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Old Mule Farms - Graves Station, Ga.

Thoughts from the Old Mule

Resurrecting the Past

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  I fired off the ole smoker for a long slow cook of pork butts and fresh hams that soon was copped then sauced for our family 4th celebration. For decades I have been the pit master here on the farm bringing hungry appetites to the old farm table. Our family time is extremely important to me. It holds the warmth of the past together as it bridges the changing new to understand even the simplest of things are dear. It is true that the younger generations can only see right now, but one day they might just relish a memory from the past that can never be resurrected again………Dan

 

Work Days

Summer is in full swing bringing with it the southern heat that we face each year. So, from that standpoint it is nothing new and helps us understand that we have a place among the familiar times of the south. Farm work continues each day full of adventure and pride in work well done. The occasional dip down at the creek makes for a diversionary tactic then all hands on deck as we make it happen the old school way....Dan

Dusty Rain

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  Its somewhat dry here in the south. The old farm is about as dusty as it gets. I can remember each spring having to sweep out the hay loft after most of our winters hay was spent. A little dust never hurt no one, it just covers you with a great respect for a nice rain shower……Dan

Spring Blooms

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   Early spring has come to the old farm. Colors with fragrant scents fill most all of this place we call home. The refreshing part of this cycle is the fact that such a ole friend as spring still comes each year and we still embrace it with the same heart felt intensity only derived from a deep understanding that life comes from a creative hand so it can blossom within each who believe. Welcome spring, as you live so can we live in the abundance of it all…….Dan

Thinking Ahead

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   Thoughts begin to emerge around the old farmhouse as we talk about this years spring garden. Now as winters garden draws closer our sights focus on what comes next. Necessity with need has always driven this farm so plans are important. Whether one considers it survival or not we have a rich history on Old Mule Farms where tradition is kept alive one plant at a time. Our direction is to enjoy not only the past, but everything that has made us who we are. One of the best ways of appreciating it all is with a fresh meal straight from the garden………..Dan 

Warming the Cold

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   It`s easy to sit by the old fireplace feeling its warmth watching the flickering flames. Whether early morning or late evening the shadows that make there way along the ceiling and walls of this log homestead continues to offer comfort on any cold day. Many blessings have walked by my old fireplace, and I know many blessings have come from hours spent watching closely to somewhat of a silent call from deep within the flames of life. Now from the embers that gather it`s easy to see the warmth of today is heading towards tomorrow right here on Old Mule Farms……..Dan

Life from the Past

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  Wintertime is forge time here at the old farm. Forging raw stock whether small or large with old school techniques makes things sing come spring. From repairs to forging out needed items we still carry on the old school blacksmith trade as part of who we are. Our passion here on old mule farms is keeping the past alive for what the future brings to us………Dan

Gifts Received

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  It`s Christmas time at the old farm. This time a year a warm fire fills the old farmhouse bringing a connection from the past to the present even though it is a common way with us. Our work continues but for now it is with a much more laid-back feeling. Family is humming all over the farm and that sense of a special spirit clings to most everything, even that age old tree that stands in the corner. Fresh backed treats are coming out of the oven where the aroma of wood cooking and spices makes up the best of the best. All awaits the day itself when giving is found among the gifts that we have received right here on Old Mule Farms..........Dan

Cold Days

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  Frost covers most of the farm this morning for the last day of this month. Tomorrow is also the last month of the year which brings my thoughts to a much slower pace as the old farm slowly crawls into deep sleep for the winter season. With firewood stacked high and enough hay stored in the barn there is no doubt that rest is in sight for us homesteaders to find our balance among the cold days in front of a warm fire. With most everything in place the peace of this season takes hold in more ways than one. Our grateful hearts are thankful for the journey of another year in South Georgia.......Dan

Overwintering

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  It`s overwintering time here on the old farm. I have been busy tucking and mulching in our spring onions for next year's harvest. Come early spring these fresh sights will find their way onto the table along with many other early vegetables. Around here we still grow most of what we need keeping alive the old traditions that make us who we are. Historical Old Mule Farms is a working- living farm that we are mighty proud of…….Dan

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