Hello friends and readers -- brace yourselves! I overheard that the Farmer's Almanac forecasts a severe winter ahead. Ya, ya, ya... I know I should rejoice and be filled with glee, living this close to the ski resort and all, but alas, I am a farmer and not a skier. I will enjoy winter when it is actually here, largely in part because of living vicariously through my children, but until it gets here I choose to panic and complain. One perk of winter is skunk hibernation. The skunks were pesky and overly casual with their human encounters this fall, from chicken harvesting, to playing in under the milk stand and even home invasion. Don and Linda Twitchell had a friendly little visitor waddle his furry behind right in through the dog door and across the room, where he hid behind the couch refusing to budge. Shocked but ready, Linda prepared a dish fit for a skunk -- anchovies and chicken. She and Don laid a trail of tasty morsels from his hiding spot behind the couch on out through the opened door. After nearly a half hour the the skunk waddled back out to the great outdoors and Twitchells had their house back, odor free.
The Newry Town Office will be closing at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and be closed all day Thursday.
The band Midnite Haze has just released their very first CD, titled, "No One Knows." It was recorded right here locally at the Outlook!
A CD Release Party is planned for Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Funky Red Barn in Bethel. All are welcomed. There will be food, refreshments and the band will be playing all of their new songs. Their CDs will be on sale and the band members will hold an autograph session during intermission. Admission will be $2 at the door. In addition to their new CD, Midnite Haze merchandise will also be sold. I hope to attend because I've never actually heard them play before. I don't think that it counted the day we were helping pick up hay in the neighboring field -- we could hear those guys jammin' over the roar of the tractor. What an accomplishment for these guys and what an opportunity for the community to reach out and show their support!
Ooh, an F.Y.I. Western Main Water Testing has moved back to 331 Bear River Road, Newry. I had intended to stop by and check out the new location but was too late. We here at the farm need to get our water tested as we had to re-dig our well back in September and have had some funky illnesses since. I picked up three gallons of bleach to run through our system but just to stem my curiosity, I'd really like to have it tested. Newry water tends to run a bit on the orange, gelatinous side anyway; if you don't believe me, go lift up the cover on the back of your toilet and take a peek.
We have just begun to throw in our wood and pick up the yard in preparation for winter and because we do everything later than most -- hopefully you fall in the "most" category -- and are already sitting pretty just waiting for those first few diamond flakes to fall from the sky. So, enjoy the weeks ahead. Spend time with those you love and be sure to eat your fill of the harvest's lovingly crafted bounty. Until next week...