I think I have figured out why I am having trouble keeping up with this blog.
Yes, I am busy. Who isn’t?
Yes, we’ve had a few unexpected events this year. Who hasn’t?
But I think the truth is that when I hit my one year blogging anniversary back in August (I think), I began to feel like I was posting the same things all over again.
Because a farm rolls on the seasons, we pretty much do the same things at the same time every year. So, I feel like I really don’t have anything to write that you all haven’t read before. At least it takes a lot more effort to think of something that won’t have you yawning.
So any blog entry ideas are welcomed. Any specific questions about what we do might be helpful too.
In the meantime, I found these photos and realized I never got around to telling this story…
Back in the summer I was chatting with my young friend about farming. She mentioned that she would love to know how to butcher her own meat. She happen to think it was a skill worth having, but alas, she is a “townie” and hasn’t the opportunity.
You know I couldn’t let that pass.
We made arrangements for her and any friends, siblings or acquaintances that wanted to come to be at the farm bright and early one Saturday to butcher two Freedom Rangers that I saved out just for them.
To say I was impressed with them is an understatement. None was shy about jumping right in. Alicia asked if she could please kill one bird. She just wanted to know that she could do it. (That is a very good thing to know about one’s self.) Cherry turned out to be a very good “gutter”. I don’t know why I was surprised that Gwen came. But I was, and pleasantly so. Simeon was there too. And what better way to get to know your fiancée than to go a-butchering?
Plucking went easier than I expected. And I was grateful because it is my very least favorite part.
When the rest of their family showed up, we put naked birds on ice and went inside for a waffle brunch.
What an honor to send those birds home with them. And what a blessing to spend a whole morning with such an uncommonly common-sensical group of people.