Saturday, May 28, 2011

beekman 1802

Yesterday I was too tired to write, and that's saying something. The day started with my annual pickup from Betterbee in Greenwich, and then ended shutting my neighbor's chickens in their coop for the night. Between those two things I: helped a friend install her first hive of bees, loaded the truck with 13 bales of hay, unloaded 13 bales of hay, expanded the pasture by 15 pounded t-posts and woven wire fencing, mowed the lawn, and then visited friend for dinner.

My days off work involve the hardest work of my life.

Today was a lot less stressful. I headed south to Sharon Springs to tour the Beekman Mansion and enjoy the town's Garden Party weekend. I got to meet Josh and Brent, buy soap, see their amazing accomplishments, and enjoy the best hamburger of my life at the American Hotel. It was quite the day. Polka Spot says hi.

More soon. Laying hen workshop tomorrow!

20 Comments:

Blogger Janet said...

A busy day - and you deserve not to have to blog about it!! Hope your bees thrive.
The day off today was just the thing - sounds like you had a great time.

May 28, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

The Beekman! How exciting! I've been dying to see it since I read the Bucolic Plague on your suggestion. Hope it was a fabulous time. :)Enjoy the rest.

May 28, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Josh and Brent were friendly and I got to go inside the Crypt!!!

May 28, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I am completely envious! I'm reading Bucolic Plague right now.

May 28, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

We loaded the tiller, drove to the farm store and bought sweet corn and pole beans. I screwed up and bought bush beans, but now I am on the right track. Once we got to the garden the tiller would not start. It was locked up because I screwed up, again. There was water in the cylinder. Once I had the tiller running the drive belts burned up, so, off to TSC for belts. The highlight is that we have Bluebirds inspecting the new bird house.

May 28, 2011 at 10:03 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

Sounds like a fantastic weekend so far in spite of (or perhaps because of?) the hard work. I hope the bees settle in nicely, and that the workshop goes well.

May 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I hope they were filming and we get to see you in the episode, that would be fun. Sounds like you have had a very busy weekend so far.

May 28, 2011 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

wow… just watched the youtube of the beekman boys. what a hoot! hope i get the channel they're on. don't want to miss that one! thanks for the link. glad you enjoyed your day… i can only imagine the fun that could have been had -- shoveling shit in a suit? hahaha that's over the top.

May 29, 2011 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
THE BEEKMAN HOUSE LOOKS VERY
INTERESTING FROM THE OUTSIDE!!!
ANY PHOTOS' FROM INSIDE? HOPE WE
HEAR MORE ABOUT IT!!! THANKS!!!
CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK!!!
SOUNDS LIKE YOUR LIFE IS NEVER A DULL MOMENT, & I'M BETTING
IT WILL GET BETTER AS TIME GOES BY!!!
RONNIE A VERY HAPPY X SEAT WEAVER!!!
http://www.chaircaningdirectory.com

May 29, 2011 at 2:49 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

How cool is that? I love watching those boys! I will miss their show if they decide not to return next season.
Doesn't a full day's work feel so satisfying?

May 29, 2011 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Mrs. N said...

Hey Jenna, I just saw that Made from Scratch, is on the Polyface Farm Chick's book list this month. Congrats! Also, glad you enjoyed the Beekman, I would love to go someday!

May 29, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Love the Beekman boys. I also get their soap which is fantastic. I am envious that you got to meet Polkey. Did she spit on you? Lol.

May 29, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
OpenID sissyjane said...

Love the Beekman 1802 boys! Did you buy cheese? ...or are they out of stock again? Tee-Hee...

May 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Wow that was some day Jenna or I like to think (Wonder Woman). You sure are one busy gal and I enjoy so much reading about your activities. Hope the rest of your weekend is just as wonderful.
Odie

May 29, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Hi Jenna, I've been reading your blog for several years, but not commented before. I'm in the UK. Given your penchant for music and all things ovine, I wondered if you knew Steeleye Span's A rosebud in June. The song is several hundred years old but was obviously written by people who knew sheep intimately. You can find it on utube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP4jTQpShnQ&feature=related and the words at http://mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=5078. My favourite sheep song is The Sheep Shearing which I learned at primary school but had a special meaning since my father was a farmer and we kept sheep. You can find the words and music on http://8notes.com/digital_tradition/SHEEPSHR.asp

May 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Sarah - I'm a huge Steeleye Span fan! I love that one of Jenna's readers mentioned it here. Jenna, ditto what she said - go listen.

Those Beekman boys look hilarious - I'm going to have to figure out where I can watch it. I'm glad you're getting out a having fun along with all your hard work :)

May 29, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Thanks for the Beekman link, been watching clips on the Discovery Green channel website as I dont get that channel. Dont get me started on paying big buck for tons of stupid channels and the few I want to watch cost even more. The house is beautiful. Maybe you can teach them about bees and sheep and get on the show, could be the beginning of a whole new career! Love the baby goats in the playpen in the back of the car, think that would work for sheep in the truck? Get some rest Jenna! Thanks for sharing.

May 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

OMG! This is so funny! I have been looking at Beekman stuff all day and just decided to hop over to your blog. And....you are talking about Beekman! Love it!

May 29, 2011 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger . . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I used to live a few towns over from Sharon Springs -- every summer, for the eight years that I worked at the Glimmerglass Opera. This was pre-Beekman.

I loved my hardworking neighbors, and all the Amish families who were moving to the area. I loved that people had such a close bond to the land. Bald eagles in the trees in the cornfields, snapping turtles laying eggs in the gravel every spring. I ran in a slower, less posh track than the Beekman crowd has carve out.

May 31, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

I work with Josh...he's awesome and the goats are precious. I can only imagine what the beekman looks like!

June 2, 2011 at 11:53 AM  

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