Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Holly and Judy dragged me to the state fair...2.5 hour drive but we went on cheap skate Thursday and got in for 4 bucks and actually had a lot of fun.
The fair grounds are very well laid out with brick buildings and AC in most of them
Old cars, NASCARs, new tractors and implements, camping trailers, ATVs...there was something for everyone.
Big horses and piles of manure...it was very much a country fair but done at the state level. Lots of police presence but everyone was friendly, it was laid back, and not crowded at all.
We enjoyed a beverage or two and of course the fair food...lots of different kinds of meat on a stick, funnel cakes, corn on the cob, taffy.....
The midway was big though we didnt hit any rides.
Yes Holly and I had to ride the camel..
And we fed the animals
Even the striped horses...
And we capped it off with the Missouri Team Penning competition.
I have been to a lot of state fairs, this one was one of the best and I could have spent a couple days there...maybe next year.
Well the back patio and the sidewalk for Judy's trailer is completed. We next turn to decks, finishing up the rock mortar, painting etc.
Since we didnt have enough on our plate, we decided to dig up the old broken slab in the back and replace it with one three times the size.
And you know while we are at it, lets just throw down a sidewalk for Judy...its only 105 degrees out.
This gives an idea of just how much bigger we made it.
The mice living under the old slab were not that happy about it
Almost ready for the pour
Of course we didnt use a portable mixer.....
This was much easier
It looked a lot bigger once it was poured than we had envisioned it...I am glad we didnt go smaller.
Now an even more useful back patio
Its very very useful now and we live back here
And Judy likes her new sidewalk too. She added river rock to set her various potted roses and such on and it looks good.
Just a couple of pictures of a trip we took to a church BBQ..seemingly an everyday even but where we live even the mundane can be an adventure..check out the bridge in the photos below.
It was a hot sultry day along a small river on one of the parishoners farms.
The bridge was built in 1901
But no fear, it got a thorough going over due to the efforts of the President of the United States...not Obama...Eisenhower.
It was pretty spectacular scenery.
Holly is very proud of the 40 or so pumpkins we have harvested so far....overkill to me but she likes them.
We have literally bushels of green beans needing to be picked but we are sick of them. You can only can, pickle, freeze, and eat so many fresh green beans before it just gets out of hand.
The babysweet watermellons are great though, you can eat them right down to the rind and they are just sweet as can be.
Judy and Holly have sold several cantelopes, watermellons and pumpkins....I think it averages out to them making about $.02 per hour...farming is tough.
The first of our potato harvest
We have had such a variety of fresh tomatoes we have gotten spoiled but we have frozen some, canned a bunch, made salsa, ketchup, marinara etc. BUT THE BEST USE of them is to take a purple Cherokee and slice it thick, fry up some farm raised smoked bacon until its crisp, take some crisp lettuce from the garden and then put it all together on toasted home made bread with a good dab of mayo and your in heaven.
Bandit was over visiting and needed a nap.