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Old Mule Farms - Graves, Ga.

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Fireplace Stories

A view from my back porch…

  The old fireplace is certainly the main center of our farmhouse during the cold days of winter. Here is where we plan out our days, give our thanks, and share the latest news from town. I suppose it has seen more living itself than we can see in a lifetime. It has c…

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Inside with Winters Cold

A view from my back porch…

  The air blows cold across the old farm this morning. Winter has finally set in after a long lengthy start from last year. Our fire wood is stacked high to keep the kitchen stove and fireplace going. The hay is all gathered nestled tightly in the loft. Cured ham with…

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A Homestead Christmas

A view from my back porch…

  With the spirit of this eve upon us my mind goes back remembering how we have managed to keep simple as the driving force among the lighted bliss that surrounds this age old humble start. Sure our table is set, just as simple as it is on any other day. Lights you sa…

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Fire Side Thoughts

A view from my back porch…

  Its cold out this morning so there ain`t gonna be no back porch sitting today. I`m just fine right here in front of the fire warming one side at a time. It does have me thinking about how things come together. A glance back over this year brings one piece in place w…

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Supper Time

A view from my back porch…

  Today begins like most others for me with my set routine here on the old farm. The sounds of cows calling out as the cold morning air stirs a restless side that is heard echoing through the woods. This calling is also one that nature has needs and is dependent on us…

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The Table is Set

A view from my back porch…

  The farmhouse is ready and our Thanksgiving table is set to welcome what family will gather. Thankfulness comes in many forms each with different meanings that tell the true story of all things given. Tradition is rooted in history and nowhere is that any better und…

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Winters Calm

A view from my back porch…

  The start to that laid back time of year is now upon us as cold rushes across the farm. Winters hay is under the shed with all fences in good shape. The old barn is repaired once more to stand the test of future times all while trying to maintain the rest of the far…

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Leaving This Nest

A view from my back porch…

  As I was sitting on old back porch the other morning my view was second to none. A mighty hawk was flying carefree over the east pasture. What looked like no effort was upheld by that mysterious invisible wind that has the ability to propel the smallest to the large…

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Late Night Homestead

A view from my back porch…
The last several nights have brought that seasonal awareness that our temperature is changing. The walls and halls of the old farmhouse slowly squeak creaking their way through the night as they have year after year. I don`t really know whose bones crackle or pop more m…

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Color Change

A view from my back porch…

  The old farm is taking on a different look as the season has finally started to change. Our weather has been much different up till now bringing somewhat of a slow start to the changing of colors. Before long a pallet of all known colors will find stance before turn…

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Rails of Sound

A view from my back porch…

  In the pre hours of early morning the sound of steel on steel crosses over the trestle bridge about a mile away. When conditions are all lined up one can hear as far as allowed and so our day starts with distant echos racing across the floor of this old hollow. A da…

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Barn Roots

A view from my back porch…

  Pulling back age old moss draping from large oaks I find my mind this morning going over the journey of a lifetime conjuring up visions from what was a common day on this land during the plantation area just a few short years ago. In all likely hood it was much the …

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Fiddling Around

A view from my back porch…

  With autumn now in calenders sight I see the nights getting somewhat longer as the clock ticks towards winter. The sun is slower to rise giving me that awareness that before long firewood will find a home next to the cooler mornings on the ole back porch. For now we…

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A Squirrel Forecast

A view from my back porch…

  Well our summer garden has just about played out with little to nothing left. There are a few peppers hanging on in hopes that we will pull them before they fall. Its been a good summer for all things garden related. Now its time to move on into the next season of t…

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Simple Pleasures

A view from my back porch…

  Looking back over this week we have been busy as a bee on the old farm with lots to show for time well spent. My view for several days now looking out over the hood of my old 40-20 running over acres of fresh cut grass. Tedder and raking just ahead of baling some ne…

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A Country Store in Time

A view from my back porch…

  Recently I stopped by stepping through the doors of a old country store that has stood as a landmark in a small Georgia town since 1918. With the smallest of items I wet my appetite just as my mind remembered from by gone days. Reaching for a ice cold bottle coke fo…

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All Fenced In

A view from my back porch…

  Our summer heat is pressing downward as the land grows further in time bringing fond memories of last winter with it. For now our days are  filled with opportunities ready to be marched on and conquered. Each rug on the ladder is either a uphill climb or a descendin…

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The Right Direction

A view from my back porch…

  As I reflect back over this week I`m satisfied that the ole farm is steadily moving forward paced comfortably for the old mule. Although busy, advancement can be seen just about any where you look. Just think we even have today to go and by the time you add that int…

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A Quiet Days Work

A view from my back porch…

  I`m trying to be a little quieter this morning as I scuffle around in the dark. We have one of our grand daughters staying with us a few days enjoying the old farmhouse along with how life is on this side of the farm. Even in the quietness I can still hear past gene…

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Summer Garden Patch

A view from my back porch…

  Peas and corn are up here on the farm, just like all of our other vegetables and right now everything is looking good. I tell you there has been a garden here at the old farm house as long as I can remember. We still consider it a valued part of our everyday life. O…

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