At this point, I can't remember when the last time I posted was! Life has been pretty hectic. I started as vicar of a more or less local to us mission church on the first of August, and have been learning to swim in the deep end ever since. My first funeral last week. Looking at Stewardship and Annual Meeting coming up--our annual meeting is in November--heaven only knows why! Suffice it to say that the fall has been pretty busy.
I have neglected to mention that we had some livestock acquisition this spring. We got a bunch of chicks in late April, I think, and the Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend when I was at NH Sheep and Wool Show, my dear darling spouse and ever-charming child drove up to Sabattus, Maine, and returned with two 25-ish lb piglets. The piggies lived in fencing in the front garden until the nights warmed a bit and they no longer seemed to be coyote bait, then they set to ploughing up the lower portion of our meadow. They are quite efficient at it--and the front garden really did nicely this year! Well fertilized and pre-tilled!
One of our hens has recently started laying--she's the only Rhode Island Red of the bunch, and the only hen that doesn't have a breed-mate. We also have 2 Black Barred Rocks, 2 Buff Orpingtons, and 4 Araucanas. They all pick on her, so I think she's gratified by the attention she gets from laying!
We picked the pigs up at the butchers yesterday morning in their little white paper packages--all neatly taped into brown paper grocery bags and left them in a friend's freezer in town because our freezer doesn't arrive until Tuesday. So now I need to set to making head cheese and pickling pigs feet--unless a friend is interested in smoking them, since Sue forgot to have them smoked with the hams and bacon. I think we'll be having an old fashioned New England Ham and Bean supper for my ordination, since the hams are likely to be 20 lbs!
Anyone with a recipe for head cheese, method for salting fatback, or a desire to take some fatback to render for soap or something else, feel free to be in touch! We're near Portsmouth NH.
Okay, I'm supposed to be writing my sermon, and I think I ought to, before it's dinner time!