I never learn. After effusing about the young fellow who has been replacing my fence, he got everything done except for one last section. Then he disappeared for three weeks. He was going to re-hang my hay feeder in the run-in shed so that I could move the sheep and llama down to their "summer" home. I suppose, technically, it's still summer. MID summer. On Sunday, having reached the end of my rope, I stopped at a local hardware store (local to Marianne's farm - there is nothing of use locally to me) and picked up a variety of bits and bobs that I thought I might need to do the job. As is often the case around here, help is scarce in small stores - unless they know you personally. So I ended up with 100 1/4" nuts, 30 1/4"x2" #20 screws and 60 flat washers. I marched up to the checkout guy and plopped the lot on the counter and asked if they all went together. I am old and no longer care if I appear to be idiotic. I am practicing for my eccentric years (hahahaha - jokes on me - they're here!)
I then went home with my bounty - vege and hardware -and proceeded to reinstall the hay feeder to a point where I think I can even thwart Linden. I do have to tweak a few things - like saw off the overage on the crosspieces and switch from regular nuts to locking nuts - but it is solid. Huzzah!
I then weeded for two hours. Do I know how to have fun?! Being a little over-zealous with my weekend expectations, I also made some new things: Aztec Cookies (thank you, Elaine!) and Chai Coconut Ice Cream. By the time the ice cream was finished, so was I, so I can tell you that it's delicious from the teaspoonful I had just before cramming it in the freezer. The Aztec cookies are delicious! I also made, for the first time, Chickpea Zucchini patties. They were also delicious, but way too fussy for this time of year.
For my two hours of work with Marianne on the farm, I got: a quart of Shiitake mushrooms, six heirloom tomatoes, yellow onions, German Butterball potatoes, a vase of sunflowers, a bunch of beets, two heads of Romaine, two purple kohlrabi, a bunch of carrots. And an iced coffee! When I got home, there were an additional two pints of raspberries from my neighbor. AND my sister and I made our annual pilgrimage to the blueberry farm, where I filled the coffers with 12 lbs. of blueberries. It has been a spectacular year for blueberries, apparently. Those 12 lbs. were picked on one half-row of plants. I bet I could have gotten all of them off of two plants!
I had just collapsed with the pups, when a 4x4 pulled into the driveway - my fence fixer was back. It's like washing your car when you want it to rain, right? I let him saunter down to the run-in shed and, after a few minutes, he was walking back up towards the fence, shaking his head. Apparently, I had done exactly what he was going to do! Double huzzah! He then proceeded to finish the fence within a whisker of doneness. By then it was dark (the days are so much shorter) and all that was left was to connect the end of the fence to the barn with fence clips. I had moved the crew down to their new summer digs, so we left it that he would be back to finish up. He arrived at 6:30 the next morning and finished. Finally.