|Judy, Stephen, Kristen and Joe after lunch|
I also took a couple off days to drive to Rochelle, VA to visit my daughter and her husband in their new home. I really enjoyed the drive there, as the weather was perfect. That part of the state is very pretty and their new home is right in the heart of picturesque. Since my gardens are producing lots of veggies, I carried zucchini, yellow squash, peas and cucumbers with me to share with the kids.
|Front of House and Guest House|
|Buildings in Back Yard|
|Building in Back Yard|
|Neighbor's Roof-top Garden|
|Jenn Weeding her Garden at Her Floral Studio|
|One of Jenn's Gardens at her Studio|
|Another of Jenn's Raised Bed Gardens|
|Jenn's New "Office" -- Her Floral Studio|
Another "big deal" happened this week. I decided to rent the pond house to a friend who was looking for a house with five bedrooms... when she and her family came to see the house, she fell in love with it. It was a hard decision to make, but I decided to rent the house, rather than trying to sell it in this market, where everyone wants to make a "deal" on a foreclosure.... So, July 1, my tenants will move in and I will become a landlord, for the first time in my life.
Meanwhile, back on the farm, we have been gardening, WEEDING, building fences, giving Joe a MUCH needed haircut, WEEDING, transplanting, WEEDING, building a chicken coop, working on the old farmhouse, continuing the trenching operation, mulching, WEEDING, and ENJOYING the bounty from the gardens. I tasted my first kohlrabi today....first time I remember ever tasting it, and it was pretty good... I hope the rest of the kohlrabi garden produces... Next year I will plant a large kohlrabi patch, I think.
|Chickens... in their temporary housing unit.|
|First Watermelon Spotted 6-10-11|
|Sunflowers Officially Taller than Judy|
|Gardens in Full Green Mode|
|First Kohlrabi Harvested|
|Some of the Day's Bounty|
I have a bag full of zucchini that I will be using to bake zucchini bread in my oven...YES, my OVEN! Joe was able to get the range that we'd removed from the old Hallieford mansion in January 2010, out of the storage unit where it, and the rest of the kitchen from that house, were waiting patiently, and installed it in my garage kitchen. Now I will be able to bake like regular folks.... crock pot baking is awesome, but, I think I will enjoy baking 6-8 loaves of zucchini bread at a time, and freezing them for later use.
|Range, hiding in the Storage Unit|
|Judy Resting after Loading Rolls of Carpet|
|Joe Loading Range into Van|
|Plastic being laid on floor before pour|
|Yucca Blooms after Transplant|