In our last installment of the ongoing Creeping on Wildlife series, I tried to solve the mystery of what animal has been living in the barn. Over the past few months, I trained the trail cameras on the barn to solve the mystery and it turns out that I was asking the wrong question. I should have been asking which animals have been living. Between the different footprints, photos and videos, I’ve counted 11 different species of mammal wandering around the barn.
Continue reading “Creeping on Wildlife IV”
On Saturday, I went turkey hunting on the farm with my friend Pin-Bo. We woke at the crack of dawn and stationed ourselves in a pre-selected spot, right where the pasture meets the forest. We set up decoy inflatable turkeys to enhance our odds of attracting real turkeys. Pin-Bo created an elaborate scene where the guy turkey was about to hump the lady turkey. Apparently the wild turkeys are into that sort of thing.
Continue reading “A Turkey Spots a Moose”
As our great debate about what to do with the barn drags on, I think I found a very interesting potential solution last week. In Hebron, Connecticut, less than five miles from the house that I grew up in, is a company that sells old school post and beam barn kits. They cut the materials for the barns at their shop and then ship them to your site for assembly.
Continue reading “A New Barn Option?”
We recently moved passed another milestone in the renovation of the farmhouse. Things are looking on track for completion this summer. Hopefully, I won’t live to regret typing those words.
Continue reading “Structural Support”
Mud season. It’s almost become a cliche to talk about Vermont’s fifth season as an annoyance. Once the snow melts and the spring rains start, the ground becomes a mucky and muddy mess. Up at the farm, we are working our way through it. Allison was in Peacham earlier this week and she was able to take some pictures to illustrate how swampy the pasture has been since the snow melted.
Continue reading “The Big Melt”
“Yeah! Fresh larch,” exclaimed the boy.
The little boy grabbed a pinch of needles from an 18-inch tree seedling and stuck them into his mouth. He seemed to be about six years old and looked like he wished that Christmas would come early this year so that he could get his two front teeth.
My pint-sized tour guide continued to rattle off the names of the different trees and plants that we passed as we marched up the steep hill. Small and fragile tree saplings dotted the hillside in rows. Eventually we came to the end of the pasture at the top of the hill.
“This right here is the best place for you to camp,” said the boy. “The stars at night are A-maze-ing!”
Continue reading “A Trip to Twisted Tree Farm”
Or maybe it’s a coyote. But I’m pretty sure it’s a fox.
Allison and I have two goals for the farm this year. Goal number one is to fix up the house and make it long-term livable. The second goal is to plant a whole butt-load of trees
on the sloping pasture nearest to the house and barn. Last week, I gave a bit of an update on progress with the house renovations
. This week, I’m going focus on the trees and my plans for using a bunyip.
Continue reading “The Bunyip Level”
We are smack dab in the middle of the renovations of the farmhouse at Gold Shaw Farm. It’s been a very big project, but things have been going very well. (Knock on 185-year-old joists that I didn’t just jinx myself!)
Continue reading “This Old Farmhouse”
Earlier this week, I checked the trail cameras to see if I had captured any new wildlife footage. In previous episodes, I attempted to capture whatever I could around the property. For this month’s installment, I was on a mission.
Continue reading “Creeping on Wildlife III: Ghost Poop”