Wednesday, May 12, 2010

true story

The paperback of Made From Scratch is out now, and the new cover shows me driving down the road with a car full of livestock. It's a cool illustration, but this photo from the recent move to the Jackson farm proves it's based on a true story. Actually. I've moved all my animals in the station wagon at some point (Save Gibson, who has only been here a week, and has only been in the truck). Puppy aside: all my sheep, my goat, ducks, chickens, geese, dogs, bees, and 17 jillion bags of compost and bedding plants have been farmed in the station wagon. It took me five years to pay it off. It's dented, stained, smells funny and looks a horror. It's a damn mess. I love it.

That's me at the wheel (forgive the hair) transporting my small flock from Vermont to New York. My friend Zach took the photo while we navigated through Shushan to Cambridge. It was a fairly calm ride, and as you can see, Sal and Maude are showing us their better halves as they stare out the back window. Luckily, no cops stopped us. I'm not sure where the law stands when it comes to sheep trafficking.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are my favorite types of pictures--the ones that truly capture the moments of our lives.

May 12, 2010 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Gene Lodgson recently posted about hauling farm animals at his blog The Contrary Farmer (

I'm curious- how to do you get the sheep, and specifically Maude whom I would guess would give you the most trouble, into the wagon?

May 12, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

How to get sheep into a station wagon.

1. back up Wagon as close as possible to gate

2. Fill back of Wagon with a grain bucket

3. Lift up curious sheep front feet into wagon

4. Lift sheep into back of wagon by the rump


May 12, 2010 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

"sheep trafficking" Har!

So...I'm imagining a swarming box of bees in place of the sheep. Hmmm.

May 12, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Patsy from Illinois said...

Oh man. That has to be the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Good thing there wasn't any pooping going on.

May 12, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

Just be careful. Spooked livestock, with no barrier between the driver and you, can result in disaster....

May 12, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

Completely awesome. Seeing you haul sheep in your car confirms that I can do this someday. I have a huge truck!

May 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Kaat said...

What a great post! Congrats on the paperback!

May 12, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Karen Sue said...

Did they wear their SHEEP BELTS??

May 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

That is great! I bet you made a lot of people smile as you drove around. I would have loved for the kids to see it! Congrats on your new farm, it looks wonderful!

May 12, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I waited for the paperback version solely for that cover...I love it!

May 12, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

HA. At our house, it's called the Butt in Face Phenomenon. Whenever I'm trying to do something really important (work on the computer, practice the harp, watch The Tudors), my cats have to come by and stick their butts in my face. You know, just to remind me who's boss!

Adorable photo.

May 12, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

Jenna we have a very similar Subaru :-) The leather seats and general washability of the Subaru save our people mover - the Mazda MPV from being used even though technically it has more room.

My partner Papa Pan says that when they advertised the Subaru with a pack of huskies in it it was bound to end up being used for livestock transport.

We have too large a family to do a pickup, one of my summer projects is to make a livestock transport cage for our utility trailer.

May 12, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When my kids were small there was a book we used to read that comes to mind as I look at your picture:
"Sheep in a jeep on a hill that's steep!"

May 12, 2010 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Velma Bolyard said...

well, i've only once picked up a hitch hiker. in the back seat of my mustang was raisin, my lovely black ewe. coming home from breeding. i figured i was safe. (i could fit two adult does and a ewe in the backseat of that car!)

May 12, 2010 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Received the new paperback for Mother's Day!

May 12, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

I love "TRUE STORIES', & the comings, & going on @ CAF are great
pick me ups regardless of when I read CAF posts!!!
Thanks, & simply keep on posting all the good things you post!!!
CHEERS with a health drink!!!

May 12, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

When I hauled the goats to the vet I loaded them in the back of the Subaru. They traveled really well!

But a lot of people drove by, laughing and waving. I did the same in return. One lady followed behind me for a while, trying to take pictures. :)

May 12, 2010 at 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your publisher sent me a copy of your book. I LOVED it! I wrote all about it here:

May 12, 2010 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My daughter, who raises llamas, has a similar picture, but llamas like to see where they're going.

May 12, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger panthercreekcottage said...

I don't think I have ever owned a car that my animals couldn't pee, poop or puke in. I don't tolerate accidents in the house though, so I do have a line. Farm and good hair days? Are there any? Sheep belts? @Karen Sue good one!!

May 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Carrie in Wisconsin said...

This is awesome! One of the many reasons why I want a Forester myself. On a side note, I love your hat in this picture. Handmade by you?

May 13, 2010 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Andria Crowjoy said...

Haha, you look about as smug as we felt the first time we hauled goats in our car. Love it!

May 14, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

damn straight I knit that scruffy hat.

May 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM  

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