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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

August 15th, 2011

Faithful readers may have noticed a suspiciously small number of blog postings over the past few months and wondered what the heck we’ve been doing around the farm. It’s been a busy summer, and between entertaining house guests, sending Charlotte to her first summer of day camp, tending our abundant poultry and fertile (read: weedy) garden, our maiden attempt at sheep-rearing, Karl’s new enthusiasm for meat-smoking, Margaret’s manic pickling, and, of course, everyone’s excitement about the coming baby, we haven’t been keeping our posts up to date. We’ll do better, we promise. In the meantime, here’s some glimpses at our summer, so far:

(more photos on our Facebook page)

Our annual strawberry picking trip to Gillespie Farms

Our annual strawberry picking trip to Gillespie Farms

Charlotte shows off the haul... soon to be made into delicious jam.

Charlotte shows off the haul... soon to be made into delicious jam.

Tastings at the Gray Public Library has been a big success. Steve Arsenault serves the girls some cider -- better that, than his home roasted coffee that he shared with us in June.

Tastings at the Gray Public Library have been a big success. Steve Arsenault serves the girls some cider -- better that than the delicious home roasted coffee that he shared with us grown-ups in June.

Margaret, our Israeli camp counselor Yuval, Grampa Steve, and the girls take in a Sea Dogs game.

Margaret, our Israeli camp counselor Yuval, Grampa Steve, and the girls take in a Sea Dogs game.

Charlotte rides the bus to her first day of camp.

Charlotte rides the bus to her first day of camp.

What's a summer campfire without Marshmellows?

What's a summer campfire without marshmallows?

The girls pick blueberries in their pajamas for blueberry pancakes

The girls pick blueberries in their pajamas for blueberry pancakes

You know the garden is in full production when pizza's on the grill are all-out garden affairs. Here we have roasted peppers and eggplant, sungold tomatoes, basil, garlic, and arugula in the back.

You know the garden is in full production when pizzas on the grill are all-out garden affairs. Here we have roasted peppers and eggplant, sungold tomatoes, basil, garlic, and arugula in the back.

August is pickling season!

August is pickling season!

We're not the only ones who have been eating well lately...

We're not the only ones who have been eating well lately...

The goats have been doing their fair share of eating too. They cleared this patch in one day (see previous picture for the "before".)

The goats have been doing their fair share of eating too. They cleared this patch in one day (see previous picture for the "before".)

And we finally tried out the smoker we bought at a yard sale last summer...

And we finally tried out the smoker we bought at a yard sale last summer...

...with terrific and delicious (smoked duck) results.

...with terrific and delicious (smoked duck) results.

And what would summer be without fruit pie? This one was peach and cherry. Yum.

And what would summer be without fruit pie? This one was peach and cherry. Yum.

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Morning Helper

January 27th, 2011
We had an extra helper for chores this morning... Charlotte got up early and got bundled up to come out to the barn and help with the morning milking.
We had an extra helper for chores this A.M…. Charlotte got up early and bundled up to come out to the barn and help with the morning milking.

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