TROUTS LATEST PHOTOS
In which we celebrate fourteen years of marriage and much, much more
July, 2008 - Issue #86
THEN AND NOW
It's all about the love! In 1994, Camille and Bob had fun playing around in one of those photo booths where you get a strip of four photos for a dollar. They liked this shot so much, they sent it to the newspaper with their engagement announcement. Fourteen years later, we're still playing around, this time posing with a fresh loaf of bread. If you look closely, you'll see that Camille carved an Anniversary Heart into the dough before putting it into the oven. Click the photo for a better look.
SPEAKING OF LOVE!
Don't we love those hay bales! To revel in an entire page of picturesque early morning hay bale and lovely pond pictures, click on Hay Bales.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Cookie with food in her hands, in this case - green beans from Jack. Bob snapped this picture of the black snake making its daily rounds.
STORMY WEATHER AT AUGUSTA
The clouds moved in just as we were finishing a round of Frisbee Golf at Lyle's Augusta course on July 8th.
Jason and Bob made it to the house moments before the skies broke loose with rain!
Another new piece of lab equipment for Bob and Andy to play around with. They are having a good time setting up a Biodiesel testing lab at Central Carolina Community College.
MATT'S BACK AND DAVID'S DOWN!
Matt Steiman brought Andrew and Sarah to Pittsboro and we were tickled that they opted to stay at Camelina. They squeezed an amazing number of activities into their two days here, including a game of Frisbee golf at, you guessed it - Augusta. This was the fateful game in which David blew out his ACL on his first throw. Here he sits out the game with an ice pack and his faithful dog, Giant. More on these stories at Hotel Camelina
TAKING THINGS AT THE HOME FRONT UP A NOTCH
We've discovered the path to a thick, crispy crust. Place a Dutch oven inside the oven and heat to 450 degrees (or 500 for sourdough.) Toss the dough into the Dutch oven and close the lid. After thirty minutes, turn the heat down fifty degrees and remove the lid, baking for fifteen more minutes. Bob found this trick at Breadtopia.
Bob also crafted a snazzy bird bath from a vinegar bottle and two plant pot saucers. Bob hung the bottle from the bird feeder and anchored one of the saucers with a rock. To make the water drip, he punched a small hole in the bottom of the plastic bottle and loosened the cap a little.
WEEDING WITH KIM
Camille has been helping Kim bring the grounds at Piedmont Biodiesel into frame. Kim is great to work with and has an eye for beauty. For more photos, click on Biodiversity.
CROOK NECKED PUMPKIN
This enormous squash (our largest squash is about thirty inches long) is a favorite of the Pennsylvania Dutch because it is prolific and tasty. It is related to the butternut squash and can be used to make delicious pies. We're looking forward to seeing how large these get and how long we can store them. Who knows - they might just help see us through the winter!
CHARD AND HOPS
The chard is still plugging along and the hops are climbing up their trellis just like they should.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Bob has been keeping these beautiful and hardy scabiosa flowers on Camille's desk. He is also quick to spot interesting wildlife in the garden or out by the compost pile.
Bob has been actively planting mushrooms, identifying wild mushrooms and teaching others about mushrooms. He gave a mushroom workshop through the Abundance Foundation. For more mushroom photos go to Mushrooms at Camelina
THE FIRST EDAMAME OF THE SEASON
Tender little pods of buttery goodness. Camille pulled the pods from their stalks, boiled them and squeezed the edamame out.
THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” - Mahatma Gandhi
“The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.” - Russian Proverb
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Berthold Auerbach
"People will need their food to come from local sources, they will need their clothing and fuel to come from near, crafts and the arts in general will help to denote region and lend important identity rather than be lost to the vulgar brokers of the momentarily chic." - Lynn R. Miller, Small Farmer's Journal
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