Friday, August 29, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Goodness gracious so many chickens

Back from the processor with 100 more broilers in the freezer. We freeze them down in the stand freezers because we can get good air circulation around the birds. Then we move them to bulk storage in one of the chest freezers. So far we are delighted with our new processors. One more batch of birds and we are done for the season!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summertime soiree

One of the biggest highlights of the year for us is when our friends gather at the ranch. The stars aligned this year and we were able to bring together most everyone (next time Amy!). Coming from three different countries and both coasts, I'm still a little amazed that it worked out.

Yes it was hot and dusty and there were bugs (Nathan even had to leave for a little bit to fight fire) but it was still incredible. We feasted on an unbelievable spread of fancy meats, cheeses, fruits, drinks and sweets. We ate outside under tents on the lawn adorned with twinkly lights. We watched the stars in a truly dark sky. We played fun board games. The toddlers were adorable and charming. The company was lively and entertaining and no matter the distance, these relationships always pick right back up where we left off. Everything was delightful. Both Nathan and I were forced to let go and just relax, to go on vacation as well. To take the time to focus on being fully present felt decadent and indulgent. I loved every minute of it and feel so refreshed and recharged.

I can't wait for next time. And the time after that, and after that, on and on for decades to come.

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The epic picnic feast

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Picking apricots as a group

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After a while the preferred retrieval method involved shaking the tree and collecting the drops on a blanket

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Turning the fruit into farm wine (also known as "swirl" around here). We ended up making about 25 gallons with all the fruit.

Our lovely friends