We had a wonderful group and although it did rain one day pretty hard, we switched up our schedule and went right ahead indoors. Due to a few folks’ emergencies, our intended fifteen attendees ended up being ten, but all were super fun and interested in everything. We had trouble cramming in all we wanted to teach into just three days! Canning was a class everyone wanted to participate in, so we spent extra time on that, canning both chicken breasts and ground beef. (No exploding canners and everyone was thrilled that it was so easy.) One woman went right ahead and stopped at a store and bought her very first pressure canner! Yea Mel!
Will held a class on how to build a simple hoop house and everyone helped out, enjoying every bit. It was so fun to see folks try out some of our DeWalt battery powered tools like the driver, nailer, and drill. Will let folks try driving lag bolts in the barn pole uprights, both by hand, using a ratchet wrench and then a DeWalt impact wrench. Guess which was much easier? He also showed folks how to operate our bandsaw mill. We had people from Florida to just a few miles away, so it was a great get-together and I’m sure we’ll all keep in contact. What a neat way to make lasting friends. We’ll miss doing the seminars but due to my age (75) and energy level, it has to be our last. But it sure was fun!
Today it’s back to work. Will went out to cut hay as it had quit raining. Yes, we did get rain! We got more than an inch in two systems. Thanks God! The pasture is greening up and it looks like I may even have a lawn again. The gardens look great. The pumpkins are fantastic! There are truck loads out there. And I’ll be canning sweet corn soon. The bags we stapled over the Seneca Sunrise sweet corn have completely stopped the Blue Jays. Now I’ve got to get them over the Bear Island corn as they’re getting into that too. Hey, I put out corn for them and sunflower seeds too. But noooo, they want our special corn. Does that tell us something? — Jackie