A small, diverse permaculture farm (and now, Bakery!) in beautiful SE Minnesota - our dream come true life focused on Local Food, Local Art, Local Music.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Pearl of the Lake
Time for a little- off-farm adventure! Last night we had a dinner cruise on Lake Pepin with the fine folks from Rog's work. The boat was The Pearl of the Lake, a river boat that is authentically powered by by the paddle wheels.
Boarding the boat.
While we loaded, the First Mate cast for fish --a perk of the job. He told me last week he caught an enormous northern pike.
We take off, cruising around the lake.
I took a turn at the helm (is that the right word?) I am a pretty good pilot, if I do say so myself.
Andy and his dad Bob on the deck. Andy also piloted the riverboat.
From the top deck looking down.
We had a leisurely dinner and arrived back at the dock at dusk. What a pretty evening on the water.
But the temperature was dropping fast, forecast to get as low as 29 degrees overnight. While we were out boating Cadence had covered the tender veggies in the garden. Our huge wall of morning glories is covered in buds but has yet to bloom. I didn't want them to freeze before our big event next weekend, so Rog and I wrapped them in tablecloths, blankets and fabric. I hauled in all the pots of annuals and tropicals - about 15 big patio plants. Rog covered my new plantings in the new perennial garden and closed up the greenhouse.
It did frost hard, so I am glad we went to all that effort to protect things. After the Cow Puja and Farm Fair next weekend we will give in to autumn.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.