Thought I’d throw 33 photos out there to catch you up on the past month around here. Thanks for visiting the farm!
Son Jody and some little fans: He took 3rd place in the FLW Northern Regional Conference Bass Fishing Tournament at Philpott Lake in Virginia. He has qualified for the second time, now, for the National Championship in his 4 years at Virginia Tech. He is excited to represent Virginia Tech, with two other teammates, in April, 2013 for the FLW National Championship. Some adorable youngsters brought their t-shirts to him to autograph after Day 3 in Martinsville, VA. He was speechless!
Freedom Rangers ready for processing -this was their last day of the good life before we put them in the freezer. We sell them as meatbirds, and they are also all the chicken that we eat throughout the year. It’s a good feeling to be able to put your own food on the table, especially knowing that they had a great life running around, foraging, comfortable and clean.
Turkeys are constantly getting themselves trapped in the garden. They know how to get themselves in, but then they forget out to get out. This is a daily thing.
Some intense cobwebs in the rafters of the barn. We did a BIG clean this past week to prepare for an annual barn party. It’s so much more satisfying to clean when you can really see the difference, don’t you agree?!
Morning Glories still blooming in October. They certainly do make us happy going in and out the front door. Sadly we will get a killing frost sooner than later and it’s difficult to cover them when that happens.
Lucky for Char & I, the Virginia Tech botanical gardens are gorgeous any season. These Calla Lilies were all abloom in front of the water garden. We try to take the gardens in every chance we can when we are in Virginia.
Char & I were very much rewarded in a quest for ice cream one evening while college-visiting in Asheville, NC. Here is the menu at Ultimate Ice Cream. I had the Brown Sugar, Bacon & Maple + Piney Branch Pear ice creams. Amazing!
Loved these container gardens outside a cute cafe in Asheville, NC
Puppy prints on the tile of “Three Dog Bakery” in Asheville, NC – We asked the lady at the counter if they actually sold all of those decadent dog biscuits. She astonished us by saying that one woman orders $200 worth of biscuits each month! It was a very fun store to visit for pet lovers like ourselves.
Piggies were our fave at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. Sadly, the class that Char was going to visit was M.I.A.. We still don’t know if it had been cancelled or what, but we sat around waiting for the teacher & students to show up for about 15 minutes before someone came and told us that for some reason, the class wasn’t being held that day. Well, we did enjoy the campus and most especially, the piggies!
Abe gets the whole backseat to himself. This dog has had an amazing month, fighting a nasty infection that had him pretty seriously set back. In spite of the slew of meds he’s on now, it was all worth it for him – he is on his feet in a flash when you say, “Abe, do you want to go see Jody?!” Visiting his boy in VA was the reward for quiet riding in the backseat for 2800 miles. You may notice the wet window behind him – rained almost non-stop for the entire journey. Yay.
Apple, Pear Ginger, Pumpkin, Raspberry Currant, Cranberry Apple, Blackberry, & Blueberry Pies were happening and happening and happening! We are now at a pause for the season as the market that carried our pies is now closed for the season. The pies will be back on the “shelves”, so to speak, for Thanksgiving CSA shares.
“The Park” in our backyard -Ruger is glad to have been freshly shod, everyone heading out for afternoon grazing.
Trunk full of Mums
- Shaftsbury, Vermont is a beautiful part of New England – sometimes we feel like hobbits.
3 week old hen chicks in their new coop – settling in for winter. Sold about 60 hens this past year and am replenishing our flock.
Schilling likes to type – hence, I don’t get around to it sometimes.
Iz had a salon visit with Char one afternoon – pretty girl!
Big sister SJ & her friends’ motivational posters for Char before her SAT
Caramel Apples – SJ & her crew of college friends made a batch this past Columbus Day Weekend. They were delicious.
Martha, the indispensable personal assistant, taking a breather after helping me to prepare for the Myers Road Pumpkin Party. It was so much fun, without about 100 neighbors & guests, and this gal is my amazing sidekick to keep it frolicsome!
SJ gives Caroline, a college friend & Floridian, a lesson on Ruger Jac.
The turkeys attend the Myers Rd. Pumpkin Party – and yes, I did have to hose everything down after shoo-ing them away.
Giles, experiencing his first autumn.
Jackie & Cricket in the front seat on the way to their vet check – they were fine but they act like they’re going to die every time they get there.
Azalea blooms in October!
Char’s comfort food choice on a sick day.
My choice for lunch – energizing Minestrone that I’d made the day before. It’s so delicious I eat two bowls at a time!
Kitties curl up
Shaggy Shetland Sheep, day before shearing!
Goats mug the camera!
Turkey time of year – they are underfoot everywhere you go outside
Apple Crisp Cookies for choir night – made up this recipe myself!