It has been interesting on the farm recently. These first two photos are the last ones I took on the farm before spraining my ankle. The first is Maddie staring hard at me for some reason.
And this is what I thought was a colorful harvest.
Then there isa gap due to our trip and my inability to walk. But then on October 7 I had graduated to an ankle brace and was able to fit this into a cutoff pair of Tom’s boots. So I gingerly harvested some turnips. I processed some into turnip rice (for future pizza crusts) and the rest went tot he critters.
The next day I started pulling up the corn stalks to feed to the animals. I placed them on this trailer, and Tom used the quad to pull it out for the animals. Unfortunately Ryeleigh took this chance to escape into the barnyard. So Tom had to recapture here and bring her back, explaining to her that this was not acceptable behavior.
Yesterday I noted that the bald eagles are back, and watching our chickens. I am guessing they were away for the salmon runs.
And today we had our first frost of the fall. It is hard to see from this photos but a lot of the garden’s plants died.
I decided that the pigs needed more bedding to keep warm. In this process I noticed this nest in their shelter.
I was able to put some straw down and George is starting to get it situated correctly.
After the animal chores, I turned my attention to the garden. I knew that once the first frost hit I would be able to appreciate better how many winter squash we had. But what I didn’t realize is that it would show how many are being eaten. So I quickly harvested the pumpkins and zucchinis. One ones on the left are savable, and the ones on the right are not and are animal food.
Then I noticed that the spaghetti squash were being consumed also. This is a little unusual this early as they have harder shells. So I had to quickly harvest them as well. There were two that became animal food. That squash on the left is the largest spaghetti squash I have ever seen.
Then I looked at the guards. In am impulsive move, I decided to grow gourds this year. But now even they are being eating. So I grabbed them too.
So hopefully I am able to save the squashes. I picked the last of the green beans, cucumbers and fresh basil as well.
We continue to make farm meals. It happens so much anymore we barely acknowledge it. When I was not walking Tom made Garlic Rosemary Baked Pork Chops with all of these ingredients from our farm. I also have been making salads daily from our farm. Most recently I made Canlis’ French Dressing using our mint and oregano. Yesterday I made Ham with Apple Cider and Parsnip Puree using our ham and parsnips.
The recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks for using garden produce, Tender by Nigel Slater.
And tonight we had leftover ham and parsnips, but I made Three Sisters Succotash using our corn, green beans, pumpkin, peppers, garlic and basil. It was a nice farm meal (with my blackberry wine).
As far as my ankle goes, I can walk with the ankle brace in Tom’s boots or shoes without much discomfort. I did notice today though that I have new bruising on the top of my foot, 2 weeks later. I thought that was odd. I must have done a good job spraining it.
Here we are headed out with Bluesie (and my sprained ankle) on Thursday
It was rainy and miserable. So we were happy to be headed to the sunshine.
We took I-90 worrying about Bluesie driving up to Waterville on Highway 20. We ended up in Ephrata, Washington. Here is a defunct Penney’s,
and Lee Theatre, still showing movies.
Then we drove by Soap Lake,
and finally Banks Lake. The rock formations were amazing.
Upon arrival at Sunbanks Lake Resort in Electric City, Washington, I opened up the cocktail case and made Old Fashioned’s.
Here is our view, complete with my boot.
And Bluesie all set up with Tom.
Here are the schedule of events:
The sunset that evening was mind-blowing.
Then we went to the Cantina to see Billy Stoops (recovering still from his injuries) with Leanne Trevalyan and Jim King.
Next was Kristen Marlo & Gina Belliveau.
Here are Billy and Jim watching next to Tom.
Then came Older & Wiser. I managed not to get a photo of them somehow, probably because of all of the dancers.
They were absolutely great for singing along to.
Here is my ankle the next morning. The other side is also bruised which I was not expecting. So back into the walking boot I went.
Friday morning I hung out my the camper. This cute bug came for a visit.
I gingerly walked to the stage. I had already fallen and hurt my knees trying to use the scooter so opted to walk instead. We saw this homemade trailer on the way. She said it was her pandemic project. It reminded me of a sheep wagon, and I loved it.
Here is Tom making some purchases from the leather booth at the Washington Blues Society. It was to benefit Billy Stoops for his ongoing medical bills related to his fall escaping a fire. Now he also needs rotator cuff surgery. He tore it hanging from a window sill before he jumped. A pretty debilitating injury for a guitar player.
Here is Billy opening up the festivities.
And the first act of the day, Diego Romero. They were fun, really funky.
Next was Coyote Kings. They were really fun, and Tiphony Dames was amazing.
Next was the Delgado Brothers. We have seen them before, and they continue to impress. Joey is an amazing guitarist.
Finally for Friday night there was the Harlis Sweetwater Band. They were powerful and bluesy.
Saturday morning, I got a chance to knit with my boot, the lake and the sunshine.
I hobbled over to the stage. I got a better photo of the pandemic project trailer. I love it!
Here’s Billy introducing the first act.
It was Brooks Forsythe. He was amazing and got Billy a little verklempt with a later song.
Next came Octopus Ballet with Leanne Trevalyan and Barbara Blue, two of our favorites.
Then was Billy Stoops & the Dirt Angels with Jim King and Leanne Trevalyan (basically Junkyard Jane) with a song from his new album which we purchased.
Here is Chris Carlson of the Duffy Bishop Band bringing in the CDs himself.
We slipped out to make dinner while Rich Layton & Tough Town played. We could still hear them though, but they were not bluesy enough for my liking. We have the poster from the last Sunbanks Festival we went to 10 years ago posted in our van.
After dinner (basically the whole trip was farm food) we returned to hear Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps.
I was sipping on my homemade blackberry wine from this bag,
and the Duffy Bishop Band got ready.
I had hobbled up front to see them as they are one of my favorite bands of all time. It was so incredibly nice to see them again. I took a bunch of photos and videos so I apologize. I also apologize for my screaming and bad singing.
This next video was sped up for some reason, but I thought it was interesting to watch anyway.
Next up was Too Slim & the Taildraggers, another favorite of ours that we have sorely missed. Lots of photos and videos here too.
Here is a weird selfie of me.
The next day we missed the acoustic act so we could watch the Seahawks game. The game wasn’t looking good initially so we wandered over to the stage and saw TUN the Band,
while streaming the game on Tom’s phone.
I was wearing the leather bracelet Tom got for me from the leather booth.
Then came the unsynchronized swimmers. They were so fun to watch!
Next was Sister Mercy. She could really belt out a tune.
Here is a musician (one of Leroy Bell’s Only Friends) getting ready beside the stage.
This lady bought this coat from the leather booth. I thought it was perfect for her.
There definitely was a diversity of performers at this festival, but there was some diversity in the crowd I noticed dancing as well. It was nice to see.
Here is a romantic song that got couples slow dancing.
And then there was nice sunset over the stage.
The final performance was Leroy Bell & His Only Friends. We have seen them before, and they are incredible.
They were perfect to close the festival with. Afterwards there was an announcement by Billy. There was speculation that this was going to be the last Sunbanks Festival. And apparently that was true 1.5 weeks ago, but based on the new resort owners’ impression of the festival it will continue twice per year as it has for 26 years. This is really good news. It is a wonderful small music festival with a gorgeous location.
Monday we packed up. Here is Tom cleaning the dead bugs off the windshield of Bluesie.
Leaving Banks Lake.
And old hotel sign in Coulee City.
And the drive home on Highway 2.
This is Waterville, one of our favorite towns.
And the hotel there that we love.
We ate lunch by the Columbia at Lincoln Rock.
We stopped to get apples outside of Cashmere.
The colors over the pass were incredible.
And we made it home safely to our farm. It was so nice to get away and listen to live music again but always nice to come home too. The van did great, and my ankle didn’t cause too much trouble. So, all in all, a great trip.