Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

Reflections on a Cold Winter Morning

You know what a morning like this needs?  A nice crackling fire in the wood stove.  A gentle glow and a cocoon of warmth right there on the hearth rug where the kids can get dressed before school.  They may even have time for a relaxing cup of hot chocolate.  Imagine mother and children cuddling […]

“Take every gain without showing remorse about missed profits, because an eel may escape sooner than you think.”

I don’t know what that means.  It is a quote by Lope de Vega, a playmaker in the Spanish Golden Age.  But I like it because it so clearly captures the emotional essence of making a profit.  Your books keep showing you in the red, but your mind keeps telling you that you did just […]


There’s no remedy for stupid.  You can’t change it, you just have to work around it.  If you’re lucky you will have one smarty pants in the flock that all the numbnuts will follow.  If you’re unlucky you will have one numbnuts and all the smarty pants will be blinded by his charisma and will […]

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