Also in the Magnetic North series
Winter Seed Preparation
WTIP North Shore Community Radio commentator Vicki Biggs-Anderson talks about the beauty of harvesting seeds and other preparations at the onset of winter.
Bird brains and other family members
This past winter, while most folks in the country were poring over seed catalogs, Vicki was busy taking a care of a problem on her homestead. A duck problem, to be exact. In ...
Wooly Bears and Laying in the Winter Reading
This year’s winter is gearing up to be a fierce one. But Vicki is ready. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki describes predicting the severity of winter and how she’s ...
The Rest of My Life
In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki reflects on her hobby of rock-picking on the beach near her house in northeastern Minnesota. While searching for pebbles, she thinks ...
Playing With Fire
Winter air infused with maple or birch smoke is one of the joys of living up north year ‘round. The scent of smoke in the chilly air also signals that all is well. It says ...
Old Memories And New Beginnings
For Vicki, the blustery winds of winter on the North Shore stir old memories of getting the farm ready for winter and the holidays with her husband Paul. When he was ...
Flutterbys Are Us
For some reason, the population of Monarch and Swallowtails is way, way up this season. With the first blossoming of dandelions on Vicki’s backyard lawn, the burnt orange ...
On her homestead, Vicki has a lot of critters, and some of them are more welcome than others. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki shares her views on one particularly ...
Humbled By Nature And Joy
Even in the relentless heat of midsummer, Vicki finds beauty and joy in the surrounding nature. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki marvels at the warmth, colors and ...
Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, Vicki shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm.
Winter was hungrier than usual this year. Our well-stocked woodshed is nearly bare. So too the hay storage garage. And the last bales are so dry and yucky that even the goats turn up their noses at it. It’s not that I can’t get hay and wood this time of year. But, it comes dear. In my March madness, I wonder if it wouldn’t be cheaper just to chop up and burn the furniture. The goats would love upholstery. Oh, dear. The wheels, they are surely comin’ off. ‘Tis the case every year when - regardless of the amount of snow or cold endured - I look out the window and hear a voice whispering, “I’m not going to make it!” And the voice, of course, is mine,
And still, have not been so battered in mind or spirit to contemplate doing something drastic, like moving someplace crawling with kudzu or cactus.
However, one of my white Chinese geese tried to hang herself yesterday. She failed, but j...
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Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, Vicki shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm. In this commentary, Vicki vets her injured goose, plucks cashmere from her goats, and reflects on the changing landscape of her farm.OUTRO:
That was Magnetic North from WTIP North Shore Community Radio, online at wtip.org. Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.