Glenn Hinckley, our closest neighbor has been farming for 50 years. We ran into Glenn as he was harvesting his corn for his pigs and we were moving our cows a few days ago. Glenn has lived in on his family farm all of his life and he has a lot of great stories. I always try to squeeze a few out of him from time to time. He talked about the number of bear eating his corn this fall and somehow we moved onto the story of a local pet fox. Glenn said some friends used to have a pet fox. They kept him tied up on a dog run line in their yard. They thought they kept the fox contained and away from their backyard chickens. But then one day they realized some chickens were missing.It occurred to them it could be the fox. So, they watched him closely. Turned out that after they put his food down, he would pick it up and carry it over to the furthest edge of his (dog) run. Curious as they are, the chickens wandered over to nibble on the dog food. As they nibbled the fox caught them and ate them! “That’s nature”, Glenn exclaimed. I couldn’t help but think of Joel’s comment in one of his books, “everything is eating everything.” Now why anyone would tie up a fox is another story, but we live in the country and nothing surprises us. I have great appreciation for Glenn and the stories he has lived. He’s an elder in this community. Chatting with him always seems to uplift our spirits!
The days are numbered for the cows to leave. Soon they will load up and head home to Polyface for the winter. Where did the time go? Things are moving so fast. Michael and I will miss their company but we also plan to take advantage of the our free time! With some quality time off we get to explore beautiful Virginia some more, catch up on house cleaning and continue reading great books, and so much more. I really like the ebb and flow of the farming season.
With that said! We’re moving into the season that brings exquisite sunrises. The geese will return to our pond and the morning will stir with superb colors. Something to look forward to this winter! As fast as things are moving spring is just around the corner!!!!
- Neighbors Corn Field