Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Walkabout 7-28

looking out over Mbrook on a beautiful summer day

Is it my imagination, or does time really speed up during the summertime?

Wow! This week flew by!
Just another misty morning here on the hill

We hauled another batch of lambs to the processor to get them made into lambchops and kebab meat and roasts and sausage and all sorts of lamb-y goodness.  

The long road trip to the processor in Edinburgh is a necessary one although we have a friend who insists he can process an entire steer using only his trusty pocketknife!  The USDA inspection sticker is required for us to sell lamb retail at the Market. Gore’s Processing does the most wonderful work, too.

Then, the Boss and I processed another batch of broilers.  This we can do ourselves. Federal regulations allow up to 20,000 birds to be processed before you need an inspector on site.  Our little operation will never get to those kinds of numbers! Thank goodness!

Chicks arrived in the mail on Wednesday.  This is batch 4…no, maybe it’s 5…I’ve lost count.  Anyway, the next batch of broilers arrived in the mail. 

 I find it oddly hilarious that the Post Office requires this new paper be attached to the package. 
It says, “live animals” and has photocopied pictures of all sorts of species. 

Now, keep in mind the box has BABY CHICKS printed on each side…and the PEEP, PEEP, PEEP from inside is nearly deafening. Seriously, the post office likes me to come get the chicks as soon as possible because they are so loud!  I really wonder who thought another label was necessary.

In garden news, we got the onions harvested BEFORE it rained again (and again)!  Details on that job will follow later.  It looks like a good crop, despite the weather.
It was so humid that the lens kept fogging over!

Finally, the fall potatoes are beginning to pop up.  That’s a big relief to the Boss. I think he was really worried about his ‘taters!

The battle with the bugs is going to be epic.  Stories will follow, you can rest assured.

The next batch of green beans has sprouted.  …the corn is tasseling, the okra is blooming and it looks like there is going to be a bumper crop of butternut squash.

It was a beautiful sunrise on Saturday prior to Market.  But, you know the saying about “red skies…”  It wasn’t too long before the rains started.  However, the rain didn’t seem to deter the customers and it turned out to be a great day. 

The peaches sold pretty well, despite the fact that there were lots of other peaches down there that were a lot bigger and prettier. The Boss and I will be putting the leftover peaches in the freezer for our Winter Sales group.

On a humorous note, it would appear that we’re not the only ones here on the hill who appreciate a good “cardboardeaux”. 
This is Tess’ new playhouse.

Hope you enjoyed your little virtual visit.  Y’all come back now, ya hear?

Happy Sunday!

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