• Digging holes

    In preparation for the new house we’re putting in the water line from the well to the house site. Nathan was able to use machinery for most of the dig, but there remained a half dozen sections to shovel by hand. We really think that’s what Cotton believes we do all day: dig holes. Within
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  • Breathing deeply again

    I’d just like to point out the marvelous reason I’m getting to post so frequently these days: That’s right. The fiber is officially installed at the vineyard. I can breathe again. Case in point: I’m uploading blog photos (on the first attempt!), streaming pandora music and buying a shower curtain for the new house all
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  • A year

    I’m reminded by the calendar we’ve been here almost a full year. Arrival day was January 31: in the wee hours of the morning after driving through an ice storm. In some ways a year doesn’t seem possible. In others, it feels more like three years have past. This was our landscape early on in
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  • Round 3: BSV versus the deer

    During exhaustive conversations about our grape-loving deer friends, a biologist relayed that once deer get a taste for grape leaves, they just keep coming back. Regardless of the 24-hour guards, regardless of the electric fence, regardless of the rye planted nearby to satiate their appetites. Oh goodie. So January sees construction begun on an eight
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  • Sweet revenge

    We’ve been packing and leveling and composting and chiseling the former peanut field in preparation for planting rye. And naturally, Big John needed coddling in the form of a new hydraulic line.   So we put a Case-International red-colored hydraulic line in just because we could. And it felt good. Now if I could only
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  • The carry-all

    With the field officially deep broken, we moved our attention to collecting several pieces of recently acquired farm implements. Now we love Craigslist but transporting newly-purchased farm equipment is a wee bit more complicated than a few simple clicks on the Fedex website. Hence the need for a carry-all. We’ve also heard it called a
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