Thursday, November 25

Thursday Dose of Cute: Happy Thanksgiving!

Sacked Out Daisy and Marta

Thankful. . .
For these two amazing guard dog girls.
For a wonderful rainy day.
For the cozy warmth of wood heat.
For plenty of bowls and buckets to stick under the ceiling leaks.
For lots of progress made on the new house during the past week (which doesn't leak!)
For so many wonderful blog readers—many of whom are now friends.
For homegrown and homemade food so good that every meal is a celebration.
To share the farm with dozens of loving, adorable, and always entertaining animals.
To be surrounded by so much natural beauty.
To see and hear the migrating geese overhead (and yesterday, thousands of songbirds, too).
To live in a state of constant, total amazement.
To call these acres home—and to be with someone who loves farm life as much as I do.

What are you thankful for today?

Thanksgivings past:
11/27/08: Gobble Gobble

©, the polarfleeced (at last!) foodie farm blog where the sound of rain falling on an old tin roof and the barking of the big dogs is music to our ears—and everybody knows that the best thing you can do after working all night or feasting all day is curl up with someone you love and take a nice long nap. Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Daisy and Marta look like they ate too much turkey! I just discovered your blog and will keep following. So much to read and so many recipes!

  2. Farmgirl Susan, This is a beautiful post! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.
    I am thankful for a big old barn, but not in the way it sounds...

  3. I love that you're thankful for bowls to stick under leaks. How very Pollyanna of you.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your crew!

  4. Your life is quite lovely and wonderful...and it is a joy to read about it. I am thankful for everything in my life...the simplest of things being the most wondrous. And so thankful for family, friends and my little Yorkie Hank who brings us much joy. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Susan. I think the last one, having someone who loves farm life as much as you, is the most important one of all.

  6. Great photo of the dogs! You sure do have a lot of wonderful things to be thankful for!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to all you critters large and small!

  8. Thankful for a year of ups & downs that have made me stronger, wilder, contented, thinner (then fatter again!)and full of hope.

    And to have spent a glorious week in your company lambing, docking, feeding the flock, the herd, the dogs, ourselves, sipping champagne late at night, digging out pick-ups, picking off tics, gossiping, antiquing and taking in the local sights - man, there were some sights!

    Thank you Susan, for all that you have given me. BW.XX

  9. We were thankful for our family being altogether for the afternoon and evening.

    Those two look like they had a lovely
    Thanksgiving repast!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Dear Susan. You have no idea how much pleasure you have brought me over the years, and I thank you for sharing each moment you are able to. Please help if you can. I am new to New England vegetable growing (So Cal transplant recently). I planted radishes, spinach, beets, etc, end of September and they are up, but immature. Would you mulch/cover them with straw for protection from heavy frost and snow? Hoophouse not an option this winter. And if straw, would you just carefully rake it off in spring when weather is more mild? Thanks again for all you share! Much affection, Cary

  11. Did Marta get her fall haircut? :) Thanks for your blog!


  12. TOO TOO CUTE! I am going to try making your feta scallion scones today :)

  13. LOL...Marta looks like a terrier in that picture.

  14. Hi Everybody,
    Thanks for all the nice comments. :)

    Yeah, things would really suck if it weren't for all those bowls and buckets to catch the leaks! ; )

    Hi Cary,
    My apologies for the delay getting back to you. Congratulations on your first New England garden! What you should do with your young fall crops depends on how severe and cold your weather will get. They may be able to survive and keep growing for a while with just protection at night if the temp doesn't go too low.

    For example, up until last week, I had a 4'x8' raised bed of Asian greens thriving in the kitchen garden, despite it getting as low as 15 degrees. At night I covered the bed with floating row cover and old bed sheets, plus a plastic tarp on the really cold nights.

    I often read about people overwintering kale and/or harvesting it in the snow, but the few small kale plants I had in the garden this year died the first really cold night I left them uncovered - so like I said, it all depends. I recently read about a farm on Long Island where they plant a bunch of stuff like broccoli in late summer or early fall (I can't remember exactly when) and then let it sit in the field all winter, until it starts regrowing again - I think they said in early February.

    That doesn't work for me here in zone 5. But it might work well for you!

    If you don't think it's going to be warm enough for your plants to keep growing now, you could - like you were thinking - give them some protection from the elements and cold with some sort of natural mulch/cover. Straw is good. I mulch my strawberry bed for winter with hay, then uncover it in February or March, depending on the winter. The plants are still alive under the cover, despite temps getting below zero. Of course this is a little different because they're perennials, but you get the idea.

    Can you tell I start to ramble when the subject is gardening? ; ) I hope this helps!

    Hi mav,
    Actually, that is Marta's spring haircut! The photo is from May. I have a whole before/after slightly hilarious series I've been meaning to post, and I just decided to skip ahead and share one of my favorites for Thanksgiving. Of course now it's been so long, she's almost back to her old Marta Beast self. :)

    One of my (many!) plans for the next month is to wrap up the year blogwise by posting all the photos I've been meaning to for months - like Marta's new do, the new haybarn (and the new sheepbarn - which went up in 2009), etc. And of course all sorts of recipes. Wish me luck! ;)

    Ha, that's exactly what I said when I went to pick Marta up at the dog spa - She looks like a giant terrier! :)


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