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    Winter prep

    We are not having our dinners on the front porch any longer because these summer evenings are already getting chilly.  We have moved our dinners to the enclosed back porch. Here is a before and after view of the kitchen that leads to the back porch: This is our back porch, which we initially dubbed as the “coffee room”.  We have been enjoying our dinners here as we watch the squirrels scurry about the yard, up and down the trees preparing for fall.  Our walnut and hazelnut trees are keeping them busy and happy. We are doing our own nesting for winter, but instead of nuts, we are preparing for…

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    Enjoying the fruits of our labor

    Literally!…we are enjoying an abundance of fruit for our labor.   We are a happy pair/pear of farmhouse restorers. Our trees had not been maintained for many years. We have pruned, and pruned, and pruned…we have also enjoyed prunes, in the form of plums actually. This property is tremendously awesome  (as in tree mendous)….sorry, it’s getting a little heavy on the fun wording.   On the property, we have the following trees:  3 pear, 1 asian pear, 7 cherry, 7 apple, 7 plum, 4 walnut.  Which accompanies 1 grape arbor with 3 old vines and an abundance of blackberries. Here is the recipe for our favorite pear salad.  It’s incredibly simple and…