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    June 6, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 Happy June! Summer seems to have arrived early. My irises are all in full bloom, I just love their tangy scent. We had a lovely ceremony the morning of Memorial Day. I brought my umbrella but thankfully didn’t need it. There was a gathering of about 25 people. It was so nice to catch up with our neighbors in person. Congratulations to our grads! Much applause goes out to our …

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    May 27, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 There is nothing quite so wonderful as lilacs in full bloom, the scent that washes over you – riding your bike, driving your car with the windows open, or walking the dog. And happy June. June is National Rose Month. Mine are all budding out – and covered with highly camouflaged aphids. It must be time for that summer garden staple, the Ball jar of soapy water. Vote for school …

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    May 16, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 Such amazing sunny spring days we are having. The apple blossoms are popping, the sheep are gorging on grass and a robin sits in its nest just over my deck, keeping a steely eye on me as I knit and spin for the market. We have just learned the CDC has lifted the mask mandate for vaccinated people, what a relief! I am so looking forward to gathering and seeing the faces of …

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    May 8, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 Sun + rain = pasture! The sheep are very excited about the fresh grass. It’s time for our annual vet wellness visit and shots, including rabies all around. Don’t forget a Triple E (Eastern Equine Encephalitis!) vaccine for your equine friends. It’s not just ticks that carry nasty — and fatal — diseases, but we must be vigilant about the mosquitos too! All the rain we’ve been …

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    April 30, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 Whoa! I’m all for early spring, but not so much for early black flies! Greedy as the sheep are for the luscious new grass, they only eat for a few minutes before running back under the barn to hide. Even that is unusual — the sheep having grass to graze on in April. I hope the black flies leave as early as they came. And, Hallelujah! The CDC has relaxed outdoor mask-wearing …

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    April 25, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 Brrr! I had to get out my big coat to walk the dog today! It’s easy to forget that it’s still April and some years we’d have two feet of the white stuff still on the ground in April. But graduations will be upon us before we know it. If you know a soon-to-be graduate you’d like to congratulate and/or share future plans with the community please do let me know. It will be farm …

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    April 16, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 Oooh, we are going to get a little blast of winter, coming in as I write this. But that’s OK, because NOAA says that March 2021 was Maine’s fifth-driest March on record. March! That is usually the snowiest month. I heard that some counties in Massachusetts have already been designated as being in a drought. I sure hope this turns around. That said, I am enjoying my fabulous …

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    April 10, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 Such a delightful early spring! The crocus are bursting with purples and yellows, the daffodils are all up and budded, and a small hawk (Cooper’s?) is sitting in my bird feeder tree — I’m feeding the birds, and feeding birds to the birds? Although, those chickadees are pretty good at feinting and dodging the hawk. We are wrapping up the apple tree pruning, well before leafing …

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    April 3, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 Everybody gets a haircut! One of my biggest spring projects is shearing day. Our shearer, Emily Garnett, came to Jackson and sheared my sheep, Nancy Patrick’s sheep and Marty Moore’s sheep. All seven of my sheep have been relieved of their fleeces, which weigh anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds each. They also got a mani-pedi. We lucked out because the rain finished 24 hours before …

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    March 26, 2021

    Jackson news 722-3087 April showers – May flowers! No April Fools here, hubby and I just got our first vaccine jab up at the Cross Center. It all went very smoothly; we were told they are vaccinating up to 3,000 people a day there! Side effects to report, site soreness and a little fatigue. Fingers crossed the second dose is that easy. Town meeting Town meeting happened March 20 as planned. It was …

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