Author Archives: Sheila Gilluly

About Sheila Gilluly

Sheila Gilluly is the author of THE BOY FROM THE BURREN, THE GIANT OF INISHKERRY, AND THE EMPEROR OF EARTH-ABOVE. She runs a 24-7 diner for squirrels, raccoons, deer and other patrons.

The News From 2Dits Farm: Heirloom Roses

Damask roe

I met a group of friends for dinner recently, during which some contraband changed hands. “I’ve brought the items I emailed you about,” the true gardener among us said to me. “They’re out in the car. The newspaper’s damp–they’ll be … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: When Old Friends Come Calling

At just past 4 a.m., my gray friend starts whistling outside the bedroom window. Gracie hears him and raises her head, then looks at me. “Pavarotti’s singing for us. Isn’t it pretty?” I say drowsily. My cat, no connoisseur of … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Drip, Drip

I wish it would stop raining. I have to put in the drip irrigation. I am not unaware of the irony, believe me. Unfortunately, climate change (yeah, the one that isn’t happening) is creating conditions in my mid-coast Maine garden … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: When Good Washing Machines Go Bad

It’s a dangerous business, going through your cellar door. You never know what might need fixing. Case in point: last week, after a few days of beautiful weather which finally allowed me to get into the garden and start the … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Microgreens

The robins are hopping around the back yard, scratching at dead grass and shrinking patches of snow. There are some signs of things emerging from winter’s icy grip–the crocuses have popped up in the last couple of days, and the … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Nap Time

I set the stove timer for twenty minutes, which is much easier than fussing with the alarm clock. By the time I’ve taken five steps toward the great room, Gracie–who has been fast asleep all morning on one of the … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: The Boiling Moon

The Moon of Boiling or the Sugar Moon, the time in March when the Native Americans made maple sugar, has come early this year. After a warmer, drier January than usual, we got as much snow in one week earlier … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: In Praise of Chickadees

The tube feeder is glazed with last night’s sleet and freezing rain, a thick coating of ice that molds like shrink-wrap to the bird buffet just outside my kitchen window. The sunflower seeds are encased, as is the suet cake … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Mouse Wars

It’s an unmistakeable smell, one of those olfactory sensations felt nearly as much in the back of the throat as in the nostrils, and when it hits while I am dusting out in the great room, I initiate the protocol … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: The Reaper and the Bambino

OK, 2016, there’s the door. Don’t let it whack you in the fanny on the way out, you miserable sod. Rarely have I felt so much dark energy as these past twelve months have brought, and I gather from Facebook … Continue reading

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