Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Relaxing.... Farm Style

Keith found the perfect place to hang the hammock!

I spend the heat of the day here reading or just....

drifting off into the tree tops or

drifting in the river below.... It's lovely.

He also placed a rope for me to help my decent to my favorite spot on the river...

sitting under the bridge - I get to pretend I'm a troll!

Sitting in the chairs you get a nice view of the hammock above...

Soon the river will be low enough that I can "swim" in it.

The dogs love to play in it when I come down.

Two weekends ago our friend Anne-Renee came for a visit.
We did something I have been wanting to since we moved here.
We took the canoe down to the mouth of the river,where the Entiat meets the Columbia . We saw eagles, great blue herons, king fishers, a doe and her two spotted fawns, it was very relaxing and beautiful.
I didn't even have to paddle, I just got to be The Princess while Keith & A-R paddled!

We didn't get any photos so I took this shot yesterday of the canoe....

More veggies are ripening - green beans, beets, zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, no tomatoes yet, still very green.
Hoping that all of you are having a relaxing summer.
We hope your travels brings you to our door.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Browns Visit the The Farm

A farm visit begins with a cocktail - friends usually arrive in the afternoon and it seems the best welcome after a long hot, beautiful drive through the mountains to our place by a little river.

There are lots of conversations and stories being read.

Of course it isn't all play, we put all our visitors to work - kids included!

Lucy and Jasper have become great helpers - they know how to feed the chickens and Ducky,

and to collect the eggs that I sell from our house,

and now they are learning how to be one with the Flock.

April made friends with Jack & Jill,

and Fred & Ollie, the Tom Turkeys.

"Gobble, gobble, gobble"!

When the chores were finished we did let the kids play in the hay!

Meanwhile, the Men were busy working in the vineyard, finishing putting the last of the trellis poles in the hard, rocky ground.

Thanks Rob!!!

All these photos were taken by Rob and April, and they were so kind to share them with us.
There were so many beautiful shots it was hard to pick which ones to post.
I will close with these two that shows off the farm and the great weather we had during their visit.

We hope The Browns visit again soon!!!

End of July

I'm doing the "catch-up on the blog" dance.
Unfortunately I haven't been taking very many photos....we've had lots of visitors and lots of fun, guess too much fun for me to take the time to get photos.
Mary was here in July for a short visit and the only photo I got was on her last morning just before she boarded the train to Seattle.

We had a good visit, lots of sisterly talk and hanging out, we did pick peas and shell them, I took a photo of that....the rest of the visit I have photos that Mary took,

she documented my first attempt at Camembert (we call it "fuzzybert") and baguettes...

Keith on his tractor, he was still hobbling about at this time, he is now very much improved,

and she just had to take a photo of Felix's present he left for us to find early one morning in the bathtub....Life on The Farm!

After Mary's Visit Keith finished the new chicken coop.

This is where the chicks and turks that we hatched earlier this year will live.

From this small yard they have access to the larger goat yard for even more tasty grazing.

I'll just finish this wee update with some shots of the goats out in their yard.

Cinder feels she must keep an eye on those goats, but it does get her tired.
An August update coming soon....