Royal Wee Violets

Some violets spared from the mowing. Royal wee witnesses of God’s favor. Photo by John

Keeping the yard of our farm house mowed is a constant occupation these days. Spring is bursting out with the quite heavy rains, punctuated with bits of intense sunshine.

When I mow I cannot bear to wipe out all of the […]

What a Difference a Day Makes

They say about our part of the country, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.”

Well, from yesterday to today there has been a bit of a shift.

Here are the sheep grazing in our north pasture in lovely glow of the sun just yesterday.

Sheep safely graze in the golden mid-April sun. Photo by […]

Sméagol Rules the House

Sméagol is a house cat. That means he rules the house. Photo by John

In a time of pandemic it is good to “shelter in place,” and practice “social distancing.” But it is also good, with those who are part of the household, to cuddle. And cuddle big time.

Our “circular shaped” cat, Sméagol, is famous […]

The Man Born Blind: Baptism’s Daily Significance in Decision

We call the present COVID-19 pandemic a crisis. Crisis can be thought of as a moment that makes decision necessary. We are pressed in a corner and must choose one way out rather than another.

The Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Lent was meant by the author of this work as a deep meditation, in […]

Fog and Beauty at Heatherhope

 

 

 

Here’s another reminder that Life goes on during the pandemic.

 

Martin Luther said that one of his weapons for keeping the Devil away was to cut a fart. We can do something akin if, in the midst of the threat of COVID-19, we habitually open our eyes to the beauty and holiness all around.

 

A foggy morning […]

Blogging in a Time of Pandemic

Isn’t it a loving God who put inside each of us the yearning to belong—to feel the presence of others—to complete someone else and have them complete us?

Perhaps Covid-19 is the earth’s way of crying out to us. It calls us from our flights, our road rage on the highways, our ball games (I sorely […]

Abbie's Death Leaves a Hole in Our Hearts

Yesterday we put down our beloved Abbie. It has left a big hole in our hearts!!

Of course, if you are part of the human race, you have already flinched, because you have the pain stored in every cell of your body. And, if you are among those who share with us a special fondness for […]

Gordon Watt April, 2020 Clinic Moved

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Gordon Watt clinic, scheduled for Heatherhope for April 23 to 26, has been cancelled for here. But Gordon and Kerry Watt invite people to contact them for a possible clinic at their farm for May 1-4. Contact them at bre.2002@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in taking part.

Meanwhile, take care […]

Say It With Your Body

“Lean on him!”

That’s what Gordon Watt used to say when I was working my young, excitable dog, Zac. It has taken me years to understand all that was bound up with that tiny bit of advice.

Gordon Watt (r) demonstrates how to get a dog in the “zone” with body language. Photo by John

We just completed […]

Another Snowy, Character-building Gordon Watt Clinic

It happened late last April. It happened again this Halloween. Our semi-annual Gordon Watt clinic here at Heatherhope Farm is getting to be the kind of thing that builds real character. It was in 1895 that we last had an October snow like this—with three or five inches of the stuff and a good stiff […]