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Old Mule Farms - Graves, Ga.

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Closer than you Think

A view from my back porch…

  Quietly the sun rises on another day for it can not be touched by beast nor man. Slowly the shadows of darkness mingles with the early light of the next best day since yesterday. We have fresh air to breath, with a peaceful calm across the farm, yes sir I say this is going to be a great day. With coffee in hand my thoughts run with signs of hands on accomplishments for the week. Staying busy is not a job. Its a honor to keep the grind stone turning as any well oiled machine humbled by the many blessings that reach our holler three fold. Surly what this farm gives is far more than substance, I believe its an understanding of an unseen balance that brings yesterday closer to what one day will become tomorrow………………Dan

Spring Air

A view from my back porch…

  Meanwhile on Old Mule Farms life moves along as fast as history is made. With blue sky's the last several days coupled with 70 degree temps it almost makes one jump instead of walk. Spring is in the air and I for one am welcoming it with a standing ovation. My mind has me thinking about all those winter thoughts of planting, fence fix`n, barn mending, just everyday life on the farm that lives within my veins. Work comes daily after I sit for a spell on the back porch of the old farmhouse. Here is where I find my inspiration for embracing the chore hurdles brought on by living a lifetime in one place. With hundreds of acres before me how can I not be inspired to work my best in a life where blessings have found home among my thoughts. So with the sun comes the thrill of enjoying the best before another night of peace ……………Dan

The Vineyard

A view from my back porch…

  I`m just watching the sun as it starts to rise over the farm where work abounds along with our regular routine. According to the old mule scale it looks like spring will arrive early this year. Already there are tell tell signs of growth coming through from winter which sets a pretty good stage before weary eyes. I have set out and planted new grape vines on the farm. So adding to what we already have this gives us a nice little vineyard for our southern life. Much more life is springing forward around here where we embrace it with thanksgiving. So onward we go into a new month as our journey brings us closer to tomorrow…………………………..Dan

Quiet Morning Sounds

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  Just like I like is the early morning hours where time is the quietest on earth. That time right before the first tractor heads down the dirt road for a long day. Those moments when only a faint stirring can be heard coming from under that canopy of wooded trees over there. Even before the first song is sung from our feathered friends. As I listen that all too familiar sound of silence brings back many memories from the past each with there own quiet meaning. I say this is what living is all about. Brought to us by echos from an early start right here on the farm of life……………………Dan

Onions For Life

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  With a good heavy layer of mulch covering onion sets the side garden will show life before long here on the farm. We depend on what we grow as part of what makes it onto the farm table just as our for fathers did before us. I think the stewardship role we have is as important now as it was for the early pioneers that once made this land their home. Interestingly enough the future of our lifelong success will be to some degree the future of a new generation that comes after we are gone. So even with the planting of onions comes a great understanding for the cycle of all things in life…………………………Dan

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 certainly heard more stories than most of us can remember and I think that makes it a special place to gather. Its warmth is second only to the richness of country air glowing from a rising sun filtering through the tree line on another great day on the farm…………..Dan

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 canned jams, vegetables put up from the summer garden rounds out the list. I`d say the old farmhouse is ready for cold winter nights and days of easy living. With a window view second to none the farm rises to make us all better than we were yesterday……………………………Dan

A Homestead Christmas

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  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 say, they to have been lite just as they always are to awake the halls of the old farmhouse. You see the presents we share come labeled as blessings from above. Each wrapped special for the moment they are lovingly handed where the contents always contain more than we ask. As for me and my house we do not celebrate a season for the reason is upon us daily through out the year. For most folks simple is just plain to simple. Around here it is the most we can hope for that yields the most in return………………………..Merry Christmas……. Dan

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 with another giving a second look the best look in the house. The things that one wishes to do over are all there, but don`t cast them aside. Everything makes up the total picture and is equally important as any piece in this puzzle we call life. Once the months are crafted together the strength of it all is a mere fraction of what has been created. All I can say is what a year I see as I look up from my fire side……………………………………..Dan

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 as we are on it. The land with all it has is our prideful path, but the stewardship rest upon our shoulders. After feeding time my day will find me busy keeping up with as much as I can before nightfall calls with familiar voice “its time to head back to the old farmhouse” where supper is warming on the stove. Then as the clock ticks the hands of time lead once more into peaceful sleep preparing for another day in this timeless hollow that I call home…………………………..Dan

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