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About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.

Some Good News

Hello and Happy New Year!   The bitter cold weather that had descended upon us in mid December seems to be gone and we are having  more typical winter weather.  It is a relief to be sure….it was just TOO cold!  But is … Continue reading

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Winter Has Arrived

Winter, it appears, has arrived at Brookwood Shire…bringing snow, ice, frigid temperatures, grey skies and dark days.  A big change after the mild Fall we had,   and not my favorite season.  It is always a bit of a shock. Luckily, most … Continue reading

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The Kitchen So Far

As I mentioned awhile ago, we are planning to do some work on our kitchen.  I have wanted a cottage kitchen for as long as I can remember.  I had thought I would have one in Ireland…but that didn’t work out.  So I am determined … Continue reading

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Bumps in the Road

It has been such a long time since I have been able to write.  Part of that is due to having too many projects, but part of it is because, while Fergus was quite content to nap quietly as I … Continue reading

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Summer Fades

  Summer is fading.  It is darker in the mornings..and cooler.  Acorns are falling.  Random spots of color are appearing in the trees.  Leaves float gently on the breeze.  The cycle of Nature continues. I can not say where summer went….it … Continue reading

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Adventures with Chickens

It has been almost a month since I have written.  Things have been very busy here, mostly with chicken projects. First, shortly after my last post, I was sitting in the sunroom very early in the morning and Beatrix and Prudence were in the … Continue reading

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Moving on Up

The chicks will be 4 weeks old on Sunday and they are getting huge!  They are very active, and have no problem getting in and out of their brooder box.  The addition is nice, but they want to explore everywhere. … Continue reading

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