It’s been busy around here!
We’ve finished picking strawberries (phew!), but now the peas (snap and snow) and beans are coming in!
The lettuce keeps on coming:
We’ve picked and pickled a bunch of beets,
and we’re still picking patty pan squash. There’s a baby zucchini on the vine with my name on it (needs another day or two). There’s a cluster of tomatoes going through all stages of orange on it’s mission to become red. And the weeds, cucumber beetles, Japanese beetles and potato beetles are thriving!
I haven’t even had time to take many photos, though Roy implored that I did after his big-time weeding with the Mantis rototiller and stirrup hoe the other night! Just have to remember to bring my camera when I go down!
As for the sheep, they seem to be doing well. We’ve been doing regular anemia checks for parasites – Millie, our matriarch, continues to defy the worms and maintain a healthy glow! We’re so pleased with her genetics! But due to her age and natural loss of incisors (front teeth), she’s having a hard time keeping weight on -she’s such a good mom and rarely turns her lambs away when they’re hungry. So she’s getting some pampering each day – a big bucket of clover, alfalfa and orchard grass, fresh picked from our lower pasture, and a nice scoop of sheep formula. She’s starting to expect it now, and comes right to the fence when I approach!
ANYWAY…Roy’s off all week, and he’s working hard. I’ve been running errands, interrupted by oldest son breaking his foot and ending up getting a cast yesterday! We’re looking forward, though, to the end of this week when we will all pack up and head down the road to the annual North Stonington Agricultural Fair
! Unfortunately we won’t be showing or exhibiting anything or anyone this year, but we will definitely be having fun! If you go, we can highly recommend the highlight of Friday evening – the hay bale toss! It’s the best thing happening for miles around (well, considering how remote we are here, it’s about the ONLY thing happening for miles around apart from the casino!) At $7 for adults and $0 for kids under 12, it’s a real bargain, too!
Hope to see you there!