Life On Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel is a weekly column about the many aspects of life on a farm, including care of animals, working the land, and gardening. Recipes are shared for readers’ cooking enjoyment.

Life on Regal-Hill: June 10, 2009

George finally fixed it so we could display the American flag once again here at Regal-Hill for Memorial Day. Flag Day is this coming Sunday. It is one of a number of days when the flag should be displayed. For me however, I hope it is a nice day as it saddens me to see a soggy flag on display. I realize that sometimes it is hard to take it down or put it up easily, but I was taught in my growing up days that in bad weather the flag was taken down.

Life on Regal-Hill: May 27, 2009

Well we got another frost last week Tuesday at Regal-Hill. I am disgusted with myself that I didn’t cut the asparagus. I went to check it this morning and it had definitely been frozen. I knew it was there too and just didn’t remember to go out and cut it and bring it inside. Now I have to cut it and wait for it to grow again before serving it in any meals.

Life on Regal-Hill: May 20, 2009

Well, we got a rather hard frost here at Regal-Hill last week. George built a fire. It sure felt good until the sun came up and warmed things up. The wind didn’t blow either which helped speed up the warming process. It is amazing how so often when we get a frost that the sun will shine and gradually warm up the air so it doesn’t seem so bad if you have to be outside.

Life on Regal-Hill: May 13, 2009

We could use a good rain here at Regal-Hill. I really don’t want to start watering so soon.
Apparently there has been enough rain for the shadblows, sometimes called the shad tree, to appear. The shadblows are the pin cherry trees when they are in blossom.

Life on Regal-Hill: April 29, 2009

Most days are more like springtime here at Regal-Hill. Even some of the birds are thinking spring as we now have barn swallows residing in the barn. Yesterday it was cold, rainy or snowy and it was very windy, but two yellow-shafted flickers appeared in a nearby tree. (Of course we had to look in our bird book.) Today the sun is out, making it easier to work outside in the flowerbeds.