Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The County Fair & Camping & Everything Else

Wow. Over a month since a post. You know it's summer!
Here's what we've been up to........
 Layton and his ribbons from fair.
 Miss Timber Ann and hers.
 Our county fair was the first weekend in August and we entered a number of things. Our most exciting entries though were our chickens! Both Layton and I entered hens this year in the fair and Layton also entered our drake Magpie. We had a great time. As with every fair, there were things that we entered that we were sure would be first place winners.......which got nothing! and then things that we didn't even expect to be noticed that won first! Each year is a surprise!

We've also been camping.

 Picking blackberries from a small patch in the field.

 Cooking hot dogs for our second nights meal. The first night we were treated to....

TROUT! Caught by the world's best 5 year old fisherman! (And yes, the barefoot 2 year old is flailing a hatchet. Thankfully it's rather dull.)
Watching Daddy gut the fish and then cooking it. After it was cooked and we divied it up, I asked Layton if he wanted any. He looked at me and said, "No Mom, I caught that for my family to eat." His heart just melted mine. What a sweetheart.

We spent 4 wonderful days in the back woods and loved every minute of it. Well, except nap time in the tent when it was 90 degrees outside. Thankfully our tent was mostly shaded. And the creek was less than a 1 minute walk from camp.

I took a survey of all the trees there and found that most of them were very straight. I mentioned that to my husband and told him that we could probably easily build a cabin with what was available there. While he liked the idea, the hour and a half drive to work everyday turned him off slightly.

The garden is finally producing. We're eating peas and green beans and broccoli along with some strawberries and spinach. The hoop house is like a jungle and we've been getting lots of cherry tomatoes and a few plum size ones too. I have a huge Brandywine in there that I am waiting on so very patiently. I can't wait till it's red! The Delicata squash is also looking great. I can already taste the buttery nuttiness of it paired with some wild rice this fall.

And speaking of fall........are we already almost there?! Hunting season starts this month. Archery begins this weekend and rifle starts next month. Here's hoping we'll have some venison to butcher too!

 Last but certainly not least, Wyatt and his BMX bike. He's 14. Have you had a teenager? O.k., then you know what it's like. He specifically asked me if I could post these pictures on my blog. He also wanted to know if I could upload videos. I think he may be thinking of hijacking it and turning it into a blog all about BMX.
 Ya gotta love that kid!

I hope that your summer has been wonderful!


Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Love all the pics, Heather! Looks like a great summer. Your kids are beautiful and growing so big.

Kim said...

Looks like you did a great job at the fair!! This was our first year entering things in the fair...can't wait until next year!

I think your camping spot would make a beautiful homestead. We have a spot (8 hours from here) that I would love to move to. My hubby's complaint is that in order to work at a hospital, he'd have to make a 1-1/2 hour drive, over a rather large mountain, in the winter. Personally, I don't see the problem...;)

Gotta love BMX tricks! Good job Wyatt!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your fair winnings! Way to go!! What a lovely and memorable summer you're having- I LOVE the little trout :) That is just too precious!

Tonya Gunn said...

Oh congratulations to you children. You camping looks just wonderful!

Preciouspeas said...

Oh, to be a teenager again! I just love his quirky smile. We missed seeing him the other day. Your camping trip sounds so wonderful, I want to throw aside my lack of camping love and join you!

Holly said...

I don't know what you're feeding them but they are growing like weeds! I just love how Masons personality completely shows in these pictures! The one with him sitting like a little man just completely made me smile. Hope you guys enjoy the rest of your summer and keep making wonderful memories.

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