Monday, August 24, 2015

around the farm, weeks 29-34

Time to try and catch up with what's been happening around the place!  Here are a bunch of pictures in no particular order:

True Blue Potatoes

I need to dig up the last four row of potatoes, and the rest of the volunteers next to the lettuce patch, and then I'll have all suds harvested for the year.  I should have enough to see my customers through the rest of the season getting potatoes in their boxes weekly.

chicks again!

My hens won't stop with the broodiness, and I've given up fighting them.  After all, what's a few more chicks, and they are sure happy being moms.  These hatched a few weeks ago and are doing great!

spider near my lemon balm

Butterscotch Orange Pudding McCloud

That's one long name for a kitten!  We had a hard time coming up with a name everyone agreed on, until in a fit of weary silliness we all decided this name was good enough!  

Where did this kitten come from?  Little J's friend's cat had a batch and we couldn't resist. Since we want her to live to a ripe old age and not disappear like Totoro did in June, we've decided she'll be an indoor only kitty.  

the pigeons are back!

Every year we get pigeons who migrate through just when the Cascara berries are ripe.  I love hearing their heavy fluttering and seeing them come an go in droves.

Do you think our lawn will grow in time for our Labor Day picnic?

new tractor!

We decided to invest in a tractor to help with the place, and the farm business.  Right here where the tractor is parked, you can see the beginnings of an earthen green house, or Walipini.  

coming to say hi

Asian Pears almost ready

Liberty Apples - not ready

lettuce and Walla Wallas

she's so cute - I couldn't leave you with just one picture of her


cauliflower - no scale, but it's huge!

musk melons almost ready

Sugar Babies coming along

pink zinnia - I want to grow tons of these next year!

sweet table grapes

ferocious take down of the prey

a photo showing here white tummy

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A.'s a teen now

We celebrated A's birthday on Monday, but with him counting down since June, the event felt longer than the actual day.  Per his request, we stayed home and had a quiet family party with brownies instead of cake, and space themed decorations to celebrate.

Zimmerman?  Zimmerman.

Below is the yearly interview:

How does it feel to be a teenager now?
Not different, really.

What did you like about your birthday?
I liked all the decorations and also that I got a lot of presents that I wasn't expecting to get that I loved.

What didn't you like?
I didn't like spending 8 hours trying to get one of my presents to work.

Any memorable experiences this last year?
Mostly just hiking Mt. St. Helens.  That's my most memorable one.  Also hiking to Ice Lake, the trip to Yellowstone, and wood shop class.

Any words of wisdom you can share?

  • Don't drink a gallon of soda before bedtime (I've not done this cause I'm smart).  
  • The day after your birthday can be better than the actual day cause that's when you get to play with all your presents.
  • Don't use sprite instead of milk for your cereal.  
  • Never lick beach sand, no matter what.