Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sweatshirt weather

We're having some lovely sweatshirt weather -- at least in the mornings!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mid-September outside

These first weeks of September have graced us with several glorious days -- cool (almost chilly) mornings, bright sun and blessedly low humidity.  Perfect days to be outside. And, that we have been.


I love the ground fog we often get this time of year.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


I don't know which I think is prettier -- the sunset or the flag.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An afternoon walk

Doesn't everyone go for an afternoon walk with their geese?  (In their brand-new New Balance sneakers.)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Ahhh, the 'bers!

Ahhh, September.  As my dear friend Cindy says, the "ber" months are my favorite.   But, before we get too far into the first of the 'bers, here's a little rundown on the end of August.

Glenn was here for ten days -- just in time to celebrate his 65th birthday with us.  Erika made chocolate mousse -- one of his all time favorite things -- for dessert after his birthday dinner of a Lakota Devon  Porterhouse and scalloped potatoes (from Christian's potato patch.  He was happy to get to spend a lot of time out at the house watching his beautiful design take shape.

Here's a peek at the house from the woods.

The view of the house as you drive up to it from the road.

The porches formed and ready for the concrete.

Finley and her "Ba-Pa" watching the process.

Construction of the porch roof is scheduled for this coming week.

The house doesn't have stairs yet, so the foreman of the construction crew took us up to the second floor in this bucket:

The building of our house is a pretty big part of our lives right now, but there were other things going on in late August, as well.

Looking for animal tracks.

Searching for eggs laid in places other than the nest boxes.  (These are in the goats' hay storage.)

Digging potatoes.


Playing peek-a-boo.

A bonfire on a night that was just barely cool enough for the fire to feel good.

An antiquing road trip over the mountains into the Shenandoah Valley.

Moon watching.

A trolley trip sponsored by the Virginia Piedmont Environmental Council out to a local winery.  The series of five tours is designed to highlight some of the interesting, small, innovative agriculture-related activities taking place in the Piedmont area.   The wine was OK, but the vodka and tequila distilled on the property were even better!

Meeting someone just a month or two older (but significantly taller!)

More moon watching.

Continuing her mastery of the fork begun on vacation with Christian's family.

Second canning of sweet banana peppers grown by my new friend Lana. (Glenn liked them so much we vacuum sealed a jar of them in plastic and he took them home in his checked bag.)

August was a good month and this first 'ber is starting out just as well.