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November, 2011 Issue #126

 

TURKEY WALK

 

On November 2nd, we looked out the window and saw a lone tom turkey strolling across our yard. Camille grabbed the camera and caught an image of it in front of the greenhouse. The compost pile was steaming in the cold morning air as the sun began to touch the leaves of the paw paw seedling.

 

WINTER GARDEN

 

Bob is doing a great job of keeping garden calories flowing through the cunning use of straw bales, cast off windows, row cover material and plastic cold frames.

 

A WALK WITH SHANE

 

It was unseasonably warm on November 3rd so Camille wandered out for a walk and picked up Shane along the way.

 

SECRETS

 

There are secrets in the woods, like this little shack which you can only see from the main path if you know at what point to peer up the hill.

 

BUILD YOUR OWN STORY

   

The detritus inspired more questions than we had answers for.

 

SUNDAY DINNER ON SATURDAY

 

Still no hard freeze by November 5th and the Bradford pear is holding onto its leaves. But the evenings are cool enough to enjoy a steaming plate of mashed potatoes, gravy, roasted broccoli, and the last of the seitan. Getting together for Sunday dinner isn't as easy as it used to be now that Amy, Molly and Shane often work in the evenings, so we take the opportunity for a family meal when we can get it. 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 

On November 13th, Bob pointed Blanche towards Durham where we met out homies Haruka and Jason in the parking lot of the Sheraton Imperial Hotel for an agricultural conference.

 

26TH ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE

   

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual conference was in Durham this year so we went for the first time. We'd long been hearing about the dynamite synergy that occurs at these conferences and this year's event met all expectations. Amy joined us on Sunday to attend Jason and Haruka's "Growing Rice in North Carolina" workshop. We were happy to spend a little time chatting with Eric Henry of TS Designs. 

 

GOOD ENERGY AT THE BEND AND AT THE PLANT

 

Rachel is living next door to Tami and Lyle and brings good energy to the bend. Nicole has been working the land at Piedmont Biofarm, bringing good vibes to the Plant. 

 

SKILLS

 

Bob has been learning to work on machinery ever since managing Mountain Equestrian Trails in Belize fourteen years ago. That resort was so remote that we had to learn basic skills like how to repair the well pump or hit a horse's jugular with a syringe. Bob's latest mechanical triumph is the mower deck which he rebuilt himself in our garage.

Meanwhile, Camille has been developing her scavenging skills and scored this cute red hat at the PTA Thrift Store. The jacket came from Second Bloom, another great scavenging spot in town.

 

COLORS OF THE DAY

Bob captured this image of our sastun collection. Every paperweight, marble and crystal in this little bowl represent a time and a place. Sastuns are the Mayan equivalent of a crystal ball. While living in Belize, we read Rosita Arvigo's book "Sastun" which was the fascinating account of her journey into Mayan medicine.

 

THANKSGIVING!

 

We all cooked up an tasty fall meal this year in honor of our manifest destiny and a spectacular fall harvest. 

 

WALKING IT OFF

 

Naturally, we needed to walk off dinner before tackling dessert. More photos on: Thanksgiving in Moncure - 2011

 

BADMINTON TOURNAMENT 

 

Tami and Lyle threw a Badminton lawn party the day after Thanksgiving so we walked over with some veggies and dip. It was great to be outside with a gang of happy folk.  We played badminton and Randy taught Camille how to toss a football behind her back. Thanks for the great photos, Tami!

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"So strong is the stranglehold of capitalism on our thoughts and discourse that to suggest that the real world, that life on Earth, is more real and more important than capitalism is to commit blasphemy." - Derrick Jensen

"At a time of mounting public concern about climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels, the world fossil fuel industry is still being subsidized by taxpayers at more than $210 billion per year." - Lester R. Brown

"Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy." - Dick Cheney

"It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning." - Bill Watterson

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