Dave’s pictures of life at Peeper Pond Farm and our adventures in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia…

What’s so funny about sleeping in the bathroom sink? – 12/2/18

Icy Peeper Pond Reflections – 11/29/18

Our Frozen Peeper Pond – 11/29/18

Natural Bridge, VA – 11/23/18

Emily Stevenson Engraving at Natural Bridge – 11/23/18

GW Initials (in box) at Natural Bridge – 11/23/18

Cascade Creek Waterfalls above Natural Bridge – 11/23/18

Fresh Morning Snow Cover – 11/16/18

November 15, 2018 Snowstorm

Rigatoni Sauce Simmering On our Wood-Cook Stove – 11/15/18

Calli’s Answer To A Snowy Day – 11/15/18

Bronze Glow of Cave Mountain at Sunrise – 11/7/18

Wheat Grinding Mill – Front View – 10/20/18

Mill Connected to Tractor Flywheel – 10/20/18

 

 

Freshly Ground Wheat – 10/20/18

Impromptu Bluegrass Sign-along – 10/20/18

Pilot Mountain, NC from I-74 – 10/17/18

If I can just clear the fence, I’ll get it! – 10/3/18

Emerging From the Fog – 9/28/18

Late Season Hummingbird – 9/28/18

A Misty Morning – 9/12/18

Dew Drops on the Grass – 9/12/18

Middle Mountain Sunrise – 9/6/18

Our lone PPF yearling doe – 8/10/18

The doe slowly approaches Calli – 8/10/18

Calli and Doe standoff – 8/10/18

Calli corrals the doe – 8/10/18

Calli convincing the doe to leave – 8/10/18

Front View of Fanning Mill – 8/7/18

Rear View of Fanning Mill – 8/7/18

Jeff & Wayne Loading Fanning Mill – 8/7/18

Jeff Barger Winnowing Wheat – 8/7/18

A Bin of Freshly Winnowed Wheat – 8/7/18

Page County Shenandoah Eviction Monument in Stanley’s Ed Good Memorial Park – 8/6/18

Plaque on the Page County Shenandoah Eviction Monument – 8/6/18

Tri-County Fair Parade – 8/1/18

4-H/FFA Goat Showmanship – 8/1/18

The Main Exhibit Hall – 8/1/18

Sweepstakes award-winning Early Brite Tomatoes

Garden carrots ribbon

Banana peppers from our garden

Barb’s Hot Toddy table runner

Barb’s Carpenters Wheel Lap Quilt

Jim Boyd scraping caps from a honey super frame – 7/22/18

Dave scraping a honey super frame – 7/22/18

Honey cell caps & comb scraped from a frame – 7/22/18

Honey frames loaded into the extractor – 7/22/18

Screened honey and comb debris from the extractor – 7/22/18

A stem of wheat – 7/19/18

Wayne & Doug Flailing Wheat – 7/19/18

Dave Flailing Wheat – 7/19/18

Amanda’s 21st century flailing machine – 7/19/18

Flailed wheat husks & seeds – 7/19/18

Story of the Rocket Boys – 7/9/18

Downtown Welch, WV from the Route 52A overlook – 7/9/18

Homer Hickam’s house during the Rocket Boys era – 7/9/18

Coalwood Community Church from site of the former Community Club House – 7/9/18

Olga Mine Office with machine shops in rear and mine apartments at far right – 7/9/18

Olga Mine Machine Shops where many of Homer’s rockets were built – 7/9/18

The Mudhole Church with its round windows – 7/9/18

Calli meets the opossum that has been living in our garage – 7/8/18

Our Garden Is Producing – 7/7/18

Grant County Farmers Market – 7/7/18

Our Farmers Market Stand – 7/7/18

Our Farmers Market Stand – 7/7/18

Buyers at Grant County Farmers Market – 7/7/18

Dave and Jeff Sharpening a Cradle Blade Using a Whetstone – 7/5/18

Reaping Wheat With A Cradle – 7/5/18

Three Sheaves of Wheat – 7/5/18

A Shock of Wheat – 7/5/18

Shocks of Wheat with Amy and Amanda – 7/5/18

Couch Potato Calli hiding from a rainy day – 6/11/18

Contemplating Route 220 Flooding at Grant/Pendleton County Line – 6/3/18

Water Levels at South Mill Creek Lake are a little high today – 6/3/18

Route 220 Flooding at Grant/Pendleton County Line – 6/3/18

Stony Creek Washout in Brushy Run, WV – 6/3/18

Stony Creek Culvert Overflow in Upper Tract, WV – 6/3/18

Calli begging for a tummy rub – 5/26/18

Sunrise over Middle Mountain – 5/21/18

 

Douglas Falls near Thomas, WV – 4/12/18

Douglas Falls near Thomas, WV – 4/12/18

Douglas Falls near Thomas, WV – 4/12/18

Another lackluster snowfall – 3/13/18

Mommy, Mommy, please let me out; I have a meal to catch! – 3/13/18

Calli resting after surgery – 3/2/18

Essie’s newborn doe kid – 2/26/18

Essie tending to her newborn doe kid – 2/26/18

Essie and her newborn baby doe – 2/26/18

Essie and her newborn doe kid – 2/26/18

Torrents of Spring Runoff Flowing Over Blackwater Falls – 2/21/18

Remnants of Winter Ice Flows at Blackwater Falls – 2/21/18

A River Mist Rainbow at Blackwater Falls – 2/21/18

Raging Cascades at Elakala Falls – 2/21/18

McCormick Farm Workshop & Gristmill – 2/16/18

McCormick Farm Gristmill Hopper & Millstones – 2/16/18

McCormick Farm Monument – 2/16/18

Peeper Pond Farm Sunset – 1/9/19

Calli’s first nap at PPF – 12/6/17

Calli’s frst nap at PPF – 12/6/17

Calli playing with her puffy ball – 12/7/17

Calli playing with a squeeky mouse – 12/8/17

Calli finds a new toy – 12/9/17

Calli protecting Barb’s shoes – 12/9/17

The Landes Arts Center, Petersburg, WV – 12/1/17

The Petersburg Community Chorus – Barb is 2nd from the left in the 2nd row from the front – 12/1/17

Santa appears for ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – 12/1/17

Welton Park Christmas Lights – Petersburg, WV – 12/1/17

Sunset painted sky over Cave Mountain – 11/5/17

Our entranceway dressed up for Halloween – 10/13/17

Ears of corn harvested for corn meal – 10/9/17

Dave removing dried corn from the cobs – 10/9/17

A colander full of corn ready for milling – 10/9/17

Grinding corn meal – 10/9/17

Dave pressing out the cider into the bucket at the base of the fruit press – 10/8/17

Crushed apple pomace ready for final pressing – 10/8/17

Dave loading the crusher with cider apples – 10/8/17

Barb washing and preparing the apples for crushing – 10/8/17

Staymen, Rome, & Red Delicious apples we processed into fresh cider – 10/8/17

Fall foliage on Siple Mountain, 8 miles from our farm – 10/7/17

Fall foliage along North Fork Mountain – Pendleton County – 9/24/17

Fall colors – Highland Scenic Byway – Pocahontas County – 9/24/17

Fall colors – Highland Scenic Byway – Pocahontas County – 9/24/17

Asters & Black-Eyed Susans – Highland Scenic Byway – 9/24/17

Asters & Goldenrod – Highland Scenic Byway – 9/24/17

Yew Mountains – Highland Scenic Byway – 9/24/17

Allegheny Highlands – Highland Scenic Byway – 9/24/17

Devil’s Backbone – Pocahontas County – 9/24/17

Blackwater Falls – 9/21/17

Fall colors – Blackwater Falls – 9/21/17

Fall colors – Blackwater Falls Canyon – 9/21/17

Petersburg Farmers Market – 9/23/17

Our stand – Petersburg Farmers Market – 9/23/17

PPF squash & soap for sale – Petersburg Farmer’s Market – 9/23/17

PPF vegetables for sale – Petersburg Farmer’s Market – 9/23/17

Barb’s goat milk soap – Petersburg Farmers Market – 9/23/17

Some of the pumpkins harvested from our garden – 9/21/17

Wagon load of butternut squash harvested from our garden – 9/21/17

WV State Capitol – Charleston – 9/18/17

Treasure Mountain Festival – Franklin – 9/16/17

Downtown Franklin – 9/16/17

Oldest standing house in Franklin (Gen. Boggs House – built in 1820)

H. M. Calhoun Law Office (built in 1924 with stone from all parts of Pendleton County)

Pendleton County Courthouse – Franklin

McCoy House in Franklin (built in 1848)

Anderson House – Franklin (built in 1900)

View of Franklin from the Anderson House Porch – 9/16/17

Treasure Mountain Festival – Franklin – 9/16/17

Quilt Show – Treasure Mountain Festival – 9/16/17

Shagbark Hickory grove on our farm showing the characteristic bark – 8/28/17

A basket of hickory nuts collected at our farm – 8/28/17

Tools of the trade with the hulls and inner nut meat – 8/28/17

Brandywine Lake – George Washington National Forest – Pendleton County – 8/22/17

The beach at Brandywine Lake – 8/22/17

Picnic tables/barbecue stands at Brandywine Lake – 8/22/17

Fishing pier at Brandywine Lake – 8/22/18

A large roadside patch of Wingstem blooming at Brandywine Lake – 8/22/17

Joe Pye Weed lingering on the shore of Brandywine Lake – 8/22/17

Late summer wildflowers along Brandywine Lake – 8/22/17

Total Solar Eclipse – 8/21/17

Total Solar Eclipse – 8/21/17

The sun wanes as the eclipse begins – 8/21/17

Downtown Knoxville, TN’s Sunsphere from the 1982 World’s Fair

Crescent moon approaching eclipse at sunrise – 8/19/17

Fresh pickling cucumbers from our garden – 8/17/17

A rural “layover” road in WV – 8/16/17

The State Fair of West Virginia – 8/16/17

French Alpine goat judging at the State Fair – 8/16/17

Dairy goats waiting to be shown – 8/16/17

Dairy Cow barn at the State Fair – 8/16/17

Bathing horses at the State Fair – 8/16/17

Bengal Tiger Exhibit at the State Fair – 8/16/17

Dave & Essie reunited – 8/12/17

Whitetail Deer herd in our field – 8/12/17

Whitetail deer herd in our field – 8/12/17

Whitetail deer herd in our field – 8/12/17

Milking Cara for the final time – 8/5/17

Final picture of Essie – 8/5/17

Final picture of Emerald -8/5/17

Final picture of Lady – 8/5/17

Our empty goat barn – 8/5/17

Brown fox in our field – 8/4/17

Fox stalking it’s prey in our field – 8/4/17

Fox pouncing on prey in our field – 8/4/17

Family farms on Siple Mountain Road – Pendleton County – 8/2/17

Silver Lake Grist mill with millstone displayed on the left – Dayton, VA – 8/2/17

Silver Lake Grist Mill with overshot waterwheel – Dayton, VA – 8/2/17

Silver lake mill with overshot waterwheel – Dayton, VA – 8/2/17

Mennonite farm laundry drying on a clothesline – Dayton, VA – 8/2/17

Aging barns in Fort Seybert, WV – 8/2/17

Historic Barn in Upper Tract, WV. Note the “wind eyes” in the shadows near the peak of the roof line.

Homemade goat cheese aging in our cooler – Cheddar on top & Manchego on bottom

Proper stance to mow with a scythe

Mowing weeds with a scythe

2017 Tri-County Fair – Petersburg, WV – 8/1/17

2-man crosscutting competition – 8/1/17

Woodchopping competition – 8/1/17

Home & Garden Exhibits – 8/1/17

Market goats at the fair – 8/1/17

Four inches of rain in less than 20 hours – 7/29/17

Stormwater carving a channel through our garden – 7/29/17

Hummingbird truce during a major rainfall – 7/29/17

Our goats loafing away a rainy day – 7/29/17

Pumpkins growing in our garden – 7/28/17

Large pumpkin in our garden – 7/28/17

Large pumpkin in our garden – 7/28/17

Bye, Bye Billy – 7/19/17

Billy The Kid (center) arrives at Peeper Pond Farm – 5/2/17

Billie The Kid ready to leave – 7/19/17

Gertie – 7/18/17

Essie on her platform – 7/18/17

Lady enjoying her ill-gotten goods – 7/18/17

Lady caught in the act – 7/18/17

Goats loafing in the barn – 7/18/17

Stormy evening sky at Peeper Pond Farm – 7/14/17

The Peeper Pond Farm Garden -7/14/17

Canaan Valley Ski Area downhill trails.

Riding the chairlift down from the summit – 6/30/17.

View of Canaan Valley from Bald Knob – 6/30/17.

A ski chairlift at the top of Bald Knob- 6/30/17.

Southern view from the hang gliding launch on Bald Knob – 6/30/17.

Ninny’s catnap – 6/18/17

Window dreams – 6/18/17

Ninny with her fuzzy heart toy – 6/17/17

Bluestone Canyon Scenic River sign – 6/16/17

Pipestem State Park Tramway & Canyon Stats – 6/16/17

Bluestone River Canyon from the rim tramway station – 6/16/17

Bluestone River Canyon from the tramway 6/16/17

Canyon rock shelter & falls from the Pipestem tramway – 6/16/17

Pipestem tramway base station in the canyon – 6/16/17

North view up the Bluestone River from the base of the canyon – 6/16/17

Bluestone River visitors in the canyon – 6/16/17

View down the Bluestone River from the tramway – 6/16/17

Bluestone River Canyon from the tramway – 6/16/17

White-tailed buck in our field.

White-tailed buck in our field – 6/12/17

White-tailed buck in our field – 6/12/17

A wild rabbit eyes our vegetable garden.

Spruce Knob summit – 6/12/17

Flagged Red Spruce trees on Spruce Knob – 6/12/17

Spruce Knob observation tower – 6/12/17

Southeast view from Spruce Knob summit tower – 6/12/17

Northwest view from Spruce Knob summit tower – 6/12/17

South view from Spruce Knob summit trail – 6/12/17

South view from Spruce Knob summit trail – 6/12/17

Second growth Red Spruce forest on Spruce Knob – 6/12/17

Wild azaleas on Spruce Knob – 6/12/17

Cave Mountain’s shadow overtakes Brushy Run Hollow – 6/6/17

Evening sun on Lick Knob – 6/6/17

Is it supper time yet?

I might care if it was anyone else but you.

Please don’t disturb me any more than I already am.

Stacey Roderick baiting her hook along the South Branch River in Smoke Hole – 6/4/17

Stacey & Garett Roderick casting for trout in the South Branch River

Garett chasing trout into the South Branch River in Smoke Hole

Barb trout fishing in Smoke Hole

One of our favorite swimming spots in Smoke Hole in the shadow of High Knob on Cave Mountain

Garett Roderick casting for trout in Smoke Hole – 6/4/17

Jim Boyd capturing our swarm

Italian hive swarm – 6/4/17

Italian hive swarm – 6/4/17

Billy The Kid – 6/4/17

View across windswept Dolly Sods from Bear Rocks – 2017

Our son, Michael, contemplating the view from Bear Rocks – 2017

Bear Rocks view of Kline Gap – 2017

View of North Fork Gap from Bear Rocks – 2017

Rock cliffs at Bear Rocks – 2017

Flag Spruce at Bear Rocks – 2017

View from Bear Rocks looking east – 2017

New Creek Mountain from Bear Rocks – 2017

Harper’s Old Country Store – Seneca Rocks – 5/29/17

Seneca Rocks – 5/29/17

 

Seneca Rocks From the Sites Homestead – 5/29/17

Germany Valley From North Fork Mountain – 5/29/17

Germany Valley From North Fork Mountain – 5/29/17

Eagle Rocks in Smoke Hole Canyon – 5/29/17

Eagle Rocks in Smoke Hole Canyon – 5/29/17

Eagle Rocks With North Fork Mountain In the Background – 5/29/17

Our Dancing Lady arrives at PPF – 5/10/17

Emerald’s Billy The Kid at one month old. 5/10/17

Emerald’s Billy The Kid at one month old.

Emerald with her buck Billy The Kid – 5/2/17

Cara – 5/2/17

Emerald on arrival at PPF – 5/2/17

Cara on arrival at PPF – 5/2/17

Blackwater Falls State Park, WV – April 2017

Blackwater Falls (57 feet)

Elakala Falls in Blackwater Falls Canyon

View of Blackwater Falls Canyon from Lindy Point

Peeper Pond Farm Sunrise – April 18, 2017

Gertie & Essie sampling cedar tree bark from their new tree platform – 3/30/17

Red haven peach blossoms in our orchard – 3/30/17

Essie conquers the summit of the Peeper Pond Farm rock pile – 3/20/17

Gertie (left) & Essie (right) romping in the great outdoors for the first time – 3/20/17

Essie loves Barb – 3/20/17

Essie expresses her love for Dave – 3/20/17

Feeding time in the barn – 3/20/17

Our son, Michael, feeding Essie – 3/20/17

An orange and red sunrise at Peeper Pond Farm – 3/20/17

Three jets from Dulles blaze a red trail across a Peeper Pond Farm sunrise – 3/20/17

Dave Tilling the Garden – 3/25/17

Dave Tilling the Garden – 3/25/17

 

Full Moon Setting Over Cave Mountain 11/27/15

Full Moon Setting Over Cave Mountain 11/27/15

Rays of Sunrise at our farm - September 17, 2016

Rays of Sunrise at our farm – September 17, 2016

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Peeper Pond sunrise – November 26, 2015

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Brushy Run Hollow from our front porch

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Autumn glory on Spruce mountain – 10/2015

March 14, 2017 snowfall

March 14, 2017 Snowfall

March 14, 2017 Snowfall

March 14, 2017 Snowfall

March 14, 2017 Snowfall

Ninny’s Precarious Pillow Perch

Ninny up close & personal

Who, me?

Eagle’s Sugar Camp – Doe Hill, VA

Gertie (left) & Esmeralda (right) loaded for the trip home to Peeper Pond Farm (3/18/17)

Barb holding Esmeralda in her new barn (3/18/17)

Barb holding Gertie in her new barn (3/18/17)

Esmeralda (left wearing yellow collar) & Gertie (right with no collar) on one of their sleeping platforms (3/18/17)

Gertie begging for attention with Esmeralda nibbling on hay (3/18/17)

Gertie wants more attention (3/18/17)

Gertie (left) and Esmeralda (right) exploring their new barn (3/18/17)

Cara, who will be joining Peeper Pond Farm in mid-April 2017

Lick Knob from Peeper Pond Farm.