Summer has drawn to a close at Sooner Farm and we have a lot to report:
Doug, me, our younger daughter and her little girl went camping in Maine at the end of July. It was a doozy of a trip. I am happy to report that my little granddaughter was the best truck traveler of us all. We made our days in the car of reasonable length and she and I never got bored in the back seat. Acadia National Park is a gem that unfortunately has no showers so that was a shock to me. The scenery was beautiful and we were smelly but so was everyone else. We picked wild blue berries for our pancakes and hiked lovely trails and ate ourselves silly. I ate so many clams I started to grow a shell…but maybe that was just grime…not sure. I had never had a lobster roll before and boy are they tasty. We camped at Bayley’s near Portland and it was a resort with pools, playgrounds, and watersports. It was wonderful. We camped on Hermit Island and at night the buoys in the in the bay rocked us to sleep with their gentle ding ding. The little one loved the ocean. Her first encounter was in Salem near Boston where we visited a friend of Kimbrell’s. She loved the tide pools best of all. I am a bit embarrassed to say that Kimbrell planned the excursion that was the highlight of the trip for me. It was not the lovely scenery or the wonderful quilt shop Doug found for me to visit on our way home. Nope we visited “Derry” well really Bangor, Maine. We went on the Stephen King tour and saw the places he haunts and the settings for many of his books. The guide is a friend of Mr. King and shared stories about him and his doings. It was fascinating for all of us super fans. We stopped in to see Doug’s sister in Boothbay Harbor. It is lovely seacoast tourist town filled with fabulous shops and restaurants. She chose a lovely place to retire.
The garden has kept us fed most of the summer. I was not able to can as many tomatoes as I had hoped but maybe next year I will. Brad Cox shared his tasty corn again and Doug and I put up lots for the winter. The okra, lettuce, beans, cucumbers, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, broccoli, and potatoes fed us well. I had Sissy out to dinner many evenings and told her this is meal money cannot buy at any eatery. Black-eyed peas, fried okra, tomatoes, green beans, corn or new potatoes prepared just like Granny did are not on any menu in the country. We joked that we were becoming vegetarians.
Doug has ordered more grapes and has found some great people at Homestead Vineyards in West Salem, Illinois that are letting him do a little work there so he can learn the ropes. They have weddings at their place and wonderful wine. He wanted to take a class or two at Carbondale but distance and cost was prohibitive. This seems much better
Doug is working hard on his forest trails and he has the poison ivy to prove it. He has planted a deer lot the hopes of luring them away from our crops but I am afraid that will never happen. The destruction they cause to the crops is frightening. They are voracious eaters. We welcome them to eat anything in the forest but they much prefer corn and soybeans. This year they are even eating the tops of my sweet potatoes.
I have not dug them so I have no idea if that has hurt my sweet potatoes yet. Hunting season starts next week so maybe we will have some big fat corn-fed venison steak.
So far football season has been a disappointment, but next weekend is OU Texas and of course we are having a party so there is hope.
The door is always open come visit Sooner Farm!