This video shows me walking through a Swap-O-Rama-Rama. It just appeared on YouTube. I remember taping it, gosh I think it was two years ago and if I remember correctly I had just contracted lyme disease and had a really high fever and was considering going to the hospital. You'd never know! Anyway, it's pretty good check it out.
Remember last weeks podcast that featured Wendy and I talking about our departure from city life? Well this week Mark from Citizen Reporter put out a fresh episode with our friends Jay and Ryanne. Jay & Ryanne are probably the only people we have managed to convince to leave the city and spend some of their retirement early in order to enjoy the good life. They have made a fine home for themselves in Virginia and are dealing with the kind of small town problems that you see everywhere.
We rotate between raw yogurt smoothies and fresh juice for breakfast. While our peach tree continues to hemorage peaches we have been enjoying a peach, honey, yogurt, vanilla, ice and cream smoothie.
Our weekly wine, bread, cheese and kombucha routine continues right through harvest season. This week we racked another kit wine of Shiraz, made a french bread, made a romano cheese wheel and cycled another batch of prickly pear kombucha.
I am glad we did not get all full size fruit trees, we got more than a few dwarfs. And any future fruit trees that I buy will be dwarfs. Today we tried to pit and freeze one day's picks from our peach tree plus we juiced some apples from yesterday's trip to the farm where we picked 4 bags of apples.
Peaches are continuously falling from our 3 year old dwarf peach tree. We've been ripening them indoors in covered bowls and will today freeze them for smoothies all winter. Of course a cobbler was made and brought over to our friends apple orchard where we celebrated the equinox and picked apples. The only traffic you'll find in the nearby village of Monticello is a large slow congregation of cows.
While the economy wavers throughout the US there remains opportunity for those who know where to look. T or C's main drag, Broadway, is a good example of this. It is lively with businesses owned by people who have the insight to read the economic climate and recognize how to work within it, they sell used merchandise. Our thrift shops thrive.
It's time for autumn harvest crepes that bring together autumn veggies that are in season this time of year. For the filling I fried garlic and shallots with okra and beet greens that I seasoned with cumin and nutmeg. When this cooked down some I added fresh tomatoes and cooked it just a bit more. This mix is scooped into a crepe which has a smear of goat cheese, fresh chives and a little fresh basil. Of course the veg mix can change based on what's in the garden but this particular mix is one of my favorites.
This quality entices an uncountable number of passers by to stop to fill their gas tanks and then look deeper. It is not uncommon for travelers to say, "whoops I bought a property."
Our friend Josh Bond has taken on one of the bigger projects in the area. He bought himself part of a 150 year old town including the old bar which is rumored to have been visited by famous outlaws. Ghost hunters have rigged his place with equipment and made the claim that entities other than Josh are frequenting the place. It's a cool old place that needs a whole lotta work. You'd have to expect that from a 150 year old desert ghost town.
If New Mexico were a person he/she'd be a trickster, maybe a seller of snake oil. That's ok. And we like her because sometimes we all need a little help otherwise we might forget to dream big.
Read this bit about Josh's place in True West Magazine.
And check out this recent piece on local painter David Farrell.
As luck would have it I planted both of these next to a porch and double sliding glass door so they would shade these areas all summer and then let the south sun in by loosing their leaves in the winter. Looks like I got just the opposite. I will take my chances on loosing them and move them this winter when they've gone dormant.
Our tomato plants have been nothing to brag about this summer. We have produced just enough to avoid buying tomatoes from the farmers market. Normally we would have quite a few jars of tomato sauce saved up for the winter, but this year we have none. I've just kicked off our first round of sun-dried tomatoes. My hope is that we will reach at least 3 quarts of sun-dried tomatoes by the end of the warm season.
HS blog readers what can you tell me about my mailbox? It's all fun and contains no bills. This is the result of a continued effort to uncommodify my life and in particular my mailbox. I consider the box my personal space and I am determined to choose it's vibe. I like handwritten letters and gifts and so I decided that is what I would have in my mailbox. I don't like bills or advertisements. Every time I get an advertisement or junk mail I write or call the sender and put an end to it. I rarely get any junk mail. I receive bills electronically. Since I hand write letters and send gifts many do the same to me. It is that simple.
The mailbox can and should be a place of wonder and surprise not dread.
Images: two of about a dozen of our beds
One of the best things about having a blog is asking blog readers what the mysterious life forms that are growing in my garden are called. Here's the latest. . . this plant grows in bunches of tall sticks (3' at the tallest) and seem to be without roots. When I pull a stalk up and look at the base the cylinder is filled with a spongelike substance. Anyone?