Saturday, May 16, 2009

Quick Post...Busy Day

Just a quick post tonight.
We got to the farm last night & went right up to see our Amish neighbors. They are doing great. Lizzie looks good & the baby is so cute! She has a touch of jaundice & is tiny (around 5 lbs.). Her name is Fanny. I held her for about a half an hour while she slept. Wrapped in blankets with a tiny white bonnet. Perfect. Their next youngest David was so cute with Fanny. He would touch her face and smile at Mom. We sat around and talked for a couple hours & headed home.
Today we visited with our other neighbor who is leaving for work for six months tomorrow. He is a retired Navy guy & supervises dives now. So we didn't get started doing anything until after noon. Mowing was the top priority today. It was too windy to plant any seeds in the garden & quite chilly. We took turns on the mower. Also, new stakes were put by some of the trees we recently planted and a huge pile of firewood was stacked. When we took a break for supper, Eli came over with some baskets that one of the "followers" of this blog ordered from them (I will be emailing you soon Joyce) and inside one of the baskets was a homemade rhubarb pie for us. Well, it's almost gone now :-). It was really good. After dinner we mowed a little more, put in a few more stakes, unloaded some drywall & plywood and now are having a beer. Ahhhh..... we can get a good nights sleep and get up early to start over again. It will be garden planting time....25 strawberry plants, 6 raspberry, 6 blackberry bushes, chard, kale, lettuces, spinach, radishes onion sets, beets, peas. Then when we finish that we'll start working on the hazelnut & chestnut trees. We cut up cardboard squares, put a hole in the middle with a slit going to it & will place them around each tree. That's 110 of them. We will also sow clover in the swales. Then if we have any strength left, we'll drive home.
So I'm thinking of going to bed now....

7 comments:

PatQ said...

Keep up your strength!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

The baby sounds soooo cute!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

fullfreezer said...

Wow! You are planning enough to make even ME tired! Have fun!
Judy

Sue said...

Are you the twin of fullfreezer? You two have the energy levels of...oh heck, I don't even know of anything THAT energetic. Well, best to you, and have a great (and I'm sure productive )weekend !!

jaz said...

WAIT!!!!! you ate MY pie!!! hehe!!! i'll just image how good it was when i look at my baskets! joyce

Kritter Keeper said...

i love to read about normal life on the farm...thank you for sharing. please enlighten me about the cardboard things...what do they do? sorry for being a 'newbie' on such issues! glad lizzie and baby are fine.

Barb and Steve said...

Hi Kritter Keeper...the cardboard is for "sheet mulching". It will help to keep the weeds under control. We'll put mulch on top of it to help it break down. The hazelnuts won't be producing until about year 3 or 4 so we don't have to worry about any chemicals that might be in the cardboard getting into our food. Hope this helps :-)