Saturday, October 21, 2017

Birds

See those black dots below? There are hundreds of birds. Each is perched atop the braces in that apple orchard. Each brace had one or two birds. It was crazy! We were wondering if they were there to find the potatoes left in the ground? Or the apples left on the trees? 





Friday, October 20, 2017

Laura's Flower Farm

Laura has started a flower farm! She grows flowers and has sold them to local florists, friends, and businesses! This was her first summer in business. Her most successful flowers this year were sunflowers and dahlias. 

Part of the flower farm on Laura's right. 


Flower season is over. It had frozen the night before this picture so the flowers are not looking too good unfortunately. 


Here are a few that were still ok looking!


More of the dying flowers. 


All those hoses are driplines. Here, Nathan and Laura are planting more seeds for more flowers! 



We are excited to see how her second year of flower farming goes now that she has more experience and keeps planting different kinds of flowers. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Potato Harvest

While we were in Royal, the potato harvest was getting started. Now that Papa Norm is retired, he is renting out his farm. The people renting the land grew potatoes this year. 

Nathan had a great time riding along learning about how potatoes are harvested. 


He got to ride in the tractor with tracks too. He loved that. 


One of the harvesters had a guy on the back throwing out dirt clumps, rocks, and bad potatoes. 


Papa Norm and Elizabeth checked to see the quality of the potatoes. 


Elizabeth found a teeny tiny potato she just loved. 





When Elizabeth and I rode along, this was the face Elizabeth made when we had to sit in the field and wait for trucks. There were only 7 trucks but they definitely could have used a few more! 


 
When there were trucks, they filled up VERY quickly. Papa Norm's field had never had potatoes before so that soil grew a TON of potatoes. In fact, his fields were the last of the season to be harvested because the potato plants did not want to die they were so happy in the soil. 


We followed the trucks to the shed that they went into for storage before they were shipped off for processing. All of those potatoes came from Papa Norm's field and that wasn't even half of them. Those big metal pipes are for blowing temperature controlled air up into the potatoes so they don't rot. When there is finally room at the processing plants, these potatoes will be made into french fries, hash browns, and tater tots. 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fun with Gram

Elizabeth and Gram do lots of fun activities together. Elizabeth just loves playing with Gram. 

They play board games. Guess Who, Scrabble, Clue, and Sorry are their favorites. 


They work on Sudoku puzzles. 


Elizabeth helps Gram pick out her jewelry for the day. 


Sometimes, Elizabeth puts on ALL of Gram's jewelry at one time. 

Gram has visited all 50 states. She gets a magnet from each state. Elizabeth put all the magnets together the best she could. The New England states were HUGE!! It messed the map all up. And Texas was super small. The western US looks mostly normal, but the magnet makers kind of failed on the east coast. 




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 14- Apple Picking Adventures

We went up to Royal this past weekend. Apple harvest was in full swing. We picked a lot of apples to bring home to dry. Thank goodness that at this point, no one is yet allergic to apples! 

First, we picked granny smiths from the trees that had already been picked. We figured 4 bucket was good enough. 







Later, we went to pick a few Fujis. We also picked 4 buckets of those. We figure 8 buckets will be a good amount of apples to dry for the winter!



The bucket was just SO heavy. 


Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13

Our school had our first Skate Night last week. 

Elizabeth wore her cat sweater. She couldn't decide if the cat on the front was Jumpy or Nice. 


Nathan is in the blue shorts. It's so hard to take decent pictures in this place. 



Elizabeth had a rather rough night. Nathan kept winning the games and she didn't. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 12


I have no words for this other than Nathan thinks it's the funniest thing in the whole world. 

Birds

See those black dots below? There are hundreds of birds. Each is perched atop the braces in that apple orchard. Each brace had one or two b...