Country Bragging Rights

Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Sept. 2012) The Fairs, both state and county, were planned to follow harvest when Late autumn haze was on the hills…. -Down On The Farm

Peter Glazebrook lives in Harrogate, England. For over 30 years Peter has enjoyed gardening in a very big […]

Correcting The Record: The Sullivans and Bixbys

 

Pictured are the Sullivan brothers who died during World War II.

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Jan. 2012) The hand -written letter expressing the writer’s sincerest condolences at the death of her five sons”…who have died gloriously on the field of battle” was sent from […]

A Christmas Rose

 

Illustration by Hobie Morris.

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Dec. 2011) Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. – Dale Evans Rogers

Is the following Christmas story about a single red rose true? You’ll have to decide […]

Madison County’s Famously Unknown Music Man

 

Musings of a Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Sept. 2011) “Android: Possessing human features.”

Part of a recent telephone conversation: “Why I’ve never heard of it!”

“And you believe it was made in Brookfield?”

“It couldn’t possibly have been. Nobody in that area had the expertise to […]

Dreams and Wings

 

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Aug. 2011) This simple country man is a dreamer in both the real and his subconscious mysterious world. My nocturnal dreams are often so exciting, and exhausting, that I can later vividly recall their specifics in unusual clarity. The origins […]

Pitchforks and Loose Hay, part four

 

Musings of a Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Aug. 2011) Soon the hayrack looked like a large rising loaf of homemade bread on four wheels. It was time to head to the barn and unload.

After sticking our pitchforks into the side of the moving load we scampered as […]

Pitchforks and Loose Hay, part three

 

Musings of a Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Aug. 2011) On our farm were four primary meadows that we yearly hayed—totaling barely 20 acres. A tiny area compared to other far bigger farms and a few hour job -with today’s machinery that can do several processes in one pass.

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Pitchforks and Loose Hay, part two

 

Pictured in the empty hay wagon are Bobbie, Dad, Ted, Hobie (that’s me) and “Fergie.”

Musings of a Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

Also during these early years my Father began raising a flock of sheep that would eventually number over 80 head.

In 1933 my Father married my Mother, Dorothy Hughes. […]

Pitchforks and Loose Hay, part one

 

Musings of a Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield NY – July 2011) “What this country needs, among a few other things, is a return to the days when haying was a personal affair. A pair of big, friendly horses, a hay rake that a boy operated with his foot… made a […]

Azor Owens: Proud Farmer

 

Musings of a Simple Country Man

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY) Azor Owens, a highly valued friend and close neighbor, has recently joined now long-forgotten farming generations who once toiled in these often difficult and unforgiving Brookfield hills.

I always considered this unique and remarkable man metaphorically. I compared him to a forest giant […]

Musings of a Simple Country Man: The ‘Abraham Lincoln’ Tree

By Hobie Morris

(Brookfield, NY – Jan. 2011) It was a hard maple giant, standing well over 100 feet, its thick upper limbs spreading far and wide. Almost like a protective canopy over the smaller hardwood trees and ground, it nurtured them like a mother hen over her brood of chicks.

Each spring, I religiously […]