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Glittering Snow Video, Frozen Water Pipes & a Bit of Melville

For your viewing pleasure, the finest flakes lay down to bed one January morning. Just before they land a sauntering winter sun catches hold of them, and thus the glitter. Meanwhile the usual crows are in the trees and the fire is crack-a-lacking. It is 1.4 °F out there, and though I don’t want to [...]

Video Series: Building the Straw Bale Cottage

Wow, I miss the days when we still had time to make mini-films about what we were up to.  Maybe soon we will acquire a media intern to help us get back on that train! For now, check out this series from when we had a kickin’ camera, and some time. It’s all about the [...]

Hardiness of Juncos and Cabbages

Now that I have my mornings free, I like to drink coffee early on and then wander around outside birdwatching, observing the seasons change, and last-minute gardening. It’s not the season to get excited about these particular activities, but hey, what more is there to life in pre-winter Upstate, NY than marveling at the hardiness [...]

Years Ago (a new segment): The First Video of the Dacha Project!!

Hey Kids, as I prepare something called a portfolio for art shul, I keep coming across old treasures (completely unfit for art shul portfolio of course), and here is one I’d like to share with all y’all dedicated to reading our blog (we love you a lot btw). Watch this video of heartfelt laughter + [...]

Sponsor a Fruit or Nut Tree and Reap the Harvest

Dear Friends, Family and Patrons of the The Dacha Project’s Blog, It is hard to believe that spring is right around the corner, especially when it is five degrees outside as we’re writing this. Still, experience tells us that grasses will bloom and the birds will come home, and that not all is lost to [...]

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