Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I've had four dye pots going everyday and the photo is yesterday's yarn. I am loving the rich, beautiful colors that have come out of the pots. I get up every morning anxious to start again. I'm anxious to try hand painting a few skeins of sock yarn if I can find the time.
There is definitely a fall nip to the air and the turkeys and geese are stopping in our pastures, looking for food. This was a good size flock of turkeys - hens and half grown babies that were browsing yesterday morning. They were pretty scattered so I couldn't get all of them in the photo. The turkeys look very healthy and quite plump. Appears they have had a good year.
We will harvest our first corn for the farm stand this weekend. The ears are large, kernels are well formed and tender. Tomatoes are ripening and cukes have gone crazy. The Russian mammoth sun flowers we planted are 8 feet tall or better and smiling at the world! They are so beautiful. All in all, a good year for the gardens.~ Have a great weekend everyone ~
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This is how Jinx and Jade occupy themselves during a thunderstorm :) Smart Kitties.
The last two days have been sunny again and 85 - 90 degrees. I'm struggling to can and pickle in this weather without AC. They are promising cooler temps by Wednesday evening....I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I have several heads of cabbage to process and the cucumbers are growing like crazy. We are getting red tomatoes even though blight has shown it's ugly face here and is starting to affect my plants. Many, many people lost all their potatoes and tomatoes. It's been a tough year in the Northeast for gardens and forage crops. Soon we will be pulling up all our plants in the front garden and preparing the soil to plant our garlic crop. Yum!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I've also started spotting crickets around and have been told by several "old timers" that is a sure sign of change in the season. I love the fall in New England. We enjoy gorgeous foliage and beautiful temperatures.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Let me introduce you to Comet - yes, your eyes are working correctly! Comet is a whale, a Fin whale to be exact. I'm actually happy I don't have to pay the feed bill on this gal. She is about 85 feet long and weighs between 50 and 70 Ton! Comet frequents Jeffreys ledge, a productive area within the Gulf of Maine. We actually got a two for one as Comet was spotted with her calf in 2007.
Comet is just one of many whales and other marine life available for adoption through the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, based in Portsmouth, NH. Comet was adopted as a gift for us by my dear friend, Helen. We can track Comets whereabouts on-line and will be notified by e-mail when she is sighted. Whale watches leave from the New England coast daily and we are hoping to be on one soon in hopes of seeing Comet :)
The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation promotes awareness and conservation of the marine environment through education and research in New England. It's a fantastic organization. Check them out at www.blueoceansociety.org.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Weather is perfect; we are putting up hay. Small lots at a time as saturated fields dry out. We are grateful for it any way we can get it!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Summer also means winter preparation. Our hardwood grove is too wet to get at this year. We don't mind - we have a good source for wood and we will save ours until our source isn't available. Five cord was delivered and will continue to season before we stack it in the shed in the late fall. I love to store nuts for winter - it's very reassuring for me to know I don't have to worry about heat for the winter.
Our gardens are thriving and we have a great assortment of fresh vegetables for our farm stand. This photo was from 8/1. Canning has begun as green beans and broccoli need to be harvested every few days. We are re-planting greens and fall crops as well as turnip and a few other things. Cukes are ripening and tomatoes as well. I love being in the farm stand. It's been so much fun meeting our neighbors and the summer folks who spend time at the lake nearby.
This is the little petting zoo that we have at the front entrance. We have added three new Finn sheep to our flock. The ewe, Dizzy and her twin lambs, Rose and Thorn. They are as sweet as can be and a wonderful addition to the farm. They loved being the center of attention in the petting zoo this past weekend and the animal cracker treats weren't bad either :) We require that anyone wanting to pet the animals use an antibacterial hand-wash before and after. No one minds and it's much safer for our animals. Charlie the rabbit is part of the petting zoo as well as guinea Keats, baby ducks and Danny dog.
Ty and I did get to take a short trip with Steve to see the latest project he is working on for his company. This was the view on the way home. Not bad hey? The Atlantic at sunset. I could get used to that!