This has seriously been the strangest summer on record!
In what should be the dog days of summer, we are experiencing daytime temps in the 60's
and nighttime temps in the 50's.
It's been unseasonably cool for the past week and the forecast has
temperatures remaining in the 70's for the next week or more.
I would be remiss in not mentioning our friends in Texas and now Louisiana...
and the horrendous storm they have had to endure.
We all need to do whatever we can to help our neighbors...
be it money, thoughts or prayers.
Since you came here to talk about the farm,
let's do so...
Our animals have enjoyed this summer.
Not having to get through excessively hot days has been a blessing for them.
The sheep have already grown quite a thick fleece.
They'll be ready when cold winter winds start to blow!
Our guinea babies have been with us just shy of two weeks...
and can you believe how they have grown?
They have almost doubled in size.
They are quite athletic... and excessively flighty.
There'll be no cuddling up to any of these birds!
Wanna know a secret?
Hubbs and I snuck away for a quick four day trip to North Carolina
to visit friends (who used to be neighbors).
I wanted to show you their lovely house.
They built it on top of their barn.
They live in Southern Pines, a beautiful town surrounded by
horse farms of all sizes.
If you love horses.... you will love this place!
She has a Friesian horse, Roelof,
whose picture I did not get (this one is from another year)
and a mini horse named Cubby.
We visited a BBQ place
that has its own landing strip...
small planes land and take off all day...
just stopping by for some good southern BBQ!
We left early yesterday morning...
and arrived back at the farm in time to get some gardening done.
I picked another bucket of hot peppers.
Oh, and those red beans around the outside of the bucket are the
Chinese red noodle beans that are growing on this trellis.
(They taste just like green beans.)
By the time I had finished picking, I had a pan of sweet peppers
of all shapes, sizes and colors.
And there are still tons yet to ripen!
Looks like today's job will be canning hot pepper relish...
which of course means a session of tears, coughing, sneezing until I inevitably pee myself...
it all goes hand in hand with hot pepper prep!!
It's truly a labor of love!