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The Old Mule

Old Mule Farms - Graves, Ga.

Thoughts from the Old Mule

Honor and Tradition

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  The weeks behind find us now on the steps of our traditional Thanksgiving. It`s that time of year that the old farm slows a bit with great anticipation for all things thankful. The abundant blessings that have propelled us another year also brings new challenges that draws us closer to the creator of them all. With family near our time is sure to find fulfillment and satisfaction among the playful spirit that such a season brings coupled together with an even deeper spirit of a thankful heart. It`s tradition to gather, but its honor that fuels the understanding that our time is a short stewardship among the now and the future on Old Mule Farms……………Dan

Take a Seat

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  With cows calving and hay stacked high the sounds of fall begins to turn to winter colors all around the old farm. The gentle crisp air that starts our mornings do find warmth as each day advances, but before long that to will turn as our cold season takes a seat on the old back porch. With an abundant stock of all things needed the farm begins to set back as it has for decades now in reverence to the created cycle that nature feeds upon. What inspiration can be found contained in what is seen just outside the last post on the back porch of the old farmhouse……………….Dan

Simmering Coals

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  Cooler mornings and nights find home once again here on the old farm. With the first of falling leaves time brings the beginning of years end closer towards winters mark. I think the farm has long awaited this season after the heat wave of summer, so lets enjoy as we simmer some slow cook`n dutch oven style over the outside coals. Might even begin an early slow down pace as work mellows among the shadows of changing days. There is nothing like it anywhere else than the homestead that surrounds you………..Dan

A Farmers Storehouse

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  The last of this year's hay is cut, rolled, and safely stored in the old barn for winters feed. This might be an age old chore, but one that speaks necessary within farm life. Not only do we have to provide for ourselves, the greater need is taking care of livestock as winter throws its best our way. Make`n it happen is just another day here on Old Mule Farms……………..Dan

A Taste of Fall

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  It looks like we might be in for a early fall this year, so time to get the garden worked up for some greens. You know greens and corn bread is a meal in and of itself. That sure is something the fast life misses out on, but I tell you here on the old farm what once was all that could be found become a tradition just as sound and solid as life itself. The taste of country is the taste of life…..Dan

Dwelling in Purity

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  Ground coffee rises out of the back kitchen as morning awakens here on the farm. Before long fried jowl will mingle it`s part bringing more country scents to the back porch of the old farmhouse. This old porch is where it all started years ago and where it still begins the best day since yesterday. Here is where my thoughts dwell and here is where each are cultivated. A mixture of memories with living history all destined to bring the fresh purity to those who care to stop by for a visit…………………………Dan

Rows of Purpose


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  Just sitting here enjoying a nice calm morning to start off the beginning of another great day around the old farm. All is just right to take in the early morning sights not to mention the sounds of life as each takes form bringing with it that peaceful slowness as the rest of the world gears up for speed and fast living. I reckon most are trying to be content in the fast lane, but for me, a rough dirt road brings me full circle in thoughts of the best of the best. Content is surely a blessing summed up in happiness all the while wrapped up in summer showers from above. That is life as it grows across the ole farm not in rows, but in meaningful understanding that in everything a greater purpose awaits around every corner.........................Dan

Summertime on the Farm

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  Summers heat wave has come to the old farm making record marks across the hollow. Even the big oaks offering their shade is bordering on not being enough this time around. The cooling of wolf creek is our magic place to unwind after a long day. Just like that slowly the farm continues that sustainable presence that a lifetime has enjoyed. Thankfulness is always found in the simple, yet faithful knowledge of another season comes after this one………………………Dan

Care for Tomorrow

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   Over the years patches have patched past patches along every fence line on the old farm. The last several months and more to come will find us building new fences to secure the next generation of cattle raisers in the family. It`s not a chore to make better now for future living. It`s an honor to care as stewards of what comes next……………Dan

Grinding Corn

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   Grinding corn to feed another day on the old farm is just another day doing what we do best. We have animals that depend on us just as we depend on them. So, all must eat including us farmhouse dwellers. Living out today's portion for we know not what tomorrow holds. I say what a journey with views to match.

  For now, my coffee brews to fuel the view around the next corner past the weathered barn that looks upon us all……………………Dan

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