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The Old Mule

Old Mule Farms - Graves, Ga.

Thoughts from the Old Mule

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

Spring Signs

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  Spring makes itself known all around the old farm. Our early garden is growing nicely along with the budding of vines to fruit trees. The summer grasses of our hay fields have stepped up on the color pallet. These are just a few signs that life marches forward as we move along with it.

  With it all, our pace picks up to tackle the challenges of everyday living just like our for fathers right here at the old homestead……Dan

Happy Chickens

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  With an eye on spring like weather we have been working on the old hen house. Building some new nesting box`s along with an additional roost or two things are look`n good. It`s like most things in life. Every now and then a little attention, maybe a facelift of sorts is all it takes. Make`n the chickens happy makes us happy, so we do what we do the Old Mule way………………..Dan

Look`n Good

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  As February comes towards it`s end much has been accomplished. We have logged some fallen trees where we spent several days at our sawmill turning them into usable lumber for some upcoming old mule projects. Fence work continues in stages but looking good from a distance. The hogs are growing nicely and before long the smokehouse will be firing up. Yes, I`d say things are look`n just fine on Old Mule farms…………….Dan

Bring on the Rain

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  Our winter rains continue to replenish what's needed on the farm. Although it stops the building of new fences and needed repairs to old ones, but that's alright in the cycle of things. Rains do aid with my nap time as the old tin roof of the farmhouse sings just about as loud as dry thirsty fields. In between it all is that abundance of appreciation for this place called home. Who needs anymore when all is within reach of winters rain…………..Dan

Old Ways

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  In true Old Mule style, we are hammering out the beginning of a new year here on the farm. This old hollow is sounding out the first of many changes all with a eye towards the traditional ways of country life. Our rich historical history fuels the winter fires that watch over the past as it guides a steady pace for today. Any change around here is only to launch a better understanding of the old ways of farm life as a means of teaching a way of life all but gone in modern times. So, pull up a chair as we enjoy the true pioneer spirit the South Georgia way……………………Dan

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