on the property we’re soon to leave are falling apart. My daughter is the fourth generation to live in the house where she was born, and she will be the last. Even as the concrete walls crack and the wallpaper peels, the house feels alive, and tired. The barn is filled with […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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