"Your body is not a temple; It's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride." -Anthony Bourdian 1956-2018 - *Words to live by. * Bourdain visited Detroit in 2013 to shoot an episode of *Parts Unknown* and came away with a better appreciation and understanding of t...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
My latest iTunes download:
Claremont Records, founded by one of the guys in Can, released a 5 year anniversary compilation
Really nice collection of cover songs by my favorite foxy twins band
Yes I love her
Beautiful record by the guy from Yellow Magic Orchestra
I fell in love with them when I recently saw Big Easy Express
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
One of the farmers at the market gave me these carrots - he said they were "of no use to him" because some of them were short and had grown split at the bottom
...so what can you do? Pickle 'em! These are kind of a raw carrot pickle
Friday, October 25, 2013
New feral barn cats Mama and Baba. Neighbors of my parents trap, fix and release strays, and since my first barn cat Mama moved out, I was in need of some mousers for the coming Winter. They are small black kitties, a mama cat and her son. This is them right after being installed in the insulated cat condo that will be their house in the big barn. I have not seen them since they arrived, but their food is eaten, so I am sure they are in there somewhere.
My hen Blackie, who was sitting on 6 eggs, did not hatch any of them, which makes me think they weren't fertile eggs after all. She is now trying to hatch a single egg from one of my own hens, so in a few weeks, we should have a chick, maybe.
Poor Rita, the sweet hen I adopted a few weeks ago, died this past weekend. I don't think she was well when I got her, but at least she enjoyed a few weeks of sunshine and fresh air before she died. She was a beautiful and sweet hen.
The rabbits are doing fine - they are hearty Winter animals, so while they can go inside the barn at night if they choose, every morning I find them out in the morning frost in the hen yard, waiting for their breakfast. Licky is super friendly, runs up to greet you like a dog, and loves being held. They love dried banana chips.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
New and improved milk can lift and pouring system, masterminded my Mike Kurta, of course. A 500 lb. electric winch makes lifting the full milk can, which weighs between 90 and 130 pounds depending on how full it is, a breeze. Dad designed the girdle that clamps around the can itself, with two ropes attached to a central hanger for easy and smooth tipping
The old system - a hand cranked come-along and nothing but your own strength to pour out the milk. It would slosh everywhere. It worked but wasn't smooth and took a long time.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I spent some time at the glorious and renown Vermont Shepherd creamery
Their enormous barn with cheese cloths drying on the line
a couple of their many farm dogs
border collies represent
cheese cave this way
the exterior of their cheese packaging room and cave built into a hillside
the shipping area - looks like Boss Mouse
I love bulletin boards - upper left is an old photograph of draft sheep pulling a sleigh through the Vermont snow; lower right a pickup bed full of border collies
shelves of cheese in the cave
fresh wheels in the brine covered in a diamond layer of rock salt
our beautiful sisters