Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Tuesday July 20, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
Elk and Lobsters, Minus the Clean-Up

This past weekend was the Brimfield Antique and Flea Market Show which is where we found these treasures in years past to add to our collection of beasts on Bouderwood.  Who knew that elk and lobsters could be found on the same farm and require so little maintenance and clean-up?!





The next Brimfield show starts on September 7th and ends on the 12th so be sure to mark your calendars!

Tuesday July 13, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
A Fisher Cat, Up a Tree

Here on Boulderwood Farm we have animals in barns, cages, coops, houses and pastures but there are other creatures that lurk in the neighboring woods that don't inspire as much affection as the aforementioned.    The other day at lunch Jim was telling us about the local and elusive fisher cat who's haunting child-like cry is virtually the only indicator of its presence. Its build is a strange one as it looks like a bear and weasel's love child.  Several years ago some of our neighbor's dogs had cornered one up a tree and we all went over to see what they were making a fuss about.  After a while the cat surprisingly started making its way down the tree despite the pack of eager dogs circling at the bottom.   However, the dogs must have also been aware of the cat's aggressive and nasty reputation because we were shocked to watch as the animal was allowed saFe passage back into the tree line without any interruption.

Here is a YouTube video from Andover, MA where a woman's dog also had a fisher cat up a tree. Not so sure we agree with how she calls it baby, though.  These animals supposedly eat porcupines....

Tuesday July 06, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
Retreat from the Heat?

Just when we thought we were going to see a repeat of last summer, which brought us nothing but clouds and rain, we get hit with this tropical heat!  Will the Berkshires ever get the clement climate it deserves?  The animals at Boulderwood are just as curious but are certainly adept at finding cool solutions. 
The chickens trade the sun-struck grass for dusty barn floors...


The cows commune under the shade of trees and marvel at how the horses....


just don't seem to care....


Tuesday June 29, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
All our Chickens in a Row

We've got all of our chickens in a row at Boulderwood this morning! 
Most days you can spot them taking dirt baths under the porch, competing for cracked corn, eyeing the forbidden gardens and chasing each other around. Along with the endless barn yard entertainment they also provide us the most delicious eggs. Recently, we were anxiously waiting to see if the pile of eggs one of our hens was sitting on for days were going to hatch or not but to no avail. 


In the background of this particular picture you can see where Jim has left off trying to literally straighten out the old ice house.  Presently it is the shelter for both the chickens and the horses but has experienced some serious sinkage over the last couple of years.  So far, Jim, with the help of his son Matt, successfully raised the left side 6 inches!  One more inch would make it perfect but we didn't want to push our luck trying to lift the building again with the tractor. Great job guys!

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