Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill: May 27, 2009

Well we got another frost last week Tuesday at Regal-Hill. I am disgusted with myself that I didn’t cut the asparagus. I went to check it this morning and it had definitely been frozen. I knew it was there too and just didn’t remember to go out and cut it and bring it inside. Now I have to cut it and wait for it to grow again before serving it in any meals.


Life on Regal-Hill: May 20, 2009

Well, we got a rather hard frost here at Regal-Hill last week. George built a fire. It sure felt good until the sun came up and warmed things up. The wind didn’t blow either which helped speed up the warming process. It is amazing how so often when we get a frost that the sun will shine and gradually warm up the air so it doesn’t seem so bad if you have to be outside.


Life on Regal-Hill: May 13, 2009

We could use a good rain here at Regal-Hill. I really don’t want to start watering so soon.
Apparently there has been enough rain for the shadblows, sometimes called the shad tree, to appear. The shadblows are the pin cherry trees when they are in blossom.


Life on Regal-Hill: April 29, 2009

Most days are more like springtime here at Regal-Hill. Even some of the birds are thinking spring as we now have barn swallows residing in the barn. Yesterday it was cold, rainy or snowy and it was very windy, but two yellow-shafted flickers appeared in a nearby tree. (Of course we had to look in our bird book.) Today the sun is out, making it easier to work outside in the flowerbeds.


Life on Regal-Hill: April 22, 2009

Plans are being made here at Regal-Hill to grow more wheat this year. It was grown last year as an experiment and since it was somewhat of a success, there are plans to grow more wheat this year. Presently the wheat grown will be ready to use as soon as it is ground. It has already been thrashed, washed and dried.
We are all familiar with whole wheat flour, white flour, bleached flour, unbleached flour, cake flour and bread flour.


Life on Regal-Hill: April 8, 2009

This Sunday is Easter. It is one of my favorite holidays. I guess that is because it includes personal redemption that I can always use as well as getting together with family and friends besides preparing a special meal. However, it just isn’t so hectic compared to Christmas since there isn’t the decorating, gift-giving, sending of cards and such associated with Easter.


Life on Regal-Hill: April 1, 2009

Now that it is spring here at Regal-Hill I had hoped the weather would stay warm, but so far this week it has been too cold during the day for the sap to run very much. Even though most of those here working at sapping needed a break, they were disappointed the sap wasn’t running more. The next few days should be warmer, so the sap should be running better again.


Life on Regal-Hill: March 25, 2009

It has been very spring-like here at Regal-Hill this week. It was supposed to rain tomorrow, but as it turned out we got snow. It snowed until everything was all white, then it stopped and in no time at all most of it had melted. It was what we call a sap snow. Sap snow is very wet and, thankfully, it comes and goes quickly. However, I am sure it will get colder and be back to more winter-like weather with colder temperatures and snowstorms.


Life on Regal-Hill: March 11, 2009

With St. Patrick’s Day almost here, there are only a few more days and spring will be here as well. Spring is supposed to begin on March 20 according to the calendar. Let’s hope it will really be a glorious spring day. When I say glorious I mean at least 50 degrees, sunny and still, with no ice or snow around as far as the eye can see, except maybe on the distant mountains. Of course there will be mud, but I promise I won’t complain if the mud tracks inside.


Life on Regal-Hill: March 4, 2009

One thing we have been doing here at Regal-Hill is planning our gardening for this year and ordering seeds. I may over plan and dream too much but it sure is fun to do when the wind is blowing, the temperature is 20 degrees or less and the wind chill is minus one, even if the sun is shining.


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