Andrew's Blog

A City Boy Making His Way in the Country
February 2012

A few thoughts on the day.

Thoughts or observations.

  • Why do millions of people re-pin or “like” your posts on but don’t follow you? It makes no sense.
  • Why do we keep dogs in our house when their greatest contributions to the home are muddy paw-prints and hair that is, it seems, continuously shedding?
  • As we welcome spring, why do we every year look forward to planting a garden, that by mid-July, we’ll be cursing like crazy?
  • Small goats can squeeze through holes in fences. And so can ducks.
  • Before today, I’d seen black rot but had no clue what it was. Today, I know. The apple trees are doomed.
  • Llamas like hay, but love grain with all their heart.
  • Ice cream is easy to make.

And finally, for the night,

  • Apparently there is a controversy concerning the relationship, and meaning, of retro vs. vintage. Isn’t a mini-skirt retro while an old Singer sewing machine is vintage? Can you have retro-vintage? Lord, it is confusing!
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To turkey or not to turkey.

I’m having a moment. One of life’s great conundrums. Should Orchard House get some turkeys this year or not? I need some guidance. I hear they’re a hot mess. And they’re big. But Thanksgiving could be really Pilgrim-like this year. Give them a martini and then chop-chop-chop. Very Bloody Mary. Hm, maybe give them a bloody mary.

Will they get along with the peacocks? Will the goats be able to head-butt them? Do they eat groundhogs?

I need some input…what are you’re thoughts?

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What’s in my passengers seat?

I’ve been carrying around some odd things in my car over the past few weeks, so I’ve decided to periodically share some photos of my passengers seat.


1. One bag of de-worming goat pellets.

2. A blue Maasai cloak purchased in Kenya. I’m not even sure why it’s there.

3. A Jane Goodall tote bag I “stole” from the Jane Goodall storage facility nye on 10 years ago.

4. An empty coffee cup. And I hate coffee.

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Something amazing I learned in gardening class today…

Did you know a “Dolgo” crabapple can pollinate a Red Delicious apple tree and the resulting fruit will be 100% Red Delicious. Isn’t that amazing?!

Here’s how it happens…the male – the Dolgo – sends his pollen to his lady, the Red Delicious. She accepts the pollen and they have babies. Those babies are the seeds. The actual apple is the female ovary, expanded to encase the seeds. So the Red Delicious is actually the ovary – the meat. The apple cross is contained within the seeds. Should you decide to grow a tree from those seeds, it wouldn’t be only Red Delicious, but a cross between the mother and father.

When you’re eating an apple, you’re eating an enlarged ovary. That’s one of the messages to take away from this story tonight. I was amazed at this information. And I hope your mind was blown too!

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Two things you’ll be suckered into this summer…

#1: Lemons are the new pork belly. They’ll be in everything this summer; salads, pastas, and ades will be full of them. Be prepared. Get your sugar ready.

#2: DYI insect houses will be the new garden accessory. Move aside blue glass trees and tall ornamental grasses. Mason bees and ladybug homes are going to be the new darlings this summer. I don’t know how I feel about this. Check back later.

And, because you’re here, I’ll share one thing more – home-produced honey will be the new artisanal jam. I’m just saying…but the Jammery at Orchard House will stand strong. This, after all, is OUR year.

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