The end-of-summer period has been progressing a little too quickly to suit me. Not that Mother Nature seems interested in slowing things down just to comfort me. ;) We’ve had two frosts already, which means an overwhelming glut of green tomatoes – which turned into an hour or so on the computer Googling green tomato recipes. Due to the goats helping themselves out of the garden back in June, we haven’t received too much garden bounty and I am not about to let any of it slip through my fingers!
The farm animals have been doing well. We castrated the male piglets last week – don’t worry, there are no photos of that! – and everyone is up and running happily around again. I found the experience more traumatic, in the long run, and am hoping that all baby hoglets born here in 2015 will be female.
I’ve been cutting back on our goat herd – the twenty-something we were up to was simply not manageable in combination with all the other goings-on and obligations. Eve and Pinto, both long-time residents of the farm, are still with us, as are Bella and Annebelle. Pinto’s triplets have grown so much that at a glance it’s easy to mix them up with the adults. This little buckling looks so much like his mama that he’s a mini-me.
The kids are all off and flying with their sports. Ro is doing soccer, karate, and horseriding. Her horsemanship has improved to the point that she’s been invited to ride at the stable year-round – talk about an over-the-moon happy kid! She, Niek, and the boys enjoy the occasional post-dinner soccer match in the front yard.
Both Max and Nick are at a swim meet a couple of hours down-state this morning. I hope they’re having fun and doing well. Max has also started working outside of the home, which makes me feel weirdly old, and Arden is old enough to *finally* take karate lessons.
This year, I took Rowen and her best buddy out of school for a day to attend the Common Ground Fair. Last year, I took Nick and Ro, but Nick was able to get there with a school trip and enjoy a different perspective. Arden is still a little young for me to enjoy the 3 hour trip there and back, but I think he’ll be ready next year. Here are a few of my favorite views of the fair.
I did not come home with a llama, but the temptation was nearly overwhelming. Isn’t this fella magnificent?
Rowen’s friend went home with family that she met up with at the fair, so Ro and I stopped for dinner at our favorite Brewer eatery where she continues to cross items off her bucket list. From this meal, that meant eel sushi and squid salad. She kindly shared a view of the squid legs with us:
Although it is a bit busy, there are still quiet moments. Arden has been mastering chess under Niek’s careful tutelage.
And I have been picking away at this great design by The Stitcherhood:
Busy days, but most of them are pretty terrific. I hope that’s true for you, too. :) Thanks for visiting!