Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Down on the Farm

Can you guess where I was today?  Rubber boots. Dirty kneesThey can only mean one thing.  Spring is here and I spent my morning at Sleeping Cougar Acres.  It was my first working visit in a while, and I was thrilled to be back.

It was perfect weather for working outside.  Sunny, but not too hot. It felt wonderful to be back.

The greenhouse was full of exciting things for this year's garden.

The mason bees were busy being bees.  This house just went up, and already there are new tenants.  If you look closely at the lower hole of the first "E", you can see where they've moved in.

L and I decided we'd better get busy too.  First we emptied all the weed-filled buckets in the vineyard.  I got to drive the tractor. That's always fun; particularly when I can't quite remember what I learned last year.  

We then worked on refilling the same buckets with more weeds.  It's a never-ending job, but at least I know there will always be something for me to do.  Today we worked to the accompaniment of ravens quorking in the trees and Snowbirds zooming overhead.  There's always someone or something flying over or wandering by as we work.

Above is the site supervisor making sure we both stayed on track.  When we had completed our work to his satisfaction we headed to the house.  L served homemade grape sorbet, made with juice from last year's harvest, and homemade pizzelles. You can understand why I keep going back!

On the way home I stopped at Brambles to see what was new.  I timed it perfectly.  They had just received Island-grown strawberries.  First of the season.  We'll have those with whipped cream for dinner tonight.  Between the appetite I worked up at the farm and the promise of fresh, local strawberries I can hardly wait to eat!


  1. Fresh strawberries already! Mmmm...

    I can't wait to get some fresh strawberries here.

  2. Hi Samantha,
    The berries were from down-island. I don't know what magic they use to encourage them to produce so early in the season; we're nowhere near berry season mid-island. All I know is that they're organic, they're delicious and as of this morning my most recent basket is all gone!


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