Look at that handsome fella!
This picture was made at Abbey Road Farm, a huge farm in the pretty country-side around Carlton, where we went last Sunday when they had their 'Silobration Days' (a play on the big old grain silos at the property) .
We had the Newberg Summer festival on our radar for the weekend and actually went out on Saturday morning for coffee in town and walked over to the park where it took place, only to find just a handful of booths, a little entertainment in the form of some jugglers and various kiddie-games to be played.
Not really what we had hoped to find, so after a walk around the parameter we bailed.
The next morning while googling around for something better to do I found this event . It so happened to be a place I already wanted to check out somewhere in the future so we gave it a try.
That fuzziness in the last picture there is due to misters. Although not too hot of a day, it did keep the whole area quite some cooler!
After strolling through the barn for a while we bought a nice glass of Abbey Road Farm Pinot Gris (yes, of course they make their own wine, this is the Willamette Valley!), ordered a delicious steak and cheese sub at the food truck and sat down in front of the band for a while to eat, enjoy the music and look out over the beautiful rolling hills and vineyards.
(Btw, James took a picture of me in that frame as well, but I don't look half as good as he does .. oh well .. it does show you how it was set up though, I thought it was quite funny!)
Let's see, what else is there to talk about .. birds maybe?
I still have my usual culprits, who are eating me out of house and home, at my feeders and walking around the neighborhood there's always this gorgeous little falcon, a Kestrel to be precise, sitting on 'his' (her?) wire. Giving me 'the eye' ..
"Unlike humans, birds can see ultraviolet light. This enables kestrels to make out the trails of urine that voles, a common prey mammal, leave as they run along the ground. Like neon diner signs, these bright paths may highlight the way to a meal"
Nature .. it never fails to amaze me!
One of my other heavily treed walking paths leads me down into a dip in the road, and over a little creek with large patches of Impatiens (Jewelweed/Touch-me-not) growing on both sides.
Although a pretty sight all by themselves, I noticed something even prettier .. several hummingbirds flitting among the flowers!
Actually, look what I dug up to 'see' even more of it ..
These are tiny little field cameras, the left one is for inside use and the one on the right for outside.
James had bought them to keep an eye on the job-site while he was building the house in Idaho, so nobody could walk away with any tools or material without him knowing.
Since we have a problem lately with (bird) seed disappearing from our storage bay, he remembered having them stored away somewhere so we're going to install one in the bay to see who's guilty of this crime. (I'm also going to move the seeds into plastic storage boxes but just for fun I want to know).
The outside one I'd like to place facing the orchard around the RV, it will be fun to see who 'passes us in the night' ..
Here's another fun thing:
It's a meal-plan by the Washington Post (send by e-mail) meant for people like me who are a little fed up with coming up with yet another meal-idea, and the planning, and the shopping and the ... you get what I mean.
Week one of this 12-week series was called: 'Sauce Theory.'
All the meals were made with the same basic (but super-delicious) tomato sauce, which you made on a Sunday (or whenever you wanted the week to start) and used up through the rest of the week in 3 different recipes.
Which by the way is perfect for me, because 7 day plans are always leaving me with way too much food since we often have days that we're either out and about or eating with friends or just not very hungry.
This were the recipes: Spicy Shakshuka (a sort of breakfast for dinner with eggs), Dad’s Cod and Dijon Mashed Potatoes (I had no Cod but used Tilapia) and Simple Stove Top Ratatouille (with blue cheese instead of Feta) :
All of the meals were absolutely delicious, mainly because of that terrific home-made tomato sauce!
I can't wait to start next weeks recipes that will all feature chicken thighs, which happen to be our favorite chicken parts. If they're anything like this first week, it's going to be great!