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January, 2011 Issue #116

 

SECOND ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S DAY HOPPIN' JOHN PARTY

 

The first day of a new year is perfect for welcoming our friends to Trouts Farm.  A great time to get caught up, share a bowl of lucky black eyed peas, rice and greens, sip some champagne and orange juice, play some crokinole and get photos of our friends with the yard art.  More photos on this page:  Second Annual New Years Day Hoppin John Party

 

TUSCANY DAYS

 

These icy winter days are perfect for not driving.  Camille took advantage of a work at home day and walked over to Tami's to work at her kitchen table.  After a couple of hours, Jennie and Dana arrived to whisk Camille off for a walk in Tami's woods.  Both Jennie and Dana are jumping off into a new phase of their lives, Jennie is joining forces with a new farm and Dana will be volunteering her nursing expertise in Guatemala.

 

THE FROZEN SOUTH

 

Who knew we'd be chipping ice after moving to The South?  Bob and Camille took turns clearing ice from our entry ways in preparation for potluck.  The birds faced a feeder challenge after icicles barred their entry.  We thought they would just break the ice off but they were too tiny to break the icicles.  Instead, the finches and sparrows took turns squeezing between the icicles and getting a good feed while others fluttered outside looking for a way in.

 

SNOTTY SPOT

 

Bob and Camille both had colds this month and Spot looks a little snotty, too.  Didn't seem to bother him, though.

 

PROMISE OF WARMER DAYS

 

Even on the coldest days, a clear sky builds hope that winter will soon be over.

 

STARTING THE GARDEN

 

Bob is trying two seed starting methods this year, soil blocking on the left and winstrips on the right.

 

GROWING IT NEXT DOOR

 

Our fresh produce comes from Edible Earthscape's greenhouse next door.  Haruka plants seeds while Amy, Garth and Jason make a new bed using broad forks and rakes.  We are very pleased that Amy and Garth have moved to North Carolina this month and thrown in with our community.

 

APPRENTICE WORK

There's a lot to learn about farming and Jason is helping Amy and Garth learn.  Garth has been accepted as the new farm apprentice beginning in March.  Meanwhile, he and Amy are volunteering as they settle into their new home.

 

ALWAYS A GOOD TIME

Dinner with friends never fails to entertain and rejuvenate.  Shaine shares an after dinner laugh in our living room.

 

BUSY KITCHEN

 

From Peanut Brittle to Pizza, it was a busy month in the kitchen for the four of us.  Here's some more pictures: Cooking up a Storm

 

BOUQUETS

 

On Friday, Amy helped Haruka harvest and made beautiful chard bouquets.  On Saturday, Camille and Haruka went for a walk and came back with bouquets of holly, grasses and ferns.  Haruka's addition of eucalyptus from the green house added beauty and aromatherapy.

 

SAXAPAHAW

We joined the Piedmont Biofuels crowd for a ribbon cutting for their newest biodiesel tank in Saxapahaw.  Followed by drinks at The Eddy Pub. Tami shared  these great photos of Bob and Lyle, Lyle and Tami, Bob and Camille, Amy and Garth.

 

MAKING THE MOST OF A GLORIOUSLY WARM DAY

 

 

It only takes one unseasonably warm day to get us all outside with a healthy case of Spring fever.  That day came to us on January 30th and we decided to make the most of it.  Jason drove Haruka, Camille, Amy and Garth to nearby Shearon Harris park.  Jeremy joined Jason and Garth for a round of Disc Golf while Amy, Haruka and Camille went for a walk, stopping at a sunny meadow to do some hula hooping.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"We are losing our minds if we believe that the source of our power lies in a circle of rigs named Deepwater Horizon. The source of authentic power is housed in the sacred nature of life, interdependent and whole, where a reverence for what is both human and wild is not only cultivated but honored. We must see our denial of this truth for what it is: madness." - Terry Tempest Williams from "The Gulf Between Us"

"Every day, regardless of what else was happening on site whether our chores had been sabotaged by nature or our own mistakes, whether it was freezing cold or boiling hot, at high noon or three in the morning there would be a moment when I would pause, look around, and feel as if everything in the universe was right and good, that the world and my role in it were in complete harmony. I kid you not, this happened once a day, every day, no matter what." - Devin Ross

"There is no solution to the "drug problem," or to the problem of environmental destruction or the problem of nuclear weapons stockpiles, until and unless our self-image as a species is reconnected to the earth." -Terence McKenna, "Food of the Gods"

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