Peace at Heart: An Oregon Country Life

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Many dream of leaving the city for a new life in the country. Few follow that dream. In the late 1980's, Barbara Drake and her husband sold their home in Portland and moved to a farm in western Oregon's Yamhill Valley. Home was now a modest white house, an old red barn, and a small vineyard. In Peace at Heart, Barbara Drake reflects on ten years of country living.

Weather, seasons, plants, and especially animals figure prominently in these stories. The constant company of ...

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Softcover 192 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. MEMOIRS. Many dream of leaving the city for a new life in the country. Few follow that dream. In 1987, Barbara Drake and her ... husband sold their home in Portland and moved to a farm in western Oregon's Yamhill Valley. Home was now a modest white house, an old red barn, and a small vineyard. In Peace at Heart, Barbara Drake reflects on ten years of country living and on the happiness that this rural landscape has brought her. Weather, seasons, plants, and especially animals figure prominently in these stories. The constant company of animals-domestic and wild-on the farm inspires what Drake calls "the sacramental character of country life." In essays on birthing lambs, keeping bees, raising geese, and making wine, Drake combines gentle humor, practical advice, and deep respect for the work and the land. This rich gathering of observations and meditations-on everything from border collies and Oregon mud to picking wild apples-captures the ordinary joys and e Read more Show Less

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Many dream of leaving the city for a new life in the country. Few follow that dream. In the late 1980's, Barbara Drake and her husband sold their home in Portland and moved to a farm in western Oregon's Yamhill Valley. Home was now a modest white house, an old red barn, and a small vineyard. In Peace at Heart, Barbara Drake reflects on ten years of country living.

Weather, seasons, plants, and especially animals figure prominently in these stories. The constant company of animals--domestic and wild--on the farm inspires what Drake calls "the sacramental character of country life." In essays on birthing lambs, keeping bees, raising geese, and making wine, Drake combines gentle humor, practical advice, and deep respect for the work and the land. This rich gathering of observations and meditations--on everything from border collies to Oregon mud--captures the ordinary joys and everyday blessings of country life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780870714559
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Lamb 1
Scalpina 6
Hiving the Swarm 11
Fancy's Lamb 15
Neighbors 25
Wild Apples 32
The Ram 38
Eating Meat 41
The Gopher and the Gopher Snake 47
Drit 52
The Goose Chronicles 56
Horse 72
Water 75
Going to the Source 90
Equinox 95
Wine 104
Mud 118
The Fat-Tail Sheep 122
Blanket 127
How Smart are Sheep? 138
Paws 145
Deer Creek Wet Prairie 154
Peace at Heart 162
References 174
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