Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Visits in August

Mid- August we had visits from Amy (Keith's youngest daughter), her husband Kevin and their two children, our grand kids!, Tyler & Susan and during the same week, Arlene & Richard. It was great to have the Farm filled with Family!

One evening while the young family was visiting friends in Chelan, us older folks gathered at the Yurt for dinner and card games.

Arlene made us a great meal of pasta, salad, bread and of course plenty of vino. For dessert she created a dish of fresh figs (from their yard) in a aromatic lemon sauce.
It was a perfect Yurt Feast

Last month Besty May visited us - I forgot to take any photos, but in memory of that visit, Keith wore the T Shirt she gave him.

Betsy May is a huge Portland Trailblazers Fan.
Only Cool Daddy-O's get Groovy Shirts.

Tyler and Susie quickly learned my morning routine.

Lending me a hand to feed the Turkeys,

Shooshing the baby goats away from the Turkeys breakfast,

helping out feeding the chickens our left over dinner scraps,

getting to know my favorite hen, Sophia,

Sofia is very social

they also gathered the eggs ( we now are up from 1- 2 egg to 3 - 5 everyday)
After the chores are done we headed to the hay pile for a morning climb.

In the afternoons it's off to The River They Go.

We made what is becoming a yearly pilgrimage to "The Entiat Elves Wee Golf"

Under Grandpa's scoring, Tyler & Susie tied for first, he came in second, then Kevin, Amy and me last. No one dare questioned his scoring technique.

There was plenty of coloring - outside and in,

reading out loud, games of Memory (which Tyler won hands down - at least I beat Susie!), horse shoes, bean bag throwing - the usual farm doings.

We went out to dinner in Chelan ,

Tyler took this photo - I think he can be my regular photographer!

We went to the Bamboo Shoot - one of our Favs - for hibachi grill.

The kids had Miso Soup for the first time and they loved it!

In fact they loved the whole meal and show, Tyler didn't even mind the chef throwing broccoli at him, he simply threw it back!

On the last day of the visit we took the family to our neighbors to feed his horses carrots and visit.

I think they are natural Horse riders - perhaps we should get a horse?....
here are a couple of videos of Susie's First Rides.

It's been a good month for visitors, even from Immunex days friends Ken B. and his family stopped by on their way to Chelan and this weekend Julie H. is coming.

Always fun at the Farm.
And we love Visits!

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Letter T

This post is sponsored by the Letter T

T is for THRASHER.

The "Thrasher" aka Swather broke down 2 weeks ago. Keith had just finished cutting the small alfalfa field and was starting on the big one when - clunk- the engine quit and it hasn't started since. He has tried many things to fix it - got new parts- yet it still doesn't run. He's working on it again this morning - hopefully he will have it running. The hay needs a-cuttin'.

The thing is that he worked on it all spring to get it in tip-top shape. New used tires, fixed the hydraulic oil leak and I think a few other repairs.
Don't you all feel for Farmer Keith?

T is for Tractor

I drove the tractor yesterday. Every summer Keith has to re-teach me how to drive the cute machine. I do like maneuvering it but I still feel a little intimidated by "Old Blue".
This is Keith's second cut of Alfalfa from this field. So far he has cut more this year than all of last year and he is only half way done.
Mostly due to weather, but I'm sure Keith is charming the grass to grow faster.
He's such a good Farmer!

While I drove Keith bucked the bales of hay on the trailer.
I definitely had the fun job.

T is for Turkey

I think I'm having more fun with the turkeys than any of the other farm animals. Mainly because I'm so surprised by their character! They act very much like our dogs. Follow me around, want me to pet them, seem to enjoy being picked up. And they are so Big yet they do not try to harm me in any form!
Since I don't clip their wings they can easily get out of the pen, so every evening they come down to the house to say Hello.

Cinder & I take them back to the barn for their evening meal and if all goes well they get put up in the area that they can't fly out of to keep them safe from predators like raccoons, coyotes or even cougars. This year we have lost 11 ducklings and 1 young turkey to raccoons.
A neighbors pygmy goat was just killed by a cougar.

Some of these big boys will be our Thanksgiving meal, but we hope the females will lay eggs and that we will have chicks in the spring.

He pecked my camera lens and I thought he almost broke it!

This has nothing to do with the Letter T - it just is pretty.
Loving the Garden Harvest
and I'm already planning how I will do the garden better next year!
Next post will be about our wonderful visit from Amy, Kevin, and the Grandkids!