Author Archives: valbjerke

About valbjerke

Farmer, Transmission Rebuilder, Self Sufficiency Nut. Like the old school way of doing things. "Fast is fine - accuracy is final" (quote by some way back famous gun-slinger - likely just before he got shot dead)


To start – with all the the misery and crap going on in the world at the moment, this would be considered small potato’s…I almost didn’t write it. But I’ve always written about the good, bad and the ugly so…. … Continue reading

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Round up…photo heavy

Just a general collection from the year…some good, some not so – but we collect ourselves up and try again in 2022 😊 Summer, fall…miscellaneous 😊 Love you all – wishing you a stellar 2022 😊

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First thing that came into my head – it’s been an eventful year. Busy. Always. Working harder, again. Watching it snow, think we’re probably ready for the big freeze, snowmageddon, whatever winter throws at us. Managed double the firewood we … Continue reading

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Heads up! Blatant self promotion….

Done. Finally! Please read the blurb….if it’s not your ‘type’ of book, then for the love of….take a pass 😂. If it is….it’s available on or (paperback and ebook). If you read it, please leave a review. ALL … Continue reading

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Still here…

Crazy – the difference between one year and the next…I kept putting writing a post off – didn’t want to talk about the ‘Covid’, and conversely – didn’t want to ignore the struggles some are going through by sounding all … Continue reading

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Time time time…..

Never enough of it I’m thinking…..this is a long long read….. Stretching the mozzarella……. My last post – I promised to do a series related to farming/livestock/ etc, using questions I get asked often. I tried. I have a long … Continue reading

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Longevity (or ducking flying bread dough)

Well, I needed an attention grabbing headline 🙂 I might have been eight….maybe nine, when my mom taught me how to make bread.  I don’t really think she thought it something I needed to know how to do – rather, … Continue reading

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Un-quiet but fine.

It’s been a hectic year so far….we just spent our Thanksgiving long weekend tackling the last of the big outside projects – winter can hit anytime now. The last of the small wood is tucked under the porch – this … Continue reading

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Bees 🐝 bees 🐝 bees 🐝

I’ve wanted to get into beekeeping for years – in fact bought a book on beekeeping many years ago, read it – and promptly realized there weren’t enough hours in a day to work at work, work on the farm, … Continue reading

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In Charge

I’ve a piano in my house. (I may have mentioned this previously) Heintzman & Co. Built in 1928. For the last fifteen years it lived in my moms house, prior to that it spent its entire life in my grandmothers living … Continue reading

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