This Place

We had a Rocky Mountain family gathering. Our son, Jeremiah, and his fiancé, Caroline; along with our daughter, Rebekah, and her husband, Mike, joined us for a week on the mountainside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Connie and I drove our new car back down out of the mountains toward home. With each thousand feet of elevation […]

DeKalb County Farm Stroll, July 19

Heatherhope Farm will be one of a dozen farms welcoming the public as part of the very first DeKalb County Farm Stroll, sponsored by the University of  Illinois Extension. The stroll is Sunday, July 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Border Collies will show how stock dogs help farmers at the DeKalb County […]

Epiphany at Heatherhope, January 5

You are invited to a very special evening—our annual Epiphany celebration at Heatherhope Farm. We will gather Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 4:30 to about 7:30 p.m.

After sandwiches in the house we gather for a bonfire and singing. Photo by John

At times the darker powers of this world seem to threaten to overwhelm […]

Big Crowds and Good Weather for Sheepdog Demo

Heatherhope Farm went to Kline Creek Farm on the weekend of April 20 and 21, 2013.

The Lord was good. A week earlier John was sick and the weather was atrocious. But John’s coughing was gone and his voice was back. Connie too was in good health. And the rain and wind stopped and the […]

Meet and Greet the Lambs, May 25

Come to Heatherhope Farm on Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and meet and greet our 2013 crop of 21 new lambs.

Watch them follow their mothers and enjoy their lamb frolics during which they gather like a happy little gang of teens, start prancing and pronking around and from time to time […]

Epiphany at Heatherhope Set for January 6, 2013

You are cordially invited to a winter tradition: Epiphany at Heatherhope.

Part of Epiphany celebraton at Heatherhope is a traditional burning of the greens. Photo by John

 

Come alone, with a friend, or with your whole family.

Festivities will be on Sunday, January 6 and run from 4:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. or so.

We will start […]

The Glories of Glum and Sheep Keepers New Year

            Lots of people complain when clouds and rains come. They think it dreary.  Not me—especially when we have endured the long, hot, dry summer of 2012. I complained when there was not a cloud in the sky for days and weeks on end and the grass stopped growing when spring rains didn’t materialize and […]

Post-Sheep-Handling Thoughts on Olympian Spirit

The great 19th century Danish-Lutheran philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, wrote scathingly of a certain bishop who was called a “faithful witness of the truth” at his funeral. Kierkegaard thought that faithful witnesses, or, what he would also call “knights of faith,” were people who suffered gravely for simply standing as individuals against the crowd–for standing up […]

Reflections: Transfiguration Sunday

Reflections on Transfiguration, Year C
2 Kings 2:1-12  “Elijah ascended into heaven in a whirlwind.”

 

                No one likes being caught in a storm.

                The severe tornadoes of last summer, including the one that devastated Joplin, Missouri, surely give us a case in point. If the storm that hit Joplin would have occurred just a few […]

Cap X Abbie Puppies All Placed

All of our Cap X Abbie pups have been placed, and we are thrilled that all of them will be sheepdogs.

One is going to a young woman who is experienced at dog training and agility competition, but will be brancing out into herding competitions. One will go to an open competitor and another to a […]