Friday, November 29, 2013

Skiing On Thanksgiving at The Farm

Anna here (Jim and Helen's daughter). This is the first Thanksgiving that I can remember cross country skiing at Palmquist Farm. It's unbelievabley beautiful here. We're all so thankful for each other, our amazing guests, and this beautiful farm. Snow! Snow! Snow!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sing Along

Jim and Harold, a long time grouse hunter guest of ours, enjoyed singing old college songs together!  Harold also entertained us with many folk songs we all enjoyed!

So happy that John David and Budge Hunter from Virginia shot their first grouse while staying at Palmquist Farm!  They were joined by their father, Mike and their Uncle Bill and spent 3 days hunting at The Farm this October.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Winter Snow Predictions from Jim: Wasp Nests and Wooly Bears

At a certain age, we come to realize that some predictions are always true, some predictions are sometimes true and some predictions are never true. There are two and only two snow forecast predictions that can be relied on with certainty.   

The first has to do with the height of the wasp nest. If the wasps build a nest high up in the tree, it indicates there will be substantial snowfall.  Please look carefully at the photo of the wasp nest near Helen’s and my log house. It is approximately 12 feet above the ground.

A second reliable and always accurate predictor of coming winter weather are the markings on the wooly bear caterpillar. The wooly bear is a fuzzy caterpillar about an inch in length. He is mostly dark colored with a light band on his center.  If the middle band is wide, a mild winter is predicted. This fall, I’ve noted that the center band of the wooly bear is narrow, which forecasts a snowy winter.

I believe this says it all.

This information is confirmed by two long time reputable scientific publications: The Farmer’s Almanac and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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