Had a great day today – it started out with Pete and me giving them the compost, property, and garden tour. We did not spend too much time with the horses. I intend to work with them tomorrow.
The weather was better, mostly sunny with a few rain spurts.
We went to our friend Gene’s place of work. Gene runs a concrete business – he makes precast vaults for utilities. He gave Eva his garden tour while his co-worker (a woman) gave Jacki and me the concrete tour. I was rather awed by this fast talking cigarette smoking woman. She is extremely capable and hands-on – it sounds to me that she is really Gene’s right hand woman – she too does the concrete work.
I wanted Eva to see Gene’s compost facility and he did not disappoint. He has insulated his pallet set up. And he breaks up his manure by putting it in a concrete mixer with rocks. And he turns over his compost with pipe with some holes in it connected to his air compressor. Then after it becomes compost he uses it in his garden.
After, we stopped by our friends Dick and Mariann Stoffel’s place. Right now, in addition to their four horses, they have two mules on the premises. Mariann does not know where they came from, just that they are feeding them for free. Mariann and Dick currently have a caretaker, so the animals are being fed.
We headed home and then picked cabbages and made sauerkraut. It is the best cabbage year that we’ve ever had – the dozen or so cabbages are huge and we are giving some away. The peas and beans are also plentiful this year.
As I have said repeatedly, I have a lot to be thankful for. I do lead a charmed life. I live in this nice place and fortunately it is not too hot. I have these wonderful animals, great friends and a partner who loves to garden.
I am right now a bit anxious though because I am wondering how I am going to keep my friends entertained for the next few days. We’ll see. The winds of change don’t blow so strange.
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