Monday, August 5, 2013

Sunshine And Showers

Our unbelievable weather continues...highs in the 70's, sunny blue skies.... weird!
The farm was a whirlwind of excitement this weekend...
lots of comings and goings...


Saturday's highlight was a family cookout.


Andy, our BBQ chef (my son) smoked salmon filets....mmm mmm good!
Amanda made bruschetta orzo salad.
I baked a cake... lemon coconut.... might be our favorite yet.


(I can post the recipe if you want.)

Tyler spent the day with us.
Saturday morning's rain gave us a chance to play trains...
Love these Brio trains...leftover from 27 years ago when Andy was a toddler.


By noon, the sun came out and we picked (and ate) blueberries...


Fed Ritz crackers to the goats...



Tyler got a kick out of watching how far the goats stick out their tongues for a Ritz!


We packed about as much as we could into one day!

Sunday the farm served as the venue for a baby shower.


Anna, who often helps us out around the farm, is due in October...
a baby girl, Rebecca Lynn... named for Dr. Becky.


In my spare time this weekend,
I refinished this old desk...


and set up this vignette on our back porch.
The slate chalkboard came out of a Lancaster County one room schoolhouse.


We eat our meals out on our screened in porch all summer long,
so this little area will provide a little eye-appeal for our mealtimes.

We packed a lot into our weekend...and had a blast.
How about you... did you do any fun things this past weekend?a

PS:  I have something on my mind...
a little chicken insanity...
that I need to discuss with you.
Hopefully I will have a chance to write down my thoughts this week.

18 comments:

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Another great weekend. Tyler always looks so happy. I bet Tyler eats a Ritz serves a Ritz eats a Ritz serves a Ritz......

Carla said...

Tyler will have such amazing memories of your place when he's grown. Such a great grandma, who will sit on the floor with trains. :)

Lynne said...

I can imagine little kiddos happy as little larks making a visit to your farm, with Ritz crackers in hand . . .

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Tyler is so big already! How did that happen?

I love salmon. When I lived in Santa Cruz, we would buy it fresh off the boats in the harbor. And I also love lemon coconut cake so I'd appreciate the recipe.

We also had a nice weekend but not quite so packed with activity as yours.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

tyler looks like he is having so much fun feeding ritz to the goats. the weather has been fabulous! i love what you did with that school desk. can't wait to hear what you are thinking about chickenwise?

missy said...

Looks like a busy, fun farm weekend..Love the "vignette"..Very cute..Good job with the desk..I spent yesterday power washing my cottage..looks good..Really hard to get out of bed this AM..OK now.. Doesn't look like a good Hay week..

Junebug said...

I love weekends when you can cram as much family fun as possible. I have one granddaughter over Sat. night. We didn't have a whole lot of time but she sure is a great help with water flowers! Sunday I hiked Silver Falls St. Park. Oh my, what beauty mother nature has and to think it is in my own backyard. Okay, about 20 miles away. I might have to come off summer break for a post. Hugs!!

Kris said...

So many things to comment on here. First, yea for the great weather!!! We are having such a mild summer, but we will get those triple digits soon! Loved seeing your grandson with the trains. I saved my son's wooden set too, and the grandkids play with it all the time!!
Loved seeing the photos of your grandson feeding the animals the Ritz. So cute. Shower looked lovely.
And the desk!!! LOVE it!!!
Have a great week!!
xo Kris

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, chicken insanity. Thinking of venturing into the world of meat birds I wonder?
Heather in PA

meli said...

my weekend was,not quite as busy as yours,but it was enjoyable...we went to grassroots book sale,where you can fill a shoping bag of books,movies or cd,s out of their warehouse, then went to breakfast with my hubby, a little shopping at the dollar store and home..It felt so good to come back to the quiet of the farm, after the hustle, bustle of the city.....

meli said...

my weekend was,not quite as busy as yours,but it was enjoyable...we went to grassroots book sale,where you can fill a shoping bag of books,movies or cd,s out of their warehouse, then went to breakfast with my hubby, a little shopping at the dollar store and home..It felt so good to come back to the quiet of the farm, after the hustle, bustle of the city.....

Cindy said...

Sounds like a very good weekend! We went to the beach. It was a little chilly, but we still got sunburned! We have a box full of Brio trains too. I'm sure we will be getting them out for the grandson soon.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Good thing that cake is on the other side of this computer screen or I would be face down in it eating as much as I could and hoping no one was around to notice. LOL IT LOOKS SOOOOO GOOD!!!

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

What a super great weekend! Tyler is absolutely adorableeeee!.. Your lemon cake looks so delicious.. Wonderful photos too! Oh and that desk? Love love love it.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! Glad to see and hear all had a good weekend ! It was a long weekend for us here in Canada and Papa and I puttered and got some gardening done and just enjoyed ! The weather here has been fall like already fresh and cool ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

GeorgiaHoneyBee said...

I love your blog! You have really inspired me. I really do want to have chickens but have no idea where to start. Is there a good book? Do you have suggestions? I do not have a coop, and really would like to build one, but I do not know where to start there either. If you have time, I'm all ears! Rebekah

Beverly Frankeny said...

GeorgiaHOneyBee...email me so we can talk!!

Beverly Frankeny said...

My email is on the sidebar....

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