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About jazzguitarvt

Art is a jazz guitarist living at Ewetopia Farm in Richmond Vermont

Staying Cool

It has been very hot all week. I go out to the garden only at night to water the young plants; this keeps them alive, but still, they do not get a really good drink the way they do from … Continue reading

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A Pandemic Journal

  It has been more than a month and I have been to town only once, to mail some packages. I live in the country, where the stay-at-home order does not feel so confining, only strange. And sad. To live … Continue reading

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Spring Surprise

  We were not expecting lambs this year. After last year’s horrible lambing season – followed by a drought ­– we decided not to do this anymore. Last year, as if in a conspiracy, all the ewes decided to take … Continue reading

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The Wild and the Domestic: Introducing Soays

Years ago Art and I visited a place in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, called Green Gardens, a spectacular stretch of volcanic coast with stupendous coal-dark cliffs crowned with lush, velvet-green meadows and wind-twisted spruce trees. We camped for … Continue reading

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Autumn in Vermont

Art took these photos on his bike ride the other day– from our place past Gillette Pond,  to the top of Robin’s Mountain, with great views of Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump.  

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Do animals have souls?

The writer and ecologist Carl Safina has been looking at animals his whole life. I am not talking about sheep – but dolphins and whales, elephants and wolves, crows and razorbills. His beautiful book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and … Continue reading

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Looking at Lambs

  Lambs in spring. Of course, that is when they are supposed to arrive. Not in dead of winter.  To postpone the lambing season – which would naturally begin five months after the first cold nights—until the milder weather arrives, … Continue reading

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Going Gently

We buried our favorite ewe yesterday. Ten years old, Ewelysses died the way the old ewes always do: she just lay down one day and never got up again. It was in the middle of lambing season, and during her … Continue reading

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The Monitor Elm

l We have some great old trees on our property, but the tall one-hundred-year-old elm tree is the grandest of them all. It rises straight up from the roadside and then opens up like a fountain in the sky. I … Continue reading

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Dried Flowers for Thanksgiving

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