Category Archives: Animal Family

Duck of Earl

“Oh m’god, what is THAT?!” This is the reaction of most folks who meet The Duck of Earl for the first time. One friend mistook him for a large, concrete garden sculpture, until he moved. A few have been surprised … Continue reading

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BLOSSOM: LISTENING FOR THE VOICE OF WISDOM

It is cloudy and cool, this pre-equinox day at MillHaven. When I walked out to the garden shed to check on Blossom O’Possum, the ground was still soft from the rains of the past few days. I did not expect … Continue reading

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ON BLOSSOM O’POSSUM, AND EXISTENTIAL DREAD

Last evening I sat nestled in the grass in the peach hues of the late-summer gloaming. Clippers in hand, I sat sifting dried stalks of phacelia through my fingers, breaking their seed heads into a paper bag. Across the yard … Continue reading

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SITTING DUCKS

Lucy Lu, our Muscovy duck, has been in voluntary seclusion this past month and a half, patiently sitting on eggs. Duck eggs don’t take a month and a half to hatch, but it took me a couple weeks to decide … Continue reading

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WHY YOU NEED TWO DUCKS

If you have a yard,  you need two ducks. Trust me, have I ever steered you wrong? I’m advocating for two ducks, not many ducks, although if you have a lot of property, you might want more. Here is why … Continue reading

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POEM–LUCY ON HIGH

She always takes the high ground wherever she can find it. And when. Lucy atop the lion’s head or the bird feeder or the strawberry pot. Sometimes it is so hard for wide duck feet to find purchase on high … Continue reading

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A TALE OF TWO DUCKS

For our seventh anniversary, after breakfast out, Carter and I spent part of the day assembling a Costco chicken house. It is not especially well-constructed, but is better than we could have built on our own. I really had no … Continue reading

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