Today was amazing.
Michael and I had taken the day together to hang out and have some “us” time. But we also needed to get the ground prepared for the garlic. So we grudgingly gathered our tools to spend date day doing farm work. That is still quality tim, I swear.
We got started digging in with our broadforks for not 20 minutes when our new neighbor whistles from the fence. Jack, his wife Dale, and Tom from down the road stopped to introduce themselves. Dale and Jack moved to Montana in 2009 from Pennsylvania. They had a 10 acre organic CSA farm with 125 members before they retired. Tom is the local wildlife trapper and host to many neighborhood gatherings from what we are told. They all were very nice. I’m glad to have good interesting neighbors.
So Jack says, “I see you using those forks. I’ve used those and they’re no fun.” He and Dale had to run to town but if we waited a few hours, he would run his plow and disc through real quick. Well, ok.
We took this opportunity to try the diner in town. What an interesting little place it was. The owner was pleasant, the decor was eclectic and profuse, the food was good. It's pretty much the only place in town.
We then went down to the Garden of 1000 Buddhas and sat for a while. It was such a beautiful day. I could have listened to the wind and birds all day.
When we got back, Jack taught Michael and I the basics of his little tractor. Fun!! The work took just a fraction of what it would have if we had done it by hand. Though we don't want to always till, it makes starting fresh ground so much easier.
I think we are going to soak up as much knowledge as possible from them. Luckily, they seem more than willing to share.
And the house! Holy buckets it’s coming along fast! I’m so excited right now.
Tomorrow I will go back up with the garlic and get it planted. Life is good.