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Despite the current
bone-dry conditions, mushrooms are popping up all over the woods.
There's a certain zen
wonder in not being able to identify most of them but still enjoying
their beautiful shapes and colors.
Meanwhile, the goats are
much more interested in the first golden tulip-tree leaves filtering to
the ground. To each her own!
I usually wait to
harvest our onions until the leaves have dried down. But the summer
abruptly turned wet and I began noticing a few signs of rot. Time to
get our precious bulbs out of the ground before they go bad!
is still a major time saver for us.
Kayla and I took in the
antique tractor show at Fairview in Abingdon Friday. It was
another perfect girl's day out, with an extremely well-behaved baby,
fascinating old implements (like this thresher --- look at all those
belts!), and quite a bit of historical education as a bonus.
The interpretive signs were
top-notch, full of information I'd never considered. For example, did
you know that the crescent moon traditionally shown on an outhouse was
meant to designate the lady's room? Way back when the average American
couldn't read, stars were for guys and moons for girls...but men's
outhouses tended to get run down and didn't last. Thus the
crescent-moon-marked outhouses dominating the colonial landscape.
the air-conditioned comfort of the interpretive log house, we took in
several beautiful displays pertaining to history and crafts. On the
history front, I was intrigued to learn that I-81 (the big highway that
runs through our region) began as a buffalo trail but soon became a
major thoroughfare between Philadelphia and the Frontier.
upshot? Best girl's day out yet! Think we can top this in August, Kayla?
Our Chicago Hardy Fig is
finally bouncing back from 2 Winters ago.
I'm excited to announce that
the final book in my Ultimate Guide to Soil series is now available for
What early reviewers had
"Thanks to her Ultimate Guide to Soil series, I am enjoying robust plant growth and harvesting gorgeous vegetables and herbs from my garden." --- M
"I know more about composting and soil amendments now than I did before reading this - and I've been composting for 30 years, so I thought I knew it all!" --- Colin B. McGee
Soon we'll have a lot of
Now that Punkin has
moved on to his new home, I'm finally able to get back to tethering
our herd in the morning while I garden. Artemesia was thrilled at the
opportunity, but our little doeling wasn't so sure about the idea of
collars and leashes.
Our new metal gate was just
as easy to install as the first
This summer has been
averaging 1 to 3 degrees hotter than previous
summers on our farm. That doesn't sound like much...until you realize
that we spend a lot of time working outside and I'm still stubbornly
avoiding air conditioning. (Mark has AC in his man cave.)
Ahem, anyway. In case
you're interested in following suit, I'm still
using a slightly modified version of this
recipe. Mark got
sick of mint
and I realized I could downgrade the chocolate chips a bit (although
not much or the consistency goes off). The final recipe for use in a
two-quart ice-cream maker includes:
See the previously
linked post for cooking instructions and be sure to
cool overnight before tossing in the ice-cream maker. The end result is
soft-serve consisetency, so Mark and I like to ladle the contents into
eight individual-serving containers and put them back in the freezer
for 12 hours before eating. Enjoy!
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