Archive for November, 2011
How’s this for wonderful – we’ll be eating fresh lettuce out of the garden into December!
We’ve picked a bunch for the fridge, to guarantee December lettuce. Any day we could get that first day it’s in the low teens at night and not above freezing during the day to finally kill it off.
This year, we will be once again selling Christmas trees at Wheatsfield Grocery in Ames and off the farm.
Weather depending, we’ll be at Wheatsfield Sat Dec 3 from 10-4, Sunday Dec 4 from 12-4, and Sunday Dec 11 from 12-4. The trees will be cut on Friday December 2, so they’ll be a much fresher than the ones at Menards and Hy-Vee that were probably cut early to mid November. We’ll also sell them from the farm as cut your own by arrangement.
This Thanksgiving, most of the items on the table were raised/grown on the farm.
The smoked lamb and turkey were simple, rustic smoked, and to die for!
Most everyone’s favorite side dish.
Some international flavors delivered by the saag.
Finally, some roasted Brussels sprouts.
After seeing the turbine blades lifted in a dramatic night-time maneuver, we thought we’d go check out one not quite built to get a scale of these turbines.
The towers are made of three sections. This is the bottom of a yet unattached top tower section.
Here’s the top of the same (third) section – not much room for a person to squeeze through.
Emma with 2/3 of the tower built, along with the blade assembly still on the ground.
Had to take 30 seconds out of the day to grab this fall sunset.
We all need to smell the roses while we still can!
Sometimes we humans think we’re the only ones that nurture our children and prepare them for a life of future emotional and financial success.
Evidently, as Emma noted as we were driving down highway 30 near Nevada, IA – it must have been “Take Your Crane to Work Day.” I sure hope the child crane enjoyed the day with its parent on the job site.
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Winter peeked its head in a bit early this winter. Thought it try to intrude on late fall a bit.
Although it was a good try, by afternoon, most of the snow was melted.
Now that is is dark before dinnertime, today we noticed that one of the new wind towers to the south was illuminated. It looked rather cool from a distance, a massive gleaming white tower, looking like an Atlas rocket, growing out of where there was nothing a few days ago.
So we ate dinner, and after dinner tasks and thought we’d drive down to see how close we’d get and to measure just how far they were from our house.
When we arrived, we were in for a surprise. We could get fairly close and at first it looked like they were raising a blade with the crane, but then realized it was all three blades at once going up together.
The blade assembly slowly lifted into the night air.
The crane must have been about 300 feet tall. Each of the more horizontal blades also had support guy wires on them
Finally, in the dark, calm of the evening, punctuated only by the sound of the crane winch, the blade assembly was in place. This tower is 2.8 miles south and a mile east of our place.
Broke down and attended the Iowa State football game this weekend. Brought the kids along and sat in the cheap seats, er cheap grass, 4 tix, 4 dogs, 4 pops, for 40 bills for hillside seating. Two of us found a couple of seats at midfield and the rest stayed on the hillside.
Before the game, the ISU band invited the KU band over for some pre-game frivolity, one section at a time.
At halftime, got to see over 600 marching band members from the combined bands play the 1812 overture!
Could this be the world’s most hated vegetable? The lowly brussels sprouts?
Brussels sprouts are a great crop because they aren’t much good until after a hard frost, and are one of the last fresh crops out of the garden. Many people can’t stand them, in part, to the chemical that get released after overcooking in boiling water.
This weekend marked a different kind of milestone – something significant getting subtracted from the farm. We sold the last of the sheep and goats today. It was a bittersweet time as the four-leggeds had been part of the farm for a long time. But realistically, we have no right trying to squeeze the animals into our schedules.
So, this winter, the barn will be silent. We’ll see next spring if we can stand not having any return, but for this winter, so hay sourcing, no trudging to the barn in the cold and dark hours before dawn to attend to food and water before heading off to work.
We might enjoy the spring and not having to be around most of March or April waiting for the ewes and does to give birth. But, the animals also added life to the farm, and we are firm believers in having a complete system of animals and crops. We’ll still have chickens and turkeys to provide some fertility.