Saturday, September 18, 2010

Home and ready to work

We got back from vacation last night.  It was glorious to sleep in my own bed.  It was strangely wonderful to wake up and have a million things to do. 

Toby had been dropped off at the house by my parents before we got home, so he and I spent the morning doing our usual routine.  We went and checked on and fed the chickens.  He sniffed around to see if there was anything good to eat that they had left.  Then we went to the garden.  I picked the tomatoes and overflowing peppers.  The pumpkins are really taking off now and coming back to life, where I thought they were dead.  The broccoli is heading up nicely and sending out side shoots where I picked it before vacation. 

While I was emptying the car, the neighbors came for a visit.  Toby got to play with his best bud, Brutus, a 9 month old boxer.  I chatted and caught up while the kids and dogs ran around and played. 

Then it was into the house for breakfast.  I can't tell you how good it was to have poached eggs on toast with eggs from my chickens and my homemade sourdough bread.  Real food is a wonderful thing.  You don't realize how wonderful, until you don't have it for a while. 

I have so many posts and things to tell you.  The picture is of the Monticello gardens.  We attended the Harvest Festival and had a wonderful time meeting Sharon Astyk and seeing all the fabulous things they had to see and taste.  We went to a farm where they cure hams the old fashioned way, saw how peanuts and cotton grow and just generally had a blast.  I'll be giving away a book later in the week as well, so keep your eyes open.  Today I need to get things straightened, tomatoes processed, peppers dealt with, pictures looked through and many other things.  It's wonderful to be home.


darius said...

I'm envious! I was actually house-sitting in C'ville last weekend and in the end, opted NOT to go to the Festival even though I had been anticipating it.

There were several Fee workshops I wanted to attend; add in an entry pass, parking, shuttle, and crowds... it was cheaper and easier to skip it. Instead I bought some local grass-fed beef!

Annie's Granny said...

The picture is of the Monticello gardens

Whew, I'm glad you cleared that up! I was thinking that I didn't know you had such a beautiful, huge garden....and that your garden shed sure did put mine to shame ;-)

Welcome back.

farmwifetwo said...

I was in NC last week. Was disappointing b/c in the end she had to go to work the last few days b/c her secretary was ill.

I too came home to lots to do. Mom was here to help Dh with the boys.

It's rather overwhelming...

The Mom said...

Darius, it was lots of fun. The grass fed beef sounds good too though.

Granny, you didn't know I had such huge gardens? LOL, they sure were pretty.

Farmwifetwo, so sorry that your friend couldn't spend more time with you. The work is daunting, but so far I'm having fun.

Daphne said...

Pretty gardens. I know how you feel about coming home. It is always nice to sleep in your own bed.

kitsapFG said...

Amen to coming home and eating real food! Eating out is a treat now and then but honestly, I am hankering for fresh food soon after I am away from home.

Welcome back and looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!

The Mom said...

Daphne, I love my bed!

Laura, I'm completely burnt out on restaurants.