Nye Hill Farm

So Many Years

Birthdays here are celebrated with dinners, in the kitchen where we take all our meals, but birthdays are a bit more. The cooking is more involved, the table is set more formally and it’s set for more people. More time is spent, more laughs are had, more thoughts are shared. The most recent of these …

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The Endurance

THE ENDURANCE* *apologies to Caroline Alexander, whose account of Earnest Shackleton’s antarctic expedition, of the same title, is unparalleled; all coincidences intended I began to be followed by a voice saying: “It can’t last. It can’t last. Harden yourself. Harden yourself. Be ready. Be ready.” The first verse of Wendell Berry’s “Song in a Year …

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Holding Fast

Earth moves through space at what we estimate to be sixty-six thousand miles an hour. Sixty- six thousand miles. Per hour. Merwin wrote “we are all here together without knowing it flying at a speed beyond thinking.” Flying at a speed beyond thinking, we hold fast to this farm, with every bit of every kind …

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Unchopping a Tree

W.S. Merwin began his Tale… “After many winters the moss finds the sawdust crushed bark chips and says old friend old friend” What is believed to be the original wild apple forest rests in the Dzungarian Alps, in Central Asia.  From that forest, nestled in the mountains between Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China, sprung the thousands …

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Misinformation

An article recently appeared in a local advertising publication, entitled “Inconvenient Facts”. It begins with a quotation. “Organic practices can reduce climate pollution produced directly from farming – which would be fantastic if they didn’t also require more land to produce the same amount of food.” The article’s author states “This is the headline that …

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Happy

Our crew is fairly diverse. Some are peculiar, some curmudgeons and a few are downright cantankerous. Then there’s one in every crowd, happy. One of the crew is a discerning beer drinker but eschews beer flights. “Why? What’s not to like about a beer flight?” “Nothing, really, I just like a pint, simple as that. …

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Existentialism

Following a disappointing loss in a playoff game some years back, then Boston Bruin’s coach Claude Julien was pressed to explain his team’s lackluster performance. “We had three kinds of guys out there on the ice tonight,” he said with disdain. “Guys out there trying to make something happen, guys out there waiting for something …

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Lunch

To reduce the possibility of legal action for libel from any person who believes that they have been defamed by their portrayal in this story, whether portrayed under their real name (Gwen) or a different name (Gwen), Nye Hill Farm disclaims as follows. All names, characters, incidents and locales portrayed in this story are fictitious. …

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Reverence

Nye Hill Farm was established in 1790, the year President George Washington delivered the nation’s first State of the Union Address. The farmstead’s original stone foundation still exists, intact. By the time Washington delivered his Farewell Address six years later, the Nyes had built the house in which we now live. The house’s hearth still …

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Old Friends

Horse people can be fussy about hay. Very. They may be no less fussy about hay than someone else is about dog food, or cat food, or even fish food, but there’s more involved with hay. Where it’s stored. Put dry hay in a cool moist barn and the moisture leads to mold and mold’s …

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