Spring Hill Farm

  (Ruther Glen, Virginia)
Tales from the Back 40

Winter 2012

Well, its 2012!  Happy New Year. All is well here at SHF.  The winter weather continues to confuse us in the area. One day it is the 50s and 60s, the next minute it is in the 30s and blustery.  All of the flowers are confused. I am in the process of gathering information for the upcoming season and finalizing the budget.  It always seems like a high number, yet it is never enough to cover everything. Thank goodness for day jobs.

We had several bonfires this year, mostly of my son's doing for his friends. But then we had one for church members right before New Year's Eve. It was a blast.  We used to have them all of the time down here when my grandparents were still alive the first Saturday in October.  There is something about being able to look at the stars on a cold clear night and listen to...nothing...but I have to wait for everyone to leave for that to happen.  After everyone left, Fluffy and I went back down to check to make sure the fire was put out...it wasn't. So I just sat down there in the dark with the dog in eternity.  Next thing I know it was 2am New Years Eve. Wow!

The pond was lost during the tropical storm back in September. I still think the earthquake had something to do with it.  So that is the big unknown for this season. Other than that and the usual drought speculation, I expect a great year and can't wait to start with the potatoes in about 6 weeks or so.

 My last living grandparent, Grandma Clara died last summer. For sure, I will miss her calls wondering what she can glean off the farm. When I was going through her papers, I came across all kinds of newspaper articles, including one about my mother winning an academic award when she was still in high school.  So what, you say?  This is my paternal grandmother tracking her future daughter in law years before they got married! So all I can say is if you are afraid of what your relatives may find when you are gone, you better get rid of it now, while you are thinking about it!

Fluffy now alerts us when anyone comes on the property, which is a good thing, especially when we are in the back of the house or down in the fields. Her obedience training is working a little too, although she still doesn't always come when you call her, which is a safety concern when we get near the road.  So she still gets to walk on a leash when we go to the mailbox. I would love to harness her and attach a cart to her, but she's not there yet. But she is a working dog and could do it with more training. She is still queen of the large rodent catchers...Claude is still king of the smaller ones, including a few rabbits. So the animals continue to earn their keep.


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