Summer is Gone and Fall is Here

| 10/24/2013 1:05:00 PM

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveThose dog days of summer are long gone and the cold night temperatures of Fall have set in for the duration. I feel like the cold wet Spring coupled with the unusually cool summer temperatures robbed me of my favorite times of the year. My garden didn't get planted until almost June and the first ripe tomato was several weeks later than usual. It seemed to me that the entire summer was condensed down into a four to six week span. Most folks would rather have the cooler temperatures but I think it's healthier to sweat at least once a day. In my humble opinion it cleans out the pores.  Those that have read this blog for a time know that my motto is work hard and go to bed tired.  It's a little more difficult to do in the winter but trust me, I'll find something to stay busy.

Mother Earth News Fair

The highlight of September was the Mother Earth News Fair in Lawrence, Kansas. My ticket was purchased with anticipation before they were even printed. I must say that all my expectations were exceeded. My only disappointment was that it wasn't long enough to get to every workshop that I wanted to hear. There were several hundred vendors there pitching their wares. I love to listen to a sales pitch. I seldom buy anything but the pitch is very entertaining to me. Yeah, I know I'm just a little strange. Their pitch has a way of expressing the best qualities of their product.

The workshop that drew the highest attendance in my opinion was on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. It lasted an hour and a half. I didn't attend the demonstration but it was a live demonstration of how to process a chicken from the last cluck through the entire process. With just a rough count, I made an estimate of 500 or 600 folks were interested in the method. As for me, I saw enough chicken processing when I was a kid. I wasn't involved in the process other than cleaning out the coop when the chickens were all gone. Mom did all the killing, scalding, plucking, singeing and eviscerating. 

Some of the talks and workshops I enjoyed the most were Bryan Welch's talk about sustaining life on the plant, Cheryl Long's talk about garden tools and how to make the easiest cheese ever, and David Tracey's workshop on guerrilla gardens of which I intend to do this next year. Shhhhhh, don't tell anyone. It will be 30-by-30 square feet of sweet corn. It's a plan to keep the weeds down on the vacant lot next to my garden and hopefully be a decoy for the wild animals that like to attack my garden sweet corn. The tall fence I'm building and the decoy crop will hopefully be enough for me to actually get a good harvest of sweet corn. Well, that's the plan anyway.

Terra Nova

10/28/2013 5:28:51 PM

Heya, Dave! Very cool that you attended the Mother Earth Fair! I sooo wanted to go, but a bit too far away with too much going on around here in September. We've had a gorgeous, gorgeous fall (btw, I know you think winter is my favorite, and I do love it...but I love, love, love fall!). It was gorgeous up until about two weeks ago, anyway. Then the rain set in for a solid week, followed by two very wet/sleety/snowy days last week. Sunny skies on Sunday and today made up for it though. Hope Bradley has a fun birthday - 9 already?! Can you believe Shelby left for college in August? I can't. Dang, they grow up so fast! Enjoy whatever this beautiful season has left to offer.

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