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November 30, 2022 Farm Report

photo of fernando's grave by the ginko tree at the bottom of our driveway

This week has been tough. We spent this week winterizing the farmhouse, finishing up loose ends in the barn, and getting ready for the holidays. 

I hosted a lovely dinner for Thanksgiving with local friends and Jason spent time with his family. We all have so much to be thankful for this year. 

Bringing life into the world is a huge responsibility and we can’t escape death – even at our farm in an idyllic setting here in Door County. We lost a Pita Pinta this week and a couple of Indio Gigantes – including our beloved Fernando. We’re not sure what happened but I wonder if he didn’t like living in the barn after being free to roam around the farm his whole life.

Jesse the farmhand was with him during his last hours full of warmth and love. I then dug his grave and held a funeral for him — only me in attendance. I was thankful that the previous snow thawed and it was a beautiful day.

I gave a short eulogy of gratitude after decorating his grave. Then played a few songs and sang while I cried and laid my hand on the mulch.

The funeral setlist included:

We honor those we have lost by continuing to celebrate with those we love. As a widow for the last 6.5 years, I know that all too well. 

I did a bit of decorating for Christmas including a Charlie Brown Christmas tree at the farm entrance. 

Are you decorating your chicken coops this year?

4 thoughts on “November 30, 2022 Farm Report”

  1. Rest peacefully and fly high Sweet Fernando and Pita Pinta 😢❤️
    I am missing Bubba and Affie, who were my wheelchair bound ducks. Christmas will not be the same without them. Hugs to you ❤️

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