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What the Heck is THAT?

What the Heck is THAT?

No wonder I spent the morning rounds squinting… I actually couldn’t see a thing on the screen when I pointed the phone at this fierce, glaring orb that was clearly trying to get my attention! It was impossible to make eye contact because a) after a nano-second of looking at that blazing thing my retinas would have been scorched and b) I was distracted by the high winds roaring in my ears and some excessive nose dripping due to the extreme cold… I think I am glad to see the sun, though – despite the plunge in temps it has brought to my corner of the world.


Babar and Freckles

Babar and Freckles

Babar (purebred Cotswold ram) and Freckles (Border Cheviot cross ewe) hanging out together in the sheep shed… This was taken because I still haven’t had a chance to do a proper portrait sitting with Babar. However, the light was terrible and I was rushing so I didn’t really get anything that was worthy of being called a portrait.

Later in the afternoon I was visiting some other blogs and someone (I wish now I could remember who it was so I could give you a link because the images were remarkable!) mentioned Snapseed, a photo-editing app. I’ve been looking for a versatile app that doesn’t bombard me with stupid links, ads, and annoying pop-ups so I could do some basic editing of snapshots taken on the phone.

The Babar shots were handy and I had a few minutes, so I started playing around. Snapseed definitely has potential… It seems to be linked somehow to google+ (which seems determined to take over the world) but until I find something better, it looks like it could be useful… Do you have any other suggestions? What do you like to use on your phone for editing shots on the go?


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Have a most excellent 2014!


Merry Christmas!

Here’s wishing you a lovely holiday season with much festive feasting, fun, family, and full-on fabulosity!


A schlepping we will go…


Very chilly and stressful start to the day! Phone call from a neighbour saying, “your horses are out!”… Horses now caught and back home… Water solidly frozen. Wind howling. These poultry waterers Filled up at the house and ready to be transported back to where they belong… I’m thinking a vacations would be a lovely thing to do in the winter…


NaBloPoMo Here We Come! More, or less…

NaBloPoMo December 2013

Over on the Blogher website, there is a whole lot of blogging going on! When I started this whole blogging biznatch waaaaaaaaay back in 2000 (!) there was no such thing as a blogging community. The blogging tools were crude and I had no idea what I was doing. I mustered up one whole blog post that first year. In 2001, I picked up the keyboard again on September 12, the day after 9-11. Given how that event changed the world, I wrote surprisingly little about it online. (Curious about those early blogging days? Here’s the link. Be warned, it’s pretty ¬†boring.)

I didn’t post a photo until 2002. Here it is:

Me in my Pony Express hat, posing inside a whale rib cage…

That was the year I rode sections of the Pony Express Trail across Nevada to promote a children’s book I had written, Jo’s Triumph (note, there was no such thing as a Kindle edition back then, though that is the first link that comes up in a search today…)


Foolishly, I had created another website where all those photos and notes from the trip were kept. That website doesn’t exist any more, so all that material is lost. Which is probably something to keep in mind while we are all producing so much stuff that exists only out there in the ethers. I never print anything off that I post on my blog and I guess maybe that isn’t such a good idea, if I’m worried about posterity. How do other bloggers deal with this?

In 2012 I moved my writing blog over to WordPress when my website got an overhaul, but I have to say I have been a tad inconsistent when it comes to writing about writing, probably because writing about writing is kind of boring. I always felt a bit odd writing about pigs and snowstorms and what I was harvesting from the garden on a blog that was supposed to be about me and my books. So, in 2009 I started my Dark Creek Farm blog over on Blogger and then in January of 2011 I moved the farm blog here to WordPress.

Since starting to write about farming, I have found blogging got a lot more interesting. Maybe it’s all the procreation and death that goes on here that ups the readability factor. Farm life is much more real and compelling than a stack of manuscript pages. And, I get to post photos of horses:

and piglets:


and, occasionally, sketches by my dad about life on the farm:

I find it’s really helpful to have the motivation of a deadline to push me along, which is one reason to sign up for this month’s blogging challenge. But I have also found (after participating in a 30-Day Farm Blog challenge in November) that this here blogging community that sort of sprouted when I wasn’t paying attention is a whole lot of fun!

My goal for this month is to write more and worry less. When I can I’ll follow the writing prompts and otherwise, I’ll just keep on jotting down my thoughts about life on this here little farm.

The first prompt is: Do you think you’re more or less likely to complete December’s NaBloPoMo? I think there will be days when it’s a snap and then, right around Christmas when everything gets totally crazy with visitors and meals and hockey games and stuff… well, those days could be a tad challenging.

What I have noticed is very different today from those very early days back in the mists of blogging time is how handy my phone is! I hope to make better use of that nifty device, not just for snapping photos (for which it has been SO great!) but also for blogging quickies on the go. The other thing I’d like to try to do is include more videos, but December may prove to be just a bit too frenetic a month to attempt that. More video, though, might just be a good New Year’s resolution. But, I’m getting ahead of myself! For now, I’m excited to be part of this challenge and can’t wait to get to know some of the other bloggers who have also decided to participate.


One of these things is not like the others…

One of these things is not like the others...

There are a couple of opportunistic drakes who have decided it’s worth being chased by piglets if it means they might score a stray grain or two from the hogs’ breakfast…