While I was out of town on one of my business trips, Joe finally braved the attic in the old farmhouse, sealing the open cracks and running cabling for TV and computers to the different areas of the house. Even in September, with summer on the decline, it is pretty hot up in that attic. Still he spent two full days up there and finished what he set out to do. That puts us one step closer to being able to live full time in the old farmhouse.
|Vacuum before starting attic work|
|Cracks and crevices sealed|
|Preparing pad -- digging roots|
|Digging up roots|
|Level pad coming along well|
|Judy helping with chicken house construction|
|Joe puts finishing touches on goat milking stand|
|First section of new dog kennel erected|
|New chicken house|
|Judy milking Sally|
|New rabbit hutch|
|Joe installing water heater timer|
|New dog pen expanded|
|Zombie chicken.... poor, sweet thing|
|Milder than chicken|
|Fried is OK, but I like it better slow cooked|
|Tomatoes and peppers|
|White Tussock Moth Caterpillar|
Another favorite was having the opportunity to have Miss Eloise stay with us at the farm for a few days this past week. At 21 months old, she is a most willing farmhand and she awoke each morning asking first about the "co co's," which, in her French language, means, "chickens." That child loves feeding the chickens, goats, dogs, cat, and rabbits. And she is fearless, with the exception of a slight aversion to our oldest rooster. I am not sure why she seemed scared of him, as he is very laid back and never rushed her or anything. I guess he is just pompous looking!
|Eloise feeding goats|
|Laughing at chickens|
|Oil painting -- held in front of two of Granddad's paintings that hang in my living room|
And now as we greet October, we look back on September and are satisfied...we worked hard, made some progress, made some discoveries and had a lot of fun in the process. And as we fall into Fall, we look forward to more work, shorter days in which to get everything accomplished, and that constant feeling that time is flying past faster and faster!