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Farm Tours: Goats, Horses, and Cows

Here’s a great way to spend a Saturday: driving around in rural Charlotte-ish areas, then walking around and seeing goats, horses, cattle, pigs, donkeys, plants, and bees. Yes, bees.

Some folks and I gathered a couple of weeks ago to tour three farms. The first was Apple Orchard Farm (my favorite!), the second was Maple Springs (too pumpkiny and commercial), and a third one I forgot the name of (with sad animals).

I took and posted quite a few pictures, because most of the animals were adorable, and the ones that weren’t were often notably sad.

Apple Orchard will definitely become my go-to farm for if/when we need extra meat supplies between CSA boxes.

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Weekly Linkage: Flipping Friday

Greg and I are doing part two of our honeymoon this weekend with a visit to Pawleys Island. I’m not sure about the whole “arrogantly shabby” thing, but we’ve never been to a North/South Carolina beach, so it’ll be an adventure. I hope it’s not too cold for swimming.

…I might swim regardless.

Weekly Linkage

There’s a bit of everything in week’s internet cruising:

2011 Gardening: The Start of Awesomeness

This spring–and, admittedly, my impending marriage–brought out my green thumb. The prospect of moving this summer to an apartment that will probably have fewer windows makes me want more green in my house.

Much to Greg and Chris’s amusement, I’m planting almost everything I get my hands on:

  • a peach pit (planted before winter in the hopes of a spring sprout that hasn’t come),
  • cilantro (from packaged seeds),
  • basil (also from packaged seeds),
  • tomatoes (packaged seeds),
  • garlic cloves (unused in a risotto dinner),
  • orange seeds (from a late-night snack), and
  • a green onion (unused from a frittata meal)

This is all in addition to my two trusty cacti (a saguaro and a tephrocactus articulatus). Seventy-plus years until the first saguaro arm!

The pots and cans are covering our tall “bar” counter, fireplace mantle, and encroaching onto the stand where we keep movies and games.

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