Silver

Silver With Mother Buff

Silver With Mother Buff

While cleaning my desk in preparation to paint the room I cleared out two boxes of books. I put the books into the laundry room in the space Peg uses for folding clothes. What this did was make the pile of books a high visibility project. Not to mention, they were within the domain a highly charged woman who wanted her space back. I vowed not to return anything to my office that wasn’t an absolute necessity. So far, I am holding on to that self-imposed rule. The important junk is back in my office and now I find myself sorting through the left overs.

I came a cross a very old book with a battered cover, yellow pages, and ripped binding. The title is Silver, the Story of a Wild Horse by Thomas C. Hinkle, published in 1934 by William Morrow & Co, New York. There are a couple of hand written inscriptions on the inside cover. The first line says “Excelsior School Dist. 32. 6th grade, Jan, 1936. The second line reads Arlie Richard Davis, November 27, 1951, Xenia, Ill, RR#1. Once I saw the name Davis I knew where this book came from. Arlie Davis is my son-in-law’s father. Arlie is just a few years younger than me. Since I had never heard of Xenia, Illinois I looked it up. Xenia is in the southern third of the state in line with Saint Louis. The current population is 658. I urge you to visit the Xenia website to learn about this quaint little town in Illinois.

Since I knew the owner of this book, I felt a moral obligation to read it. I loved it. It is for kids ages 12 -80. A few years ago I wrote exclusively for kids and have a book on Kindle titled Dooley’s Dilemma which I recommend for your kids. Enough of the commercial. Silver is a story about wild horses. One horse in particular is an Arabian breed who is white. The author Hinkle has an amazing grasp of wild horses. He describes their habits, noises, fighting postures, and aversion to man, and is very descriptive. At first I thought the story would divert to a good guy, bad guy cowboy story. Instead Hinckley surprised me by drafting a story where the central characters are all wild horses. It is obvious that Hinkle had a love for these animals. If I had read this book in sixth grade, I would have loved it even more. This just proves to me that it is never too late to do stuff and to venture down paths never taken before.

Crane Meadows Grade-A Best

Yesterday, I had the wonderful pleasure of celebrating my youngest grandchild’s sixth birthday. He is a beautiful child who lives on a farm with horses. In fact he and his older brother have a unique pet named Buddy. Buddy is a pony. How cool is that?

This is the simplest way I can describe the process of making compost. Buddy has three friends in the barn with him. Together they form the foundation for an amazing process that turns hay into rich organic compost. The brown machine has a little help from farmers who harvest the grass and make it into hay. At the end, they get more help from the farmer who completes the process by aerating and aging the raw material that forms the basic ingredient of compost.

These photos best describe how Crane Meadows Farm produces Grade-A organic compost that every gardener covets.

Crane Meadows Farm begins with rich green alfalfa; harvested, dried, and baled.

Kitty, the barn cat, zealously guards the raw material headed for the compost process.

Buddy and friends eagerly grind the hay to begin the process.

What we don't want to be.

The brown machine digests the hay and exhausts raw pellets ready for the next step.

Pellets stacked and ready for the next step.

The raw pellets move to bin-one for three months of aging.

The pellet mash transfers to bin-two for aeration, and another three months of aging.

The mash moves to bin-three. Note the color and texture change after nine months.

Farmer Steve tests the one year old shovel ready Crane Meadow’s Grade-A Product.

Farmer Steve loads Grade-A into transport modules.

Grade-A packaged and ready for shipment via long distance carrier.

Transport modules loaded on the Death Star for the long haul.

Horticultural material nourished with Crane Meadow’s Grade-A compost.

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