Friday, June 23, 2006

Morning Harvest

This mornings harvest provided these wonderful brunch crepes.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

How We Spent the Soltice

Ok, Ok, so this picture would have been much more meaningful (and less boring) if I had remembered to take it yesterday! Then you would have seen our wonderful friends who, called on the spur of the moment, came over and helped us put this roof on. This is one of those projects that had to be done this year. So yesterday morning we decided that the first 90 degree day was the perfect day to get on the hot roof. We didn't start til after lunch and since the space isn't big it took less than an hour to take off the old shingles. Then of course a trip to town to get plywood to fix the rotten place. And mostly done by supper time. A soltice well spent tho we never did get to the bonfire.

Father's Day

We celebrated Father's Day by taking a camping/climbing trip. We headed out to Linville Falls where we camped at the campground. Not a spectacular campground tho very quiet. Since it was Sunday we managed to get a site by the river so we had lots of water time. Monday we headed off to Grandfather Mountain as we had heard about a great climbing area for learning. Sure enough, the area was fantastic. Lots of wall to play on, lots of traversing so no need for a rope. We did rope up a couple of climbs tho as G wanted to go to the top. Of course he took to climbing like a spider, getting to the top in no time. C had a little trouble with the height issue tho one of his great strengths is perseverance. He attemted both climbs. We all enjoyed the weekend and ready to go again.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Girls at Work

Two things I have noticed this strike has brought. Boughts of lethargy for all of us mixed with boughts of action. If we could just harness the action we would have the farm whipped into shape in no time! We did manage to get rid of one junk car last week which enabled us to buy a 55 gallon drum of ethanol. Bio-diesel is in full swing. And the garden and grounds look good.

We finally got into the bees yesterday. All the rain we have had held us back to a certain extent tho can't blame it all on the weather. The bees have been busy, busy, busy. Since we hadn't added any supers they just filled every hole they could find with gorgeous honey. The girls were so busy working that our presence didn't seem to bother them one bit. I love the fact that you can tell when they are angry just by their sounds. I am not sure tho I don't think I have seen a hive this full of bees before. I am a bit sad we missed the locust honey. Locust honey is rare up our way as many years the locust trees don't bloom. Our inactivity means we won't have any locust honey tho I look forward to all the other flavors of summer.