Archive for September, 2009

Winding down…or so they tell me…

September 19, 2009

Harvest time is in full swing…Boz finally came on Tuesday and got the two pigs.  I picked up the pork yesterday; we had a very succulent pork roast last night…I know, I know, Tom, Friday!  But I got my days mixed up and we had fish on Thursday, so I dispensed the Friday rule for once.

Last Saturday we went to a most remarkable concert at the Lebanon Opera House, not one, not two, but FOUR Brandenburg Concerti played by a remarkable group called the Camerata New England, who were joined for another couple of pieces between the concerti by four talented high school string players, giving them the opportunity to play with really good instrumentalists.  They were wonderful…and all stood (except the cellists and base players, of course), and moved around a lot in place (body movements) which was at first disconcerting (no pun intended) but then became part of the concert, somehow…In some cases, I think it was the lead signaling the others and keeping time for everyone to follow…Anyway, it was a great concert and a reviver of spirits brought low waiting for the butcher to show up. (I sure would rather have a definite date, rather than “I’ll call you,” but he’s very good, comes to the house to get the pigs, and does a great job of cutting and wrapping, so…Not knowing exactly when is hard, because the sheep all have to be moved to accommodate his truck’s getting to the back pasture, and they were running out of pasture by the time he got here…Plus, I have lambs to go and had to catch them…for he said I should bring them when I pick up the pork, and they’re heavy, so I need help lifting them into the truck.  Turned out he wanted to wait on the lambs til Monday, so tomorrow night, we’ll put them in the back of the pick up, hopefully.

Tuesday I went to spinning, picking up fleeces from two friends along the way to sell at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival (first weekend in October, Tunbridge Fairgrounds)…and in Wilder, was rear ended by a white haired lady who was beside herself with embarrassment.  Neither of us was hurt.  Both cars have damage.  Just another minor inconvenience for the most part.  Lucky for us, we could both drive away and had no injuries.

Last week I received the news that my first church in N.J., Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion (a mouthful to answer the phone!), is closing its doors…not enough people to sustain the plant and pay a priest…this is very sad…I have NEVER come across a church where the people are so wonderful, so willing to roll up their sleeves and do whatever needs doing in the community, so willing to read and grow and so accepting of everyone who comes through the doors.  Today, we visited a former parishioner there, who moved back to Vermont (she had lived there before N.J.), and talked of the church…and many other things.  We are hoping to get down there between now and the last service, which I understand is to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church, Oct. 24th. I’m sort of surprised that all the old rectors and vicars have not been sent invitations to come to that service and celebrate with the congregation…

Monday, six lambs go to the butcher.  The meat birds are growing fast and furious, are now eating 40 pounds of grain a day, plus four buckets of water…About four more weeks and they go in the freezer.  The summer squash continues to come in, but with no pigs to feed them to, they go to the neighbor; I don’t like summer squash.  I’ve been using the potimarron squash to make soup with and freeze…as we finish a chicken and I have the carcass to make broth from…

I think it will really be several weeks before things really WIND DOWN, but at least I’m getting stuff done little by little.

It is supposed to be 35 tonight and possible frost…It’s been chilly all day…but after this night, the weather is supposed to moderate again…Never got my winter sweater off today…

Okay, need to wind down with Netflix…and knitting…