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Sand Hill Thicket Farm

Tales of stunning sunsets, happy sheep, and peace and quiet on a 10-acre farm in Northeastern Kansas.

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First Snow & Killing Freeze

Well, it has happened. However, it's worth it, if it helped contain the #EastTroublesomeFire and #CameronPeakFire. It'll probably be melted by tomorrow anyways!

Bees: Fall Feeding Time

I hadn't fed my new swarm in a couple of weeks, so I cracked open the top honey supers to take a look. They'd drained their feed trough long before. So, I added more 2:1 syrup and a pollen patty cake. Meanwhile, I peeked in to see what they have been up to...

Prairie Fire

So, in Florida we would just mow the duff out of the pature at the end of the season. Apparently, those that live on the prairie are pyromaniacs. Here in Kansas, we just purposefully light it all on fire!

Gourds & Bumblebees

They're quite jurassic in size and have set some wee baby gourds already. How did they accomplish this you ask? With the help of bumblebees.

The Day The Bees Came

I had just gotten home (week ago Saturday) and was checking over my garden, picking a few items, and on the way out I noticed - the Swarm! It was a nice size swarm and so we set about trying to encourage them to stay by moving them into the empty hive about 150 feet away.

Mockingbirds

The outdoor cats have been plagued by a pair of mockingbirds and we've had our fair share of annoyance from them as well.

Pancit (Bihon)

I learned to make pancit from the Chamorro people while we were stationed in Guam. There was always a huge lecture about which noodle to use, and the winner was always rice vermicelli. No one wanted pancit (canton) with thick noodle, it had to be thin!

Chinese Cabbage Harvest

It's chinese cabbage harvest time!

Spring Showers

We've been getting lots of rain, which is a good thing because I'm a grass farmer; sheep gotta eat. Makes for long days when you're a chicken though. The front deck is the new hangout and I don't have the heart to chase them off like I normally do.

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