Favored Photos: Matt’s Top 20

December 10, 2010


I scanned through my photos from this year at the farm, and gathered up my top 20. Originally, my plan was to pick the top 10, but I failed miserably.

I chose these images, not just based on aesthetic appeal, but also because they capture some fine moments, and important events that marked the year (e.g., snowstorms).

Browse the photos at your leisure!

Our chickens

November 15, 2010


I simply couldn’t resist.

Lucy’s Birthday Shindig

October 6, 2010


This past weekend we hosted a farm-themed gathering to celebrate Lucy’s first birthday. We went to Fluvanna County’s “Old Farm Day” and enjoyed refreshments back at the homestead.  Don’t worry; we took pictures.  In addition to plenty of Lucy pictures, we took a couple photos (1, 2) of some machines to see if people could guess what they do.  We think we know.

In other news, things are wrapping up pretty well in the garden.  I planted an oat cover crop and a clover cover crop over parts of the garden.   The clover should give the soil a charge of nitrogen and organic matter, and the oat crop will hopefully provide a bit of cover for garlic that we’ll be planting soon.  I hope to get the rest of the beds planted in the next week so there’s at least a little growth before winter kill.  We expect the three younger chickens we have to start laying in a couple of weeks.  With days shortening like they are, laying will probably not be an everyday thing.

Lucy’s Harvest

September 11, 2010


Lucy helps us pick some cherry tomatoes, carrots and peppers from the garden this week. The cherry tomatoes were fun to squish and put in your mouth.

Summer Pics

August 24, 2010


Tina Taylor‘s summer pics are back!  I picked out some of the best ones of Lucy and scenery (since Matt already covered all of the produce bases with his last photo post). There is also one picture of the new chickens.

Tina came on quite a busy day.  It was the same day as Lucy’s dedication at church, it was blazingly hot and Caleb’s family was in town visiting.  Some of these things are reflected in the pictures (perhaps most notably, Lucy’s exhaustion).  Check out the Summer 2010 album here.

Ode to the Farm

May 28, 2010


Garden swingI have been trying for a long time to put into words how I feel about this “farm”.  I can’t find any other way to explain it other than to say it has been the one constant in my life.  Since I was born this place has always been here, a place of comfort and belonging.  In the midst various family crises – multiple international moves, my uncle’s life-threatening illness, my father’s alcoholism, the death of my grandparents, the dissolution of a cousin’s marriage – the farm was here, like a lighthouse beaconing to bring in the weary sailors.  The farm is where I spent Y2K, the summer after my freshman year of college, and now this first year of motherhood. (more…)

Spring Photos

May 7, 2010


Tina Taylor took a great series of spring photos a few weeks ago.  We’re still uploading some of her photos, but you can see the majority of them here.   We’re sorry to lose her back to North Carolina, but we’re excited to see her up here again in July and October.  We also got to meet her funny, beautiful and precocious daughter, Ansleigh.  What a delight! Finally, we used some of her photos to update a few other albums including Moments with Lucy and Broccoli.  Check them out!

Our Four Little Friends

April 15, 2010


Our Four Chickens

Our four chickens in their coop

We’ve been talking about this for over a year now, and this past Sunday it finally happened: we procured chickens. Four chickens, to be exact. Caleb and Kristin made the trip out to Eden Farms and brought home four little birds. Caleb was looking for some variety (and suffered from a bit of indecision), so each chicken is a different variety (Barred Rock. Rhode Island Red, Red Star, and Black Star).