We talked a lot about this scrappy place, the people who inspire me, and Aya Cash (my hawk) - who got to fly free for the first time on Friday! A month of training and partnership and hard work and I finally let her go. She was put up into a tree without a fetter and when I called her back to my glove she came, again and again. She was rewarded with fat mice on a rabbit lure and I was rewarded with a feeling I don't think I can articulate without witchcraft. I will spend my life trying.
Farmcentric updates include visits from old friends, people where popping in and out all weekend here and there. I saw Weez McCarty of Coyote Crow Farm. She dropped off a station-wagon (a whole face cord) of firewood she bartered for some pork. Cathy and Tim Hoff of Laughing Lab Farm also came by, and man did I miss seeing their smiling faces. The Hoffs were here for a very special reason, to pick up their lamb they purchased from the spring. Friday I picked up the boxed lamb and had the honor to present and deliver the lambs to their families. I drove one lamb to Bennington yesterday for a Connecticut customer who met me there, and I have 2 deliveries left for some locals. Then next step in the lamb harvest is getting the curing hides to the tannery for turning into the gorgeous fleeces they will become in a few months! A great year for this small-scale shepherd. And I was also also to visit with a local farmer and sell the two ewes I needed to move. He is picking them up in a few weeks!
So I have been interviewed, shared my life with strangers who became friends, possibly got a buck deal in the works for my goats, trimmed hooves, flew a hawk, tended to the farm, picked up and delivered lamb shares, sold sheep, moved pork, stacked firewood, and basically steered the farm toward a better place in three days. I also am in cahoots with one of the sponsors of this blog to announce a giveaway later today for all you fine chicken keepers, and I have some ladies visiting from Ontario any minute now for a soap making half-day workshop and author talk and visit. (You can do this, too - just ask). They are leaving this farm with 2 pounds of milk soap, signed books, and hopefully some good memories of this scrappy love letter on the side of a mountain.
Things are good. The farm is slowly getting prepared and getting things in order for winter. I am still selling logos and illustrations (mostly on Facebook), and farm updates are on twitter all day since I am at my computer doing graphic design when I am not outside. My afternoon will include a hunt with Aya Cash (our first real hunt!) and then the rest of the day will include my usual position of working on logos while watching something on the computer - right now I am working through Edgar Wright's list of top 1000 movies. (Which I recommend!) I am not working in order, but picking up films of interest I haven't heard of before. I respect the hell out of that man.
Enjoy your fall days ahead and wish this place luck. Luck is it.