Magnetic North

Vicki with her angora rabbit, Peaches

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Vicki Biggs-Anderson
Vicki lives  on a 100-year-old homestead in Colvill that she and her late husband, Paul moved to from the Twin Cities 23 years ago.
She shares this special place with five cashmere and milk goats,  a dozen-plus laying hens, three talkative geese an assortment of wild and domestic ducks, six angora rabbits, a house cat , a yellow Lab and a rescue retriever/kangaroo and one very spoiled Bourbon Red turkey.
When not feeding, chasing or changing "sheets" for all of the above, Vicki writes, volunteers, knits, wanders the woods, balances rocks and, "when a fit of discipline strikes," dives into her decade of weekly columns for the old News-Herald in search of a book or screenplay or, more like, a sit-com.  Listen at your convenience by subscribing to a podcast.


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Tommy Turkey

Magnetic North: Christmas in May for us Birdbrains

Welcome back to Magnetic North, the destination for every migrating feathered beauty on earth - or so it seems to us birdbrains. By that I mean every bird lover, not just the watchers. 


A pink flower for breast cancer awareness, photo by Barbara Jean Johnson

Magnetic North: Vicki's experience with breast cancer

In 2006 Vicki was diagnosed with breast cancer. This October she passed a major mile stone for any survivor—five years cancer free.


 
"Even in a dry summer—and this has been anything but dry—these wildflowers come, coloring our world so brilliantly"

Magnetic North: Humbled by Nature and Joy

Ahhhhh, late summer, my favorite time of year, next to winter, of course.


Ducklings

Magnetic North: Duck Days of Summer

Welcome back to Magnetic North and the duck days of summer.


 
White-tailed deer fawn - photo by Vicki Biggs-Anderson

Magnetic North: Mommie Deer-est and Other Worries

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where a day-glo yellow carpet of fragrant dandelion blossoms surrounds our farm - a joyous sight for this reformed dandy destroyer. 


Spring Peeper

Magnetic North: Jeepers creepers! Have you heard those peepers?!

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where getting a decent night’s sleep can be tough if you live within earshot of a lake, pond or big puddle.


 
Bosco eating around the snow on Vicki's homestead

Magnetic North: Snow happens - so do joy first

Welcome back to Magnetic North, a place still thawing out after the longest winter in living memory. At least at this house. Where snow is now just another four-letter word.


Old Shed

Magnetic North: Letting Go Time Of Year

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where winter is loosening her grip, often with unintended consequences. It’s true.


 
Full Moon

Magnetic North: Moonstruck By Spring

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where the color white still dominates the ground around us, reflecting the sun and moon even as it melts quietly into springtime.


Goats and Chickens

Magnetic North: Death By Hanging Basket

Winter was hungrier than usual this year. Our well-stocked woodshed is nearly bare. So too the hay storage garage.