As Dan drove up the driveway home from work last night, Nathan and I had stepped out the front door, straining to see if there was a rainbow from the dark sky and sun combination, pleased to be rewarded with a big beautiful full rainbow framing our neighbor’s farm. By the headlights of the lawn mower, Dan frantically worked until dark trying to trim up the gigantic lawn. I lugged out the push mower after Nathan went to bed to trim around the fenced in big garden and the raspberry and strawberry patches. The grass was so long I had to really put some effort behind it to get it moving, and then as I got some momentum it would die as it was overwhelmed with long grass. I was sweating when I finally quit at 8:30, since my mower didn’t have headlights.
Saturday was a beauty! The three of us headed to a friend’s estate auction with our eyes on some bee supplies and a live trap we had borrowed before. Dan did win the bid for a few items, and he also was able to approach other bidders and ask if they were willing to split some of the bee-keeping supplies they had, and so we are all set for a hive this year. Nathan and I hung out in the shade of the orchard. Apple, plum and cherry trees were blooming as we snacked on bananas and boiled eggs, in our own little private picnic, watching the auction truck drive up and down the aisles. Dan and I are still new to keeping bees, having only one year of mentoring, but we are excited to try again.
After the auction, we hurriedly threw some seeds in the garden after Dan re-tilled the beds: carrots, peas, onions, lettuce, spinach, and beets. The broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are getting their true leaves in their transplant tray, and my experimental flowers seem to actually be sprouting! Yes! Dan and I have eaten two cuttings of asparagus already, so green and delicious. The garlic is tall and proud, ready to be mulched with grass whenever we can finish our lawn mowing project. Three of the goats look like they will kid in the next three weeks or so, and they are getting plenty of green grass, fresh air and bright sunshine.
Sunday I was invited to attend a Trades of Hope party. It was a party-with-a-purpose kind of situation with delicious goodies, but more importantly jewelry, bags, and scarves made by women in Bangledesh, Kenya, Uganda, Haiti and India who have been rescued from the sex trade and are now earning a sustainable income from our purchases. The pieces were just gorgeous! To find out more just Google the name and see if you can host a party to bring awareness, sell gorgeous pieces of jewelry and help empower women who have been in desperate circumstances. Here are a few pictures from the party:
This week we will be celebrating two very important birthdays: Dan’s 41st and Nathan’s 1st! Our theme for the party is 40+1 and we’ll be serving ice cream sundaes with 40+1 toppings. At first I wondered if we could come up with that many toppings, but when you start categorizing by nuts, candy, fruits, and syrups it was easy. Pictures to come next week!
And that’s the news this auction, pre-birthday and party-with-a-purpose week on the farm!