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October sunrise over Mount Baker from the hill at BriarCroft

BriarCroft Farm Blog
Emily Gibson

A blog chronicling farm and family life in Whatcom County, Washington

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Mt. Baker at Sunset

A Night in the Barn Aisle (January) In Search of Something to Doff (January) And Joy Will Find Her (January)
The Peaceable Kingdom (January) Straddling Two Rooms (January)  Putting Things Back Together (January) The Tree of Lights (January)
Another Manure Tale (January) We Have Big Trouble... (January) The Horse of Few Words (February)  A Speech About Compost (February)
Childrens' Hospital Rotation (February)  Borborygmus and Dust Bunnies (February) Home At Last (February)  Too Little Too Late (February)
Lenten Meditations 2010 (February, March, April)

Summer sunset right before a rainfall  July 2008 taken by Nate Gibson

Rearranging the Pile (January) The Walkabout (January) Encountering the Wardrobe (January) A Church Potluck of Comfort Food (January)
The Heroine of Barkley Sound (February) Barnstorm (February) Finding Her Way Home (February) Stolen Anthem (February) Pointing in the Right Direction (March)
Train to Kigoma (March) Gruntled (March)  Teenage Drama (March) Cast My Cares (May) Behind the Healing Curtain (June) Forgetting to Remove Our Shoes (July)
A Dove in Search of a Cage (July) Crimson Coda (July) A Berry Bonanza (August) The Solace of Slugs (August) Don't Wanna Hold Your Hand (September)
September Hayfield (September) I Will Not Wear Purple (September) Scalped (October)  Illuminated Grief (October) A Febrile Ceasefire (October)
An Unusual Job Interview (November)  Taking Off the Tuxedo (November) In Defiance of Winter (November) Beyond the Stained Glass (November)
Coming Full Circle (November) Drops of Sun (November) Moments from Messiah (December) Panning for Gold (December) Breaking Through the Ice (December)
Looking for an Explanation (December) Advent Meditations (December)

A Little Haflinger Character (January)  Cured of a Fatal Disease (January) Conflicting Roles (January) A Knock on the Door (January) Solastalgia (January)
A Disastrous Delivery (January) Grace Will Lead Him Home (February) After a Rainfall (March) Crippled  (April) 
Blurring the Boundaries (April) An Earth Day Lament (April)  Grounded Rainbow (April) Vigil (April) Earth's Deep Lap (May)
Peeper Beneath My Bedroom Window (May) Sleep Well (May) Solstice (June) Keep Your Fork (June) Exposed (June) Pea Picking (June)
Hung Out to Dry (June) The Pursuit of Happiness (July)  Declaration of Independence (July) Probing for Sweet Peas (July)
Abandon (July) Party Line (July) Up in Smoke (July) On the Edge (August) Summer Evening (August) A Mountain Called Her By Name (August)
Zucchini Chronicles(August)  Puzzling It Out (poem) (September) Autumn Unleashed (October) Clearing the Fog (October) Mom's Wings (December)
Getting a Handel (December)  Listening to the Lullaby (December)  Following the Cow Path (December) The First and the Last (December)
BriarCroft Christmas Eve 2008

Our hay barn at BriarCroft, built in the early 1900s from old growth timbers recycled from a nearby sawmill--drawing and watercolor by Dick Laninga

Rest Assured (January) Treading on Thin Ice (January) Bed Spreading (February) Caritas (March) Sing, Sing a Song (March)
No Playing Possum (April) Floating Downstream (April) The Farm Dream (June) Stacking the Hay (July) Sliding To Home (July)
Marian (August) Unfinished Business (August)  Wholly Weaned (September) Eat Local (September) A Journey Deferred (October)
As The Worm Turns (October) Hay Bale Pews (October) Becoming Sauce (October) Soaked in Holy Brine (October)  Outing Owls (October)
The Sunday School Express (October) Where Everybody Knows Your Name...(November) Waiting for the Morning (November)
Seven Ducks in a Muddy Pond (November) Finding Home (December) Facing East (December) ZuZu's Petals (December)
Christmas in the Trenches (December)  BriarCroft Christmas Eve (December)

1903 hay barn at BriarCroft

Ark Building (January) Planting the Palouse (January) Milky Way (January) Circle of Light (February) 
Steaming Inside the Pile (February) Already But Not Yet (March) The Fine Art of Doing Nothing Well (May)
Where's the Party? (July) Snapping Beans (September) I'll Fly Away (September) The Big Chill (November)
No Room (December) Christmas Eve (December)

Dogwood in ice storm and full April bloom
Waves and Drifts (January) Deep Freeze (January) Branching Out (February) Triangulation (March) 
Barnstorming (March) Cathedral (March) Marlee (April) Scents of Spring (April) May 19 (May) Out of the Routine (May) Rescue Mission (June) Shifting Sands (July) Reflections (July) Loosening the Ties (August) Filling Up the Tank (September) First Frost (September) Lighting the Fire (October) Preparing to Sleep (October) Solid Footing (November) Who needs a Gym Membership? (November) Caught Napping (November) Puzzling It Out (December) Sun Settling (December)
BriarCroft Christmas Eve (December)

Trillium in our woods and our treehouse in the 100 year old black walnut tree

Haflinger-eating Snowman (2004) Silver Thaw (2004) A Haflinger Lullaby (2004) Rubber Bucket Belly Bumper (2004) Mired in Mud (2004) Stumbling Upon Spring (2004) Raising Our Voices (2004)  Bearing Fruit (2004) On the Trail of Trillium (2004) Feast for the Eyes (2004) It's a Jungle Out There (2004) Understanding Fear (2004) Running on Empty (2004) Listening to the Vetch (2004) Wound Healing (2004) Learning to Let Go (2004)  A Life Eclipsed (2004) Mountain Lions in the Shadows (2004) Be Still (2004) A Case of the Drearies (2004) BriarCroft Christmas Eve (2004)

Haflinger mare born on our farm and one of her newborn foals

Tucking the Haflingers in at Night (2001) Martian Fever and Haflingers (2003) Scratching as a Form of Grace (2003) Watching the Ears (2003) Wanderlust in Haflingers (2003) Why We Must Do What We Do (2003) Lessons Learned in a Hayfield (2003) Ode to Haflinger Noses (2000) Blackberry Cobbler (2003) Putting on a New Coat (2003) Mending Fences (2003) Haflingers in the Mist (2003) Savoring the Sweetness (2003) There Must be a Pony in Here Somewhere...(2003) Haflinger and Fugue in D Minor (2003) Witness to Sunrise (2003) Tied Up in Knots (2003) Lighting the Way Home (2003) Thawing Out (2003) Silent Sentinel (2003) When Dreams Come True...(2003) Waiting in the Dark (2003) 'Tis the Season to be Grumbly (2003) Snow Day (2003) Tribute to Tango (2000) BriarCroft Christmas Eve (1999-2007)

Snowy Day at BriarCroft

Mt. Baker from our kitchen window

photo by Nate Gibson, snowstorm Dec.2008




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