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8.30 AM and 110 degrees

July 23, 2011 Leave a comment
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0723110827.jpg, a photo by baldwinmk on Flickr.

I’m thinking it’s gonna be a warm one today.
Is it winter yet?

Until next time…..

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Or…. if a big tree falls on the family swimming pool – cut up the tree and the pool, and turn it into a sandbox. So that’s what we did. We spent part of a day last weekend notching the pieces of tree trunk “log cabin” style, setting them together, and cutting up the liner from the dead pool. Then this weekend we nailed the pieces of pool liner to the logs, got a pickup load of sand and finished the sandbox. Now all that’s left is to enjoy it.

Big enough for everyone

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Canning Peaches

July 17, 2011 1 comment
canning peaches by baldwinmk
canning peaches, a photo by baldwinmk on Flickr.

We set a new record last night; a bushel of peaches canned in 2 hours. With 6 helpers it goes much faster. And even though the idea of a 7-year old with a knife seems scary – he surprises us all the time with how mature he is. Now it’s time for the girls to make peach pit jelly while the guys go turn the dead pool, and killer tree into a sandbox. Watch for pix.

Until next time…..

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100% homemade pizza

July 17, 2011 Leave a comment
100% homemade pizza by baldwinmk
100% homemade pizza, a photo by baldwinmk on Flickr.

Thank you to Mrs. Lewis’s helpful hints at Rural Revolution, we are now able to have 100% homemade pizza. Homemade dough for the crust, homemade sauce, and now homemade cheese!!! Best pizza we EVER had.

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Until next time…..

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Bye Bye swimming pool

July 9, 2011 Leave a comment

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We had a horrendous storm last night after supper, seemed like a foot of rain in 10 minutes. At least it seemed that way looking at water rushing down the hill. Oh wait, that was from the swimming pool with the tree through the side. We lost the pool, but by an act of grace the tree missed the house by a foot or so.
Our neighbor’s “pond” he built a few weeks ago (with no drain) overflowed and eroded most of the bank away, but it didn’t completely collapse (yet). Driveway is covered in pond mud, yuck.
The goats took advantage of the fact the tree fell across their fence, and escaped in the middle of the storm, so I got the brilliant idea of cutting the tree off the fence in the middle of the downpour. Who needs a swimming pool, I can get just as wet standing in a rainstorm 🙂
But, we’re all safe, and to quote something from the series we’re reading now “All’s well that ends well”. God was protecting us last night for sure!

Check out the rest of the photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebaldwingang/sets/72157627152956996/

Until next time.

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Lunatic Farmer

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Some people call him a lunatic, I lean more towards genius. Try and make the time to watch the whole video. We had the opportunity to visit his farm in Swoope, Va this past spring and meet him briefly. It was slightly flooded, but what we did see was pretty impressive. He makes an EXTREMELY good point about food sovereignty vs. food slavery. He also talks about the importance of LOCAL COMMUNITY. How can you love your neighbor if you don’t know your neighbor? But it will take work on OUR part, not putting it off on ‘someone else’ to solve this stuff for us.

Salatin Project from rob walker on Vimeo.

Until next time…..

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