Great Expectations

  (Mooresville, Indiana)
A Journey Into The Unknown!

Not exactly our best year ever...

So, we are winding down the second "real" growing season since moving to our little farm.  We've been here 3 summers but we were so busy renovating that first summer that everything was pretty much up in the air.

Last summer I was awash with enthusiasm and delighted in how brilliant we had become in such a short period of time.  My feet are a bit more planted on earth at the conclusion of this summer, I must say!  Nothing "bad" has happened, per se.  Perhaps a bit of the glow has dimmed.

Before you think I'm disillusioned with our life in the country, let me say this is not true at all!  We love it more than ever but I think we ran out of steam. My husband has tried to do too much without really completing a task in a systematic way - my style more than his.  Frustration with that has made me drag my feet with pitching in to help complete the work.  Couple that with the garden from, well, think HOT! and you get the picture - it's been a hard year.

That said, the turkeys are getting to the point where they are going to start struttin' their stuff, the leaves are beginning to change colors and there is a nip in the air... I think we're gearing up for another run at it all over again next spring!

Gotta love the country life!

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Hang in there! It only gets better.

We've had a small farm for 4 yrs now (Northwest U.S.). We've weathered (learned) a lot. Moved to the farm in Sept. and found out the following July that our well (only water supply) runs dry every July - Aug..

Ever experience a first-time-mother sow reject a whole litter? It was our first "pig project". Raised that litter in the house. It was too cold in the barn and they all had to be bottle fed round the clock.

You fix/adapt, learn from the "old timers" and laugh a lot. Wouldn't trade it for anything!

Started to can yet? Time to fill the freezer, cupboards, and barn. ;-)

Posted by Reboot2009 on October 09, 2009 at 07:40 AM CDT #

Thanks for the encouragement. Yep, doing a lot of canning although this year doesn't begin to compare with last year's bumper crop. This is our reality check year. We thought we were pretty spectacular last year! It's good to be reminded we are just borrowing the land.

Posted by Candace on October 09, 2009 at 08:05 AM CDT #

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