July 29, 2014

It is overcast and cool out. There was intermittent rain yesterday with some thunderstorms, especially in the morning. The foliage is lush throughout the fields and woods. It is hard to keep the weeds at bay in the vegetable gardens.

I've got a pile of paperwork to do this morning. I will help make the wheels of West West Blue later this afternoon. Rachel is at the cheese house with Vito and Sam is working in the cave. It is peaceful at home even with the clanking of the excavator and the buzz of the chainsaw. Phil and Izaac are working on building a new road around the backside of out property to the north.

Rachel and I had a short getaway from our farm and cheese business over last weekend. We went to Wellsboro, PA for the marriage of our friends Ellie and Justin. We left home on Friday at 6:30 pm and drove to Hammondsport, NY arriving at 1 am at Jim and Judy's house. We drank a couple of beers and watched TV before going to bed at 2:30 am. We were up and on the road to Wellsboro by 11 am. The wedding was held at Justin's parents residence on a hilltop overlooking Wellsboro. What a delight it was to see Ellie and Justin exchange vows on a sunny afternoon. The party went on until midnight with a rocking' band and the launching of mini hot air balloons. We stayed at Barb and Jeff's house in town and had a leisurely mooring before hitting the road at 11 am. The road north heads up the valley of the mighty Susquehanna River, past some flood control dams, one of which sits atop an abandoned coal mine. Ridges after ridges spread out to the east and west.

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