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October, 2011 Issue #125

 

SCOTT FERGUSON - July 14, 1956 to October 25, 2011

    

We are saddened by the passing of a good friend, Bob's cousin Scott whose lifelong battle with cancer ended on October 25.  Bob snapped this picture in a Washington cranberry bog during our stay with Scott and his wife Rowena over Thanksgiving week, 2007.  Camille is pointing to the cranberries Scott is holding in his hand.  We were clowning for the camera which was par for the course where Scott was concerned.  Scott was the first of Bob's family to welcome Camille with open arms and stayed close over the years.  He will be sorely missed.

A couple of weeks after our Thanksgiving visit, Scott sent this picture of him and his wife doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle through beautiful country.  The next time we hear thunder, we might  wonder whether Scott is starting up his engine for a ride across the sky.

 

LOCAL FOOD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT OR WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT

 

Our lives are rich in deliciousness, from wild mushrooms to home brew.  More food pics at:  Local Food October 2011

 

SHAKORI

 

October weather was perfect for all the usual October activities, including Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

 

GNOMES AND TROLLIES

 

Only at Shakori!

 

TUBA OR NOT TUBA

Shakori again - Bob stumbled across this fine instrument at one of the many campsites and took a turn at making sounds from it.

 

DANCING APHIDS

 

These little critters are really creepy.  Imagine them in motion or check out this You Tube clip.  Camille first saw an example of Beech Blight Aphids during a horseback ride and later saw these in the woods behind our home.  Hard to believe we've never noticed these as surely, they must have been within our range of vision before now.

 

CAMILLE'S FAVORITE TREE

 

Speaking of beeches, there is a place in the woods where the trail curves around a knoll and a stately beech tree stands sentinel over the forest world below.  Camille finds it refreshing to walk out to this spot, step off the trail and place her palms on the smooth bark of her favorite tree.

 

PLAYING WITH FIRE

 

Garth waited until extinguishing the flames before removing the candles from his birthday cake.  Jason borrowed Jim's fire pins and juggled them in our back yard after dinner.  Brave men, both.

 

BUSY WEEKEND

 

We partied at the Plant Friday evening in honor of the Dogwood Alliance and celebrated Chatham Marketplace's 5th anniversary and Coop Day on Saturday.  Thank you Tami and Marian for taking such nice pictures!

 

SUNDAY RIDE AND RICE SALE

 

Camille climbed aboard Sonny and joined her girl friends for a nice, long ride on Sunday Morning .  Later that afternoon, neighbors Haruka and Jason offered their new rice crop for sale to the public.  More horse pictures here: Riding with Peg and Company  And more pictures of the rice sale on the  Local Food October 2011 page.

 

BANANA MOVING

 

Lyle and Arlo took on the chore of moving the banana plants at the Plant indoors for the winter on Saturday, October 29th before the first light freeze of the season. 

 

SORGHUM SYRUP

 

Hillary, Chris and others gathered at the Plant to boil sorghum syrup into molasses.  Thank you for the jar of molasses you left for us!

 

PUMPKIN CARVING

 

Our best buddies came over the day before Halloween to carve pumpkins.  Haruka and I scooped out the seeds and Jason roasted them in the oven while we cut away places for the candle light to show through.

 

There was a good deal of technical advice going back and forth.  

 

When we were finished, we lit up our masterpieces and they came to life.

 

TRICK OR TREAT

At least once a year, it's way fun to go out and be scary.

 

HOUSEWARMING PARTY

 

Matt threw a housewarming party on Halloween and many of our favorite people were there including Lyle and Tami and Scarlet who came as Salvador Dali.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"Rice is the best, the most nutritive and unquestionably the most widespread staple in the world." - Escoffier

"So often we think we have to make a difference and be a big dog. Let us just try to be little fleas biting.  Enough fleas biting strategically can make a big dog very uncomfortable." - Marian Wright Edelman

" To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth." - Pearl S. Buck

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