People, conditions are not favorable!
Friday, July 13, 2012
People, conditions are not favorable!
A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
:: Inspired by Soule Mama ::
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Our summer is... not only are we in July, but we're about wrapping up the second week of July! How is this even possible? Just to make things feel even more advanced, Comic-Con begins today! We didn't get tickets: It's out of hand, the crowds, the mad scramble for passes. Sigh.
We brought home some chunky-rustic pestos, avocados, peas, strawberries, and two half pints of vegan, soy-free gelato... coconut-caramel-banana, and blood orange! We also learned where we can find local honey, and Max wants to come back when the fish monger has clams.
The market pesto, together with our garden tomatoes and carrots, some pasta, and a little cheese... and we had an easy, cool-crisp summer dinner.
it's three feet wide, and runs the length of the Barn... almost fifteen feet. Watch your head!
Look at Ada's tail... how it's split, and curls back on itself. It looks like an open heart.
Eventually, Geoff came home, which is always a happy event. Soon there was tooth brushing, all the usual sort of settling in activities, and then the day was done.
Wednesday was busy, and quiet, warm, then cool, simple, satisfying. Wednesday was good.
Thursday! Already? What goodness is in store for You, today?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
We may not have a real barn, and God forbid we have to rely on our garden for all of our meals, but I have managed to accumulate enough critters, vegetable beds, and farm-like chores, to make it all feel quite genuine. The chickens do wake me in the wee hours, and the goats do escape and run amok, there is a great deal of bleating and clucking, gopher trapping, coyote proofing, pest plucking, compost turning, apple pickin' work to do around here. And I realize it ties us to the Bird House, in a dutiful, farm-like fashion.
To be honest, I kind of appreciate getting away from our farm, even for a day. I think everyone enjoys time out, space away from their regular routines and duties...
Answer: Yes. I do.
William, and Maria came with me to visit their Front Porch Farm Stand, where we were tempted by fresh peaches, homemade soap, and fresh, organic ice cream. Maria sat in the shade and enjoyed the sweet luxury of chocolate ice cream served in a pretty dish. Seeing Anais, Jordanne, Justine, and Jules, in person, and busy, busy, busy... well, it was a good reminder of what it really takes to keep a fifth of an acre looking beautiful, and working hard... producing 350 different fruits, vegetables and herbs, yielding up to six thousand pounds of produce from one tenth of an acre! They don't just day dream about sustainability, they live it. And they are eager to share all they do, all they've learned.
And now... I am leaving my desk, stepping outside, and visiting my own, dear farm. I want to see what nonsense and amusements await me in the goat yard, and around the chicken's coop. While I am out there, I will pick tomatoes for dinner, and measure the sunflowers.
***To be clear: All the photo loveliness is thanks to the beautiful sights we found at Coral Tree Farm***
Monday, July 09, 2012
We even made our way to Pasadena, to one front porch, and then to Aunt Becky's front porch, and home again, before dark. It was such a treat to visit family, to laugh and hold each other.
Maria got a long, not-so-bad scratch, but no band-aid covered it properly. Just didn't want to startle anyone noticing her first-aid.
Ah, well, I see there are a lot of personal thoughts, emotions, details in a post about a happy celebration of weddedness, and I apologize for any TMI-ness. *blush* On the other hand, Maria reads Chickenblog now, and I rather like her to know that I loved this weekend, our family time, our laughter, and that Geoff and I are so very happy to be married.