November 23rd, 2009
Driving with Martha around the farm
Posted by Francesca
Martha is always working so hard and Francesca and I were elated to find her home last Friday morning. It was such a beautiful day and she told us that we were going for a drive around the farm. We always like to hear that news so we found the Kawasaki and waited patiently while she made her morning cappuccino.
1 Hey Martha! We're ready for our ride around the farm!
2 It's a great day for a ride. How's that cappuccino?
3 We're driving past the pergola, headed towards the vegetable garden. We're sitting between Martha and Mike, the property manager.
4 At the vegetable garden, Martha turned left and headed down the road flanked by pin oaks. The equipment barn is to the right.
5 On the way to the upper field - there is always so much to look at.
6 It rained last night and there is a field of mud at the gigantic compost piles. I don't think we'll get out and walk. Martha had to put the Kawasaki in low gear.
7 The compost piles look very impressive.
8 Back on the road and through the woods. Francesca moved to the back seat.
9 Ooh-la-la!! Is that a squirrel I see?
10 Mike, make sure you write down everything that Martha says. There's a lot of work for the crew to get done.
11 Martha says this is a perfect hay field.
12 Martha pointed to this grove of metasequoia trees on the left and commented on how quickly they are growing. See the new Kestrel bird box hanging on the tree to the right?
13 Out of the woods and driving towards the chicken coops
14 Martha, I like how this newly cleared area is looking - not so scrappy anymore.
15 At the Maple Avenue house, we spotted a tree covered with fruit.
16 Martha said they were crab apples and that the horses love to eat them. They don't interest us!
17 Then we saw a bush covered with purple berries.
18 Martha told us they're called beauty berries. That makes sense.
19 Next, we drove past the chicken coops. It's always so tempting to jump out. Franny, stay right where you are!
20 Martha stopped to inspect the trailer barn, so we decided to get out with her.
21 Time to stretch
22 Sharkey! I think I see something over there!
23 Oh goody! It's a squirrel! Later Martha - we need to chase!
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