Snippets ~ Autumn In The Air Edition

☆ August 28, 2019

It’s been four months since I’ve been here. It feels like it’s been four weeks and also four years, somehow simultaneously. Such is the warped parallel universe of Writing A Book. Reality is just different there. I have so much to share about what I’ve been doing and learning but now is not the time. I must give all my words to The Book.

I do have book to recommend – a GREAT book, phenomenal, really: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh. Her writing is gorgeous and it’s a book that deserves to be read by everyone.

If you’re driving distance from Boone, NC, the High Country Food Hub is having an all-day “fill your freezer” sale on August 30 (Friday!) with a number of local ranchers who prioritize sustainable and humane practices. It sounds like a really incredible day! If you go, I want to hear about it. Details HERE.

I have not updated the shop as planned. It will happen….. sometime…… this fall.

The 2020 Charlie Calendar is coming! October. Announcements will go out here and on Charlie’s blog and the email lists and Instagram and Twitter when it’s ready for you.

Pictured: Fiona, having a quiet moment alone, away from the herd and her babies. She has a beautiful calf and she adopted an orphan calf again, too, like she did last year with 3M.

Daisy is doing great and getting fat and getting her way, always, as usual, with everything. All the Farmily is well. Hope you out there are, too.



16 Responses to “Snippets ~ Autumn In The Air Edition”

  1. Patr
    August 28th, 2019 @ 10:16 am

    Good to see you pop in. Doing well here. Up to 5 (yes 5!) dogs now. 3 beagles, 1 dachshund and the queen Yorkshire terrier. Stevie Licks the dachshund mix is a hoot and is the newest. (Name was Stevie Nicks but we had to change it due to her personality trait…. of … you can guess… LICKING everyone & thing)

  2. Susan Brandt
    August 28th, 2019 @ 11:09 am

    Good to hear from you. Have wondered how the farmily was doing. Sending cosmic hugs to you all.

  3. Julie Michaud
    August 28th, 2019 @ 1:31 pm

    So Happy to hear from you again! You mentioned the book Heartland – yes I have been reading it and I’ve really been enjoying it!

    I so love your photos of your cows ❤️

  4. Theresa Szpila
    August 28th, 2019 @ 3:37 pm

    So glad to hear from you and that all is well. Love the photo of Fiona. Loved Sarah Smarsh’s Heartland. Though I grew up in NYC, I found myself identifying with soooo much of her story!
    Sending hugs and blessings to you and all the Farmily!

  5. Deborah
    August 28th, 2019 @ 3:48 pm

    Shreve! So good to hear from you! I’m sorry we didn’t order SBB this year; we went in with good friends on their grandson’s local fair steer, but next year we plan on another small order of SBB. It’s the best, and we love supporting your efforts to use local butchers and your humanely-raised cattle. You’re amazing!

    Hope the rest of your book flows effortlessly, and you can count on our purchase when it’s ready.


  6. mlaiuppa
    August 28th, 2019 @ 7:02 pm

    I am so pleased to hear that Daisy is putting on weight. As long as it is healthy weight that is a really good thing.

    And the generous and motherly Fiona is lining up to take over as Matriarch of the herd.

    My Diana pawPrints is growing like a weed. 10 months and 83 lbs. She passed her AKC STAR puppy certification in July and will be going to her first NACSW nosework trial in October on her birthday. This Saturday I’m taking my parents to an adoption to see if they can find a new puppy. They had to say goodbye to their Candy in February.

  7. Dre
    August 29th, 2019 @ 4:05 am

    I’ve followed your blog over the years. There is a den of coyotes in my backyard. We try to keep our distance however they are walking up and down the street. Soon to be displaced as the farm behind us will be demolished and developed much like most of the Denver area. Its sad to see this amazing critters having to move. Thank you for Charlie and photos…

  8. Deb
    August 29th, 2019 @ 8:02 am

    How mature and beautiful Fiona is! Interesting to see individual differences and not just “herd dynamics”. Often I say that the individual we’re talking about may not have read the same manual about how they’re supposed to behave!

    Read another comment. What do those here think about coyote hazing? In urban and suburban areas it’s become a practice to use hazing to prevent complacency between coyote and human populations. Too often coyotes see dogs (small or large) as competition.

    Hope Rydan, who had done similar observational studies on Wild Horses, also did one about wild coyote behavior. I was fortunate enough to see her in my area for a talk about dealing with alternatives to hunting and poisoning. It’s sad she’s now passed away, but so grateful to see that this approach is in the process of being implemented in various municipalities in my area. It doesn’t work for them all, but it does help screen out the vast majority who aren’t interested in challenging humans for the territory.

    Interested in thoughts others have here. Especially since some in my area have a habit of feeding them. Other wildlife that are known to be fed regularly develop problem animals and it doesn’t usually end well, for people or the animal.

    Thought I might get a balanced approach to this topic here, unlike some who are adverse to the coyotes altogether.

    So grateful for a balanced and caring approach here that respects nature, life and the practicalities of living each day. Thanks for sharing what you do with us Shreve. It certainly inspires and enriches my life!

  9. Sheri Nugent
    August 29th, 2019 @ 9:04 am

    Wonderful to hear your voice again. I ordered Heartland… I read everything you tell me to because you’re always right.

    I’m so excited that you are working on your book so diligently! I cannot wait to read it.

    Much love to you and the family.

  10. Pat Bull
    August 29th, 2019 @ 11:20 am

    So glad to hear you are busy as usual and doing well. Looking forward to the fall/ winter season to accomplish some inside time. (Unfortunately, we are preparing for a major hurricane a little too soon.) Would live to go to the event in NC instead.
    Hard to believe Charlie is as old as he is and so much time has passed.
    Thank you for many enjoyable years so far. Looking forward to many more.

  11. Nova Lockhart
    August 30th, 2019 @ 3:42 pm

    It’s always a pleasure to hear from you, Shreve. Happy to learn that all is well with you all. Have always enjoyed your photos and words. As a previous commenter said, time has gone by so fast since Charlie came into your lives and, thankfully, mine. I fell hard for Charlie when I read “The Daily Coyote.” Looking forward to reading what you have been working so hard at. May Autumn be good to you and the WHOLE family. Stay safe.

  12. Karen
    August 31st, 2019 @ 1:40 pm

    Great to hear from you and get a little info about you and your farmily. Fiona? Utterly lovely (udderly? –moooaaaan-)

  13. Deanna
    September 1st, 2019 @ 9:59 am

    My God, that’s a beautiful picture. You captured those color contrasts perfectly.

  14. Lesley
    September 1st, 2019 @ 3:42 pm

    Lovely to see this update and the nourishing photograph. Wyoming is so gorgeous. I can feel the peace. All the best to you and the farmily and I look forward to more updates as you have time.

  15. Sandy G.
    September 1st, 2019 @ 5:11 pm

    Beautiful photo–the fabulous natural beauty of Mother Earth and one of her living creatures–the cow eating and surviving on the grass that the Earth provides!

  16. scotty
    September 10th, 2019 @ 4:52 am

    My city slicker friends laugh at me and then are appalled when I roll up alongside our local sheriff deputy’s cruiser and say howdy. Also, they don’t get it that when you live out in the sticks it is obligatory to wave when passing by. I advised them that it is unwise not to, since that is how they can tell if they’ve just passed a city slicker.

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