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Feb 15

Simple Country Pleasures…

Good Friends…The kind you meet and know you like them right away! I met Lawana and Stacey Manning back in April last year at  the Jeannie Joy Hartnagle Taylor Herding Clinic. I had invited them down to meet my “Traditional Working” English Shepherds. The clinic was a perfect time for this. They could watch  all …

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Feb 06

Drover’s Stock Dog Journal…

It has been a while since Drover was needed to work the sheep. I have been using KAT and training her to be my right hand as is Drover her sire. I have to say I am well pleased with KAT’s progress and yes even my understanding. KAT is a different dog from Drover. She …

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Jan 19

Thursday Photos…

We had eight inches of snow on Wednesday! I did not venture outside…too cold … Today the sun shown bright!  Les and I took a ride on the gator. The dogs took a hike in the snow! Enjoy! Journey 7 months BOO watching the ducks Drover watching the ducks Intently KAT Ballou loves the snow…and all …

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Jan 12

Full Terraces…

My Grandpa Delk was a fine farmer, and his father before him…In the 40’s, 50’s early 60’s there was a program to help farmers keep their land from eroding (washing away)  with heavy rains.  I arrived home about an hour ago in a heavy down pour. The ditches were all ready full…and the terraces were …

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Jan 12

Sunrise At Maple Grove Farm…

Not something that gets photographed round here this time of year…Sunrise! over our farm… Enjoy!

Jan 09

“What Ya Been Doing?”

me: “Ah…just putting away the  Christmas decorations, fixing to take down the tree. Staying warm! How bout you?” “Ah….Staying warm…you know I have some pintos and corn bread if you are hungry…” This was a typical conversation my Grandma and I had regularly…Lord how I miss her…Lately I have been having to practice so many …

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Jan 03

Good Dogs…

It has been real cold today! We even had Jack Frost this morning!  I took off to visit a friend down in Southern Pines area, that has two (now grown dogs different litters)  I raised. What a pleasant visit I had! We talked dogs and horses! She showed me her amazing horses. She does cross …

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Jan 01

From The Milking Parlor…Our Farmers

Have you ever stopped along the side of the road while passing thru farming country and watched as a Farmer tilled the soil with a John Deer Tractor or a pair of matched work horses and planted the field? Had the opportunity to visit with a Farmer, sit down and talk  under the shade trees? …

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Dec 26

From The Milking Parlor (part one) …

Back in April I had the pleasure of meeting Lawana and Stacey Manning the owners and operators of Buffalo Creek Dairy in Rural Hall North Carolina. I had invited them down to meet the English Shepherd breed at our Jeannie Joy Hartnage Taylor Sheep Camp. They had recently lost their sweet, precious, smart Border Collie …

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Dec 20

The Night Before…

KAT and I are heading to Buffalo Dairy early in the morning! We plan to help with the milking of the Holstein Cows and help load some heifers into a trailer and move them to another field. Photos I hope and a detailed description of the work. I am so excited! I have to sleep….KAT …

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