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Published: November 28th 2008
Never come between a man and his pick axe
Hi y'all, it's Thanksgiving Day today, which means a national holiday and a pre-Christmas gathering of friends and family with lots of food and drink, followed by a snooze on the sofa by the fire. We have had a very yummy meal today of roast turkey and all the trimmings (the stuffing was especially delicious, as was the sweet potato, cranberry sauce, I could go on...) and the pecan pie is still to come! We figure this is the closest to Chrimbo we'll probably get as xmas on the beach in Miami probably won't be the same! Susan's mum and dad are also here so it's been really nice to feel part of the family and join them on this Thanksgiving Day.
Brendan and Susan, who run the farm, have made us feel very welcome and we have really enjoyed staying here. It's been a very relaxed and chilled out couple of weeks, peace and quiet with just the chickens and dogs and trees for company - and no TV (I've rather enjoyed this although M has missed the news and America's next top model somewhat!). We have enjoyed doing our farm chores such as double digging, harvesting turnips and salad,
As if fly swatting wasn't bad enough in the summer...
tending to the chickens and planting some stuff too. M has enjoyed getting back to nature and feeling all manly as he shovels dirt and raises a sweat (though he's straight to the bathroom to scrub his hands afterwards!). I've also developed a new skill of managing the local fly population in our outside bunkhouse - even though it's freezing cold outside - as soon as the heater comes on at night they reappear! So I've developed a routine of turning the heat down during the day so they die or get drowsy, and swat them so they're all gone by nightfall. Then the heater comes on and so they comeback the next morning - all good fun, especially as we also have a rat/mouse who is mysteriously moving things around at night - all part of living in the sticks eh?
We've also attended a party whilst here, and unbelievably there was almost as many brits as yanks there! Including a Geordie and a Lancastrian, who I delighted in winding up by calling him a Yorkshireman, which was a refreshing change to him to have a bit of English stick as the Yanks are too damn nice!
Life on the farm
I want one of those!
ventured too far from the farm, drove around a bit to see yet more lovely mountain scenery, and it's been nice to have some routine to our days and be less like tourists and getting into the local life. I definitely fancy a nice rural patch such as this, growing some organic food, attending the farmers markets and having some chickens etc etc, perhaps I'll get round to growing some stuff in the garden when I get back mum!
As lovely as it is here, we must venture on this weekend to our next destination - another farm in North Carolina. We have been lucky that our first farm experience has been a good one so I hope the next one will be as nice, but if not, it's only for a week so am sure we'll cope! After that it's onto Georgia and an Intentional Christian Community (will explain another time) before heading down to Florida mid-December.
It gets pretty cold at night, but wonderful clear skies to see all the stars, and the days have mostly been sunny with the odd snow shower.
Anyways, better shoot as think they're gonna put a movie on - no TV but
Top o' the mountain
Yet more stunning, beautiful, rugged scenery yawn yawn...
still got the latest gizmo to see movies projected on the walls!
Hope all's well at home xxx
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