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Monday, October 31, 2011

NOT BAD....

 A very nice morning....a little warmer than yesterday.
 Same old same old same old same old.

 Swept out the loft and threw down a few bales of second cutting....one of these days the horses are going to come in.
 As you can see, the outdoor arena still looks like a pond....s a t u r a t i o n ....
 Had to go to the bank, Weggies and needed to put some gas in my car.
 Cleaned the house and set it up for a late afternoon presentation by Gary.
 In the meantime, he went down to pick up his new (used) car.  I look forward to having a van.
 Anyway, there is a class at the college called "Food and Culture."  Last semester they came up to learn more about organic gardening and tonight they did the same.  By the time they all arrived there were 30 of us.  Gary is just about ready to plant his garlic and took them out by the garden to explain how it is done.
 Afterward they came in for cider, donuts, snacks and discussion.

 A very nice group!

At 7:30 Sandy and Steve came up for dinner.  Squash/Apple Soup, a salad with pears and crusty rolls.
I forgot to take pictures.  They have been working non-stop to get their new restaurant ready.  We are so lucky to have them in Brockport.  It won't be long now.  The day before they open to the public we are going to work with some friends to invite everyone we know to a tasting at "The Loft"....more on this to follow.
Do you see that gigantic plant in the background?  It is a Bird of Paradise that was over at Jill's (patio).  I volunteered to house it and a blossom is on the way.  It takes up a LOT of space.
Over and out.
Night all.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

GLORIUS.....

 We had a morning like this while millions of people are without power after a snow storm.  Amazing.

For the second day in a row I woke up late!  What the heck.  The pups and I got out to the barn and did the usual.   Frost again.

 Phoebe and Gucci have worn coats the last few days...



 Jen was down in the village and called to see if we wanted to meet her at Java.
 We headed out a little after 9:30.


 After having some poached eggs for breakfast (along with lots of chatter) we went across the street to the market.  Last day for this season.
 I was very surprised to see strawberries!
 Lucy was there with her owners.  A couple of years ago she was rescued by the Dog Warden and had many puppies.  With the help of volunteers, they were taken care of until they were old enough to be weaned.   After they were all adopted, Chris and Jack took "mom."  A real sweetheart.
 Typical fall items today.

 It's sad to see this service come to a close.  Not only for the fruit and veggies available....but also for all the socializing that takes place.
 On the way back to the car, Gary stopped in the Lift Bridge Book Store to get the Sunday (Buffalo) paper.  I checked out the Creech section to see what was available.  Another place I want to show her if she she comes up for a visit.

 Perfect weather.
 Took the sheets off the ponies so they could bath in the sun (and mud).


 Gary gave his car a good cleaning before he trades it in tomorrow.
 Jill gave me the biggest butternut squash in captivity the other day and I finally decided to turn it into soup.
 After I filled a large pot, I put the rest in the freezer.
 Googled Squash/apple soup...looked at a ton of recipes and did my own thing.
 Sauteed leeks, onions, carrots and celery while the squash and apples cooked in four cups of chicken stock.  Combined it all in the food processor, then added some sour cream, brown sugar and a little tiny bit of curry.  (Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper too).
 Great body and lots of flavor.  Will dilute it more when I heat it up tomorrow night.  Jenny stopped for an order to go.

According to the sunshine, it was chore time.
 First I picked the pastures.


 Then I fed the girls.
 Loved the night sky.

 Sophie and Lily got some attention on my way back to the house.
 Meowwwwwww.
 Dinner?  A salad full of every veggie except for lettuce.
 Leftover sauce on noodles...

And that's all she wrote.
Night all.