Cider Odyssey and its Aftermath


So we went to Portland in search of cider for Tom’s birthday.  Our packing was rushed as there was a grampa emergency before we left so we forgot to bring a camera.  So you will have to bear with iphone photos.  Above are the first ciders once we reached Portland.  There is a new cider bar there called Bushwacker’s.  They had a tremendous variety of ciders from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Canada and the US.  Here’s their cooler.

And here’s the Berlin Inn across the street.  We ate dinner there twice since they have great German food and, of course, cider.



Here’s the view from the coffee shop we stopped at each morning.  There is an advertisement for a camera that is freezeproof, waterproof, shockproof and crushproof.  Maybe I should have that for my barn camera.

Here’s a view of Portland from the bridge over the train tracks,

a view of Union Station,

and a view from our train crossing the Columbia on the way home.

Now the aftermath.  Apparently there was some weather here while we were gone a couple of days.  Here’s the tarp ripped off the ram shelter,

and the tractor shelter ruined.

I managed to fix the ram shelter but I did something Tom and I swore we would never do.  I used bailing twine to fix it.  The rams seem to approve of their new digs (although they never seem to use it).

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6 Responses to Cider Odyssey and its Aftermath

  1. I’d say those are some pretty nice photos for a phone camera!

    Your boys might like their shelter better if you give them solid footing instead of the slats on the pallet. I can’t believe how green your grass still looks!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Nancy! I will try getting rid of the pallet and see if they use it more. Our grass stays green all winter here- it just doesn’t grow.

  2. Gail says:

    I figured the pallet was to keep them out of the mud! I liked your tourist photos, and liked seeing the inside of the “ram shelter”. I remain convinced that the West wind would blow apart any tarp building I could set up.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Gail! You are right that the pallet was an attempt to elevate them out of the mud. I threw a bunch of straw down. We will see how long that lasts. This little ram shelter has held up well to the weather and the rams. Hopefully with a little baling twine it will last longer.

  3. Teresa says:

    Bailing twine and fencing wire can fix about anything!

    • Donna says:

      It is just that we have been picking up bailing twine for years from our previous owners and did not want to go there. My dad always says duct tape and wire can fix anything but in our case it bailing twine and wire.

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