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: 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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The News From 2Dits Farm: Why I Do Not Make Fancy Cookies

[Note: This is a re-post from last year for your edification and amusement. Merry baking!] Don’t you just love those magazine covers? You know, the Christmas issues with the plates of gorgeously decorated sugar cookies that promise “simple, heart-felt gifts … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: A Wreath From Maine

The wooden rack outside the supermarket is hung with wreaths for sale, red ribbons flapping in the sea wind. “Now, that’s a gorgeous one,” I murmur, stopping to admire a pleasingly balanced composition of cedar, reindeer moss, spruce, and pine. … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Cycling the Alps. (Snort)

The scenery is magnificent as I pedal up the road leading through the mountains. Soft-eyed brown cows pause in their grazing to watch me ride by. The afternoon sun bathes the snow-capped summits ahead while a stream tumbles down its … Continue reading

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