June 28, 2011 – Busload of Teachers Visits High Hopes

Today a busload of teachers visited the farm. The local Farm Bureau sponsors the event.

It was part of a tour educating teachers about different types of farms.

Although we only had a short time, Linda ushered them around the farm to tell the story of local agriculture.

They were lucky to get in safely – the driver cut the corner a bit close and dropped down three feet into the ditch and bottomed out the bus.

one year ago…”Garage Progress”

June 27, 2011 – Emma Visits St. Olaf

Emma’s 2nd college visit was to St. Olaf in Northfield, MN.

buntrock commons

It was very kind of them to put up a banner to welcome Emma to the visit day!

St Olaf Dining Hall

I can totally see how this dining hall might be decorated like the Great Hall in Harry Potter.

St. Olaf Lunch

I’m thinking it might be worthwhile to go back to college for four years, just to get meals like this every day.

Regents Hall Atrium

The Regents Science hall is one of the most impressive college campus buildings I’ve ever seen. It’s Leed certified and has abundant natural light. This is one of the corner atriums.

Regents Rooftop Garden

It has rooftop access to look out over the surrounding countryside and sit for a spell.

classic college building

In addition to the new buildings, it’s got some older ones to maintain the character of the place.

stained glass hockey stick, st olaf stained glass hockey stick

Rumor has it the yellow object in the center and middle of the stained glass behind the alter in the chapel is a hockey stick. Way to go Oles!

An amazingly relaxing place to sit is under the wind chime carillon.

Just a bit of the sound from the structure.

one year ago…”On-Farm Chicken Processing”

June 26, 2011 – Des Moines Art Fair

We haven’t been to the Des Moines Art Fair for a few years.  It’s highly competitive for artists to gain entry – last I heard it was in the top three in the nation in terms of highest artist revenue of all art fairs in the U.S.

Lots of fanciful wind turbines at this booth.

We couldn’t pass this piece up.  Many of you may know of the story of Linda’s camp name – Raven.  It’s much too long to relate here, but that’s all I knew about her the first six months I knew her. This fanciful piece with a raven and scrabble letters will find it’s way on a wall somewhere in our house

one year ago…”Cherry Pie”