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Virginia

home-snowMy family and I live in the middle of nowhere on a small pretend farm in Clarke county. Our closest neighbors are monks at the Holy Cross Abbey. Our land is on the Shenandoah river…lush and green in the summer, and beautifully crisp in the winter. We have a large collection of animals (the menagerie) including: 3 dogs (puck, sophie, and mogli), 3 cats (soupy jr, boot, and tibia), a quarter horse (willie), and a donkey (hotey). Sometimes we have chickens (in between chicken massacres), pigs (which we eat), and a peacock.

Our house was built in 1760 or so (nobody is really sure), and was part of a creek-driven industrial complex before the big flood of 1870. We built a timber frame barn a few years ago on the property, which we expect to last for at least 200 years. We also have a red woodshed, a chicken palace, a spring house and an apothecary shed.

home-fireIn the summer, we have a large garden in the bottom land. In the winter, we light fires and work in the kitchen. We have massive bonfires twice a year on the solstice to turn the sun.

We once lived in Loudoun County, but it grew so fast we were pushed over the hill in 1999. It’s still possible to escape suburbia in Virginia, but it takes some doing.

A Drone's Eye View

apothecaryshed.com

The apothecary shed is, contrary to rumor, not a meth lab.  It is a nature center, experimental lab, yellow building, collection of cool stuff.  On the apothecaryshed blog we talk about the stuff.  Or whatever else comes to mind.

Expect: farm, art, animals, nature, river, music, dance, video, humor.

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