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 ...
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 ...
Too Fat To Fly
In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki goes into the trials and triumphs of raising baby ducklings.
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.
Welcome back to Magnetic North, where the neon yellow marsh marigolds embellish every pond and puddle, of which there are many after a week of incessant showers. Ah, May! These naturally formed nosegays simply shout to be picked. And yet, doing so reminds me to leave well enough alone. Because the blossoms wilt no matter how fast I plunge them into a watery vase. Some things simply won’t thrive in captivity.
A cautionary tale- totally wasted on this gatherer, I might add. Even though I learned about sustainable gathering as a Girl Scout. The one lesson on that score I absorbed, the hard way is that if I greedily snap off EVERY asparagus spear in the bed, there is nothing left to go to seed. Ergo, no tasty stalks next year. And still, that urge to best Mother Nature at her own game burns within. I’d settle for a draw. Just once.
Big Mama, it seems, cares not a whit about my pathetic...
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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 edition of Magnetic North, Vicki shares her views on an un-welcome visitor on the homestead: the groundhog.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.