Rolling into December: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Rolling into December: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Rolling into December in a warm spell here in northeast Missouri, we're working through the last of our tomatoes and peppers, picked green and slowly ripening indoors since first frost more than a month ago. They're nice to have, and Sara has put up several rounds of tasty roasted sweet peppers, but I notice that I don't have the same craving for them now as I did when they were fresh off the plants. On the other hand, the remaining fresh kale in the garden, and all the potatoes and other roots in the cellar, seem like just the thing.…read more >
The Approach of Fall: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Approach of Fall: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Sara and I went out for a lovely walk on the land this morning, with early autumn growing all around us. We have not yet seen any frost, putting this year on the late end of typical (third in a row, by my reckoning). The odd sprig of New England aster or goldenrod and a few fleabane are still flowering, but I'm thinking my bees' final honey flow must be at an end now. Most of the osage balls have dropped, but black walnuts still fall intermittently from the adolescent tree outside our bedroom window in Ironweed courtyard. The raspberries…read more >
Eclipse Adventures (Pt. 2): A Dancing Rabbit Update

Eclipse Adventures (Pt. 2): A Dancing Rabbit Update

I'm sitting outdoors just under the tall overhang outside our kitchen's west door. Thunder rumbles in the west, suggesting perhaps a third round of thunderstorms for the day. Tall, rangy sunflowers in bloom and the surrounding oak trees all drip quietly with the remainder of the most recent deluge. Lest I forget, my rooster Rodrigo just came to stand five feet away in the chicken yard and start crowing the presence of his flock just to one side. Boy, can he project. Ted here with this week's news from Dancing Rabbit. I'm still landing back at home here, having just…read more >
Relying on Others: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Relying on Others: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Saturday morning I went out for my normal Ultimate engagement with my many friends who like to chase flying plastic, but had to sign a couple releases before I could play. Rae and Aaron, who play Ultimate with us now and again, as well as serving on our Outreach committee and running a private business engaged in the production and good use of video and audio content related to community, had arrived with gear. Rae with a digital camera took video from the sidelines as we played. A drone flown by Aaron took aerial footage at the same time, which…read more >
The Theme of Plenty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Theme of Plenty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I found myself awake at dawn one morning this past week (our cat Gromit gets wired at about 4 am and we don't have a cat door), and seeing the blooming pink of the sky, I decided to go out for a short walk around the village at a time I don't usually do so. Mist hovered a few feet above the ground, giving all the land a hazy obscurity as though it had not quite taken shape. It might just be my longing to know the world as it was before humans occupied and influenced most of the earth,…read more >
Season of Flowers: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Season of Flowers: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hello all, and happy flowering season to you! Ted here to bring you the news from Dancing Rabbit. Everything seems to be in bloom this week, all-in on spring's arrival. Green is the new gray/brown, and our honey bees are often a good clue for me, as I roam about our gardens and orchards and out on the land. Where the buzz is, I find pollen sources and nectaries... until nightfall. In recent years we've realized that right around sundown, the bees go home to the hive and the moths come out. As busy as our courtyard peach tree is…read more >
Happy Spring! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Happy Spring! A Dancing Rabbit Update

The cat lockdown began this week, initiating four months (through mid-July) of our annual attempt to shelter ground-nesting birds in the village area from the depredations of our vicious feline friends in the most sensitive period of raising young. Ted here—a little weary from multiple nighttime wake-ups by my cat Gromit to let him in or out of the three not-quite-outdoors destinations now available to him—to bring you the news from our fair village. I got the lowdown this morning on the Scotland County Community Theater play in Memphis, MO, from Danielle, Hassan, and Graham, who was heading out after…read more >
Big Burn, New Kids, Big Game: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Big Burn, New Kids, Big Game: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Despite what the calendar says, large V-formations of geese have been doing their annual fly-over westward this week, and the wind and temperature variations have suggested early March. We tapped a few maples early in the week, and I've managed to get in some outdoor work most days. Just another consecutive year of the hottest global weather on record, and again I'm stuck between welcoming the convivial weather in the moment and worrying about what the unseasonable trend portends. Ted here with Dancing Rabbit's latest. Unquestionably the most dramatic few hours of the week came about when the brave folk…read more >