The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

On a May morning

Rabbiteye blueberry flowersSome days, my life lacks coherence and is simply an unending string of awed discoveries.  Here's Monday in a nutshell....

I woke to the sound of rushing water --- the floodplain is submerged.

A scuffle in the hallway --- Huckleberry caught a mouse.

Toad calling in a kiddie poolBlueberry bushes are coated in hundreds of flowers, some starting to open.

Seven male toads beckon lovers from our mushroom soaking kiddie pool.

Tiny fuzzball peaches are swelling fast, now bigger than my thumbnail.

Stir-fry for dinner --- dozens of Egyptian onions, some overwintered carrots and parsnips, and shiitakes sodden from three plus inches of rain.
Components of a homegrown stir-fry
The first lightning bugs danced in the dark.

I hope your spring days are as sweet!


Spring means chickens.  Prevent the filth this year with a homemade chicken waterer.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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I love those toad pictures.
Comment by mark Tue May 4 16:13:07 2010
Thank you! So nice to have such willing subjects.
Comment by anna Tue May 4 16:23:24 2010
Wow, you can't improve on that. What a lovely place you live in. Glad it is all going well. I want some of those toads :)
Comment by HeatherW Tue May 4 21:35:14 2010
Give them the right habitat, and toads will move right in! They're very handy in the garden too, eating up slugs and other bad guys.
Comment by anna Wed May 5 07:17:09 2010





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