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: April 22, 2009

Plans are being made here at Regal-Hill to grow more wheat this year. It was grown last year as an experiment and since it was somewhat of a success, there are plans to grow more wheat this year. Presently the wheat grown will be ready to use as soon as it is ground. It has already been thrashed, washed and dried.
We are all familiar with whole wheat flour, white flour, bleached flour, unbleached flour, cake flour and bread flour.

Life on Regal-Hill: April 8, 2009

This Sunday is Easter. It is one of my favorite holidays. I guess that is because it includes personal redemption that I can always use as well as getting together with family and friends besides preparing a special meal. However, it just isn’t so hectic compared to Christmas since there isn’t the decorating, gift-giving, sending of cards and such associated with Easter.

Life on Regal-Hill: April 1, 2009

Now that it is spring here at Regal-Hill I had hoped the weather would stay warm, but so far this week it has been too cold during the day for the sap to run very much. Even though most of those here working at sapping needed a break, they were disappointed the sap wasn’t running more. The next few days should be warmer, so the sap should be running better again.

Life on Regal-Hill: March 25, 2009

It has been very spring-like here at Regal-Hill this week. It was supposed to rain tomorrow, but as it turned out we got snow. It snowed until everything was all white, then it stopped and in no time at all most of it had melted. It was what we call a sap snow. Sap snow is very wet and, thankfully, it comes and goes quickly. However, I am sure it will get colder and be back to more winter-like weather with colder temperatures and snowstorms.

Life on Regal-Hill: March 11, 2009

With St. Patrick’s Day almost here, there are only a few more days and spring will be here as well. Spring is supposed to begin on March 20 according to the calendar. Let’s hope it will really be a glorious spring day. When I say glorious I mean at least 50 degrees, sunny and still, with no ice or snow around as far as the eye can see, except maybe on the distant mountains. Of course there will be mud, but I promise I won’t complain if the mud tracks inside.