“It’s a Pretty Nice Day for a Bonfire!” said Hope. Hope is three and she thinks everyday is a pretty nice day for a bonfire. We have a lot of cookouts. Maybe she thinks its normal to cook outdoors. We’ve had delays in the construction. Time does not stop and winter approaches so our thoughts have turned to fall fencing and that means even more bonfires than usual as we clear new fence line.
This was brought to a head because two of our older and more wiley sows announced that they were tired of the south field pastures and wanted something fresh. They showed me where the weakest points in the fence were and crossed. Not in that order. They got into the corn, which was meant for them anyways and it is ready so I’m not upset. Frankly it was a poor crop this year with all the excessive rain in spring and early summer. When the pigs start putting pressure on the fencing it means it is time for me to think about making new pasture available.
We have the whole north home field and the north field that have been stockpiling all summer for fall forage while I had the herd concentrate on mowing down the brush in the south paddocks. Now it is time to move them. The grass is lush and the corn, squashes, turnips, Jerusalem artichokes and sunflowers are ripe. So we’re fencing today and tomorrow – that means more bonfire cookouts.
Cookouts for Hope and Ben means hot-dogs roasted on a stick followed by smores. Hope thinks that is just grand and likes hers lightly toasted. Her brother prefers his Cajun blackened or darker – both hot-dogs and marshmallows. The rest of us enjoyed a pork and veggie potato stew in the cast iron skillet you can see to the left in that photo. Someday I want to get a round cast iron pot for making the stew. The deep skillet works well with a top to keep out the ash but I would love to be able to hang a cauldron over the fire.
This time of year, from about mid-summer until early winter, we get that extra satisfaction from having produced nearly all the ingredients in the stew other than some spices. Interestingly, having raised and then prepared the food seems to make young children, who can sometimes be picky eaters, more likely to try and enjoy a variety of foods. One of the benefits of our connecting with our food.
53째F/30째F Sunny but no real frost yet. Foliage past peak.