Archive for June, 2014

June 30, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

Don’t Forget!  The annual July 4th “Ringing of the Bells” ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Eric Sloane Museum.  This is a charming event and one that you will remember for years to come.

June 30, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

Look out!  Blonde driver!  Edith is learning to drive on my grandfather’s John Deere 214 garden tractor, a wonderfully built and incredibly temperamental machine.

June 30, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

Weather Hill Farm has chickens!  We have decided to try our hand at raising pastured chickens organically.  They are cute when they are young (luckily, they aren’t cute when they get older!)

June 25, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

Readers of this blog might recognize this Sassafrass tree from an earlier posting.  The tree is doing remarkably well.  Excerpted from our original sassafras posting:

“Sassafras is a tree very closely associated with America, although few now aew aware of its history.  As the early American wonder drug, it was our first money crop and object-in-trade of the first American cartel.  In 1622 the Jamestown Colony was committed by the crown to produce thirty tons of Sassafras, with a penalty of ten pounds of tobacco on each man who did not produce one hundred pounds of it.”

– Eric Sloane A Reverence for Wood p. 91

June 25, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

We visited an Old Order Menonite friend of ours who “re-rushed” a set of 18th century American Chippendale dining chairs for us.  I like his work a great deal, primarily because he insists on using natural rush.  Much of what is sold as “rush” material for seat weaving is actually fiber/paper from China.

One of our favorite stops, which is a scant 3/4 mile from our friend’s home, is this covered bridge.  Long out of the service of carrying the loads of buggies, horses, cars, and trucks, this beautiful covered bridge is used by the Menonites as a picnic area.  As you can see from the photo below, a picnic table has been installed in the center of the bridge.  It is a unique experience to have lunch seated upon a picnic table inside of a covered bridge…

June 25, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

Edith has designed her own farm stand for the 2014 season.  Her current offerings include three different varities of lettuce and bouquets of fresh picked flowers.  She is having a wonderful time with this project – and if she becomes any more successful with it, I told her I was going to quit my day job!

June 6, 2014 |  by  |  No Comments

…and then there is ‘cat school’, though I would venture a guess that the cat in question isn’t necessarily fond of being read to…

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Edith’s strawberry patch at Weather Hill is beginning to produce some very good berries.