The rest of our spring staff arrived two weeks ago, while I was gone! Whitney, Jade, Bri and Christina … along with Sarah and Malanyon…. made everyone welcome, and created a beautiful dinner for their first night on the farm….. what a treat! Delicious, and filled with oodles of eggs. (the chickens are producing up a storm presently) If the bobcats and foxes and hawks stay away, we should have more than enough for the summer.
Easter was a showcase for eggs, too…. Eggs Benedict (Kashaya made the best ever Hollandaise Sauce). Extended family and some former staff showed up to help hang eggs on the Easter Egg Tree, and chat over the donuts that went along with our own ham, hand-made English muffins, poached eggs, fruit smoothies, AND the Bahamian Rum Cake!
Buffalo arrived just in time to show all our new staff how to set mouse traps, plunge toilets and split kindling…. everything you don’t really want to think about, but that SOMEONE has to deal with! Being the driver he is, he did our first trip to the city for flour, grains and green coffee beans (we’re trying some from Burundi, Timor and Mexico this season). Incidental side excursions for feed, bricks, boards, screws and fuel kept him busy the entire time he was here! As you can see, Linden LOVED getting to know his uncle Buff…
Zarya visited while her older brother was here as well, along with “Cousin James” as he’s addressed by his younger cousin, Linden. What a treat for all of us that they enjoyed each others company….
Bob Bouvier, a former staffer, and his family stopped by just before Easter. He let us know he was coming out, so Tom came too. As the expert rock skipper, he showed the girls just how to throw a flat rock properly for the maximum number of skips across Robin’s Pool.
Environmental Education begins tomorrow….. the week I said I would bake pies (18-20) and cheese cakes (8) for my niece’s wedding…. the same week I said I would make rolls for the Sober Grad dinner (only 800). The great thing is that I have a tremendous staff….. Kashaya’s coming up to do the cakes…. and several high school seniors are getting some time off on Thursday to come out and roll away!
Here’s to a new season on the farm! Great staff so far…… extraordinary fruit blossoms….. lots of things repaired already, with more on the way…. an expanded list of opportunities to see Emandal in a different light (Autumn Art Stays)…. a new grand-baby any day now……
See you soon!