December 19, 6:55 AM
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Our second full day in the Historic District found us visiting some familiar sites and experiencing something new: our first social call to the private home of a CW interpreter!
We started our day with a lively conversation with the printers in the Printing Office. Since we were the only visitors to the shop for about 15 minutes, we had their undivided attention.
a previous post, we met Brett Walker on Duke of Gloucester Street not far from his shoemaker shop last April, and later met some of his children on Market Square. They graciously extended the invitation to come visit on this trip, and we all enjoyed the chance to chat and get to know each other a little better. That's Mr. Walker leaning against the door frame behind Karen, and Levi between the door and window on the other wall. More evidence of how small the world is: some of the Agnew children had attended Mrs. Walker's mother's Sunday School class when the Agnews lived in Michigan years ago.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Our final installment of corn watching this year includes this exciting progression of drying leading to a successful harvest. Farmer Wagenbach waited longer to harvest this year than I expected, but reported the corn measured 16% moisture content coming out of the field, so I think his timing was spot on.
The following close up photos of the ears shows significant drying in the last four weeks, along with some leaf bending, but no apparent ear dropping in these photos.
Harvest was completed in a few hours on October 21, and by the following Sunday our view out the back was changed to what you see below.
Finally, here's a short video of Farmer Wagenbach making a turn behind our house with a full hopper of corn in the combine that eventually starts being transferred to the wagon beside him toward the end of the video. This harvest was the best he's achieved in this field, and despite the dry weather in the middle of the summer, God blessed him with 230 bushels per acre! We'll see you again next spring!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
If you've read our previous posts about Colonial Williamsburg, you already know we like to visit in the spring, and you already know we like to enjoy the sites and people of CW in the company of good friends. Although it isn't spring, we were confident October would still be pleasant, and this time half of the Agnew family agreed to join us for a three-and-a-half-day tour of the town.
The Trellis Restaurant. After introducing the Agnew ladies to this delight, they agreed that it was worthy of repeating.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
This post includes four more weeks of progress in the cornfield. Not all of the photos were taken on Sunday mornings as we've been out of town occasionally lately. The corn should continue to dry regardless of the weather at this point, although you might notice the yard is slightly greener on September 22 thanks to the heaviest rain we've had in months -- a whole half inch!
Not only have the stalks dried noticeably in the last four weeks, but the ears filled out nicely and are drying as we speak. If you click on the photos you can see them enlarged further and can more easily spot some big yellow kernels on some of the ears whose husks have receded. I don't know which corn hybrid Farmer Wagenbach planted this year, but it looks like harvest isn't too far away. Thanks for visiting!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The girls had a vision for our kitchen that would make it brighter and more cheerful than before, and spent quite a few hours stripping, preparing, and painting to change the wall and cabinet colors. The finished product is amazingly brighter and it's hard not to smile when you enter the room.
Karen thought red accents would look good. We all agreed. We've got lots of other ideas for red accents, but we're trying to restrain ourselves. Yes, the coffee maker is new too.
trying to make look less like a 1950's house in some respects. Sound confusing? Don't try to figure it out. After all, we never claimed to be consistent.
Special thanks to Kathryn for taking all the Pinterest-worthy photos of our new kitchen!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Since I've got five weeks worth of photos to share, I thought sharing the same views together would help us get a better sense of the progress from week to week.
Although some stalk drying is starting to be noticeable, it has been much slower than I expected, especially since our rainfall has been minimal this summer. The ears have filled out nicely in the last week, and will probably continue to add mass before the drying process begins. Thankfully, the temperatures have not been as hot this summer as last summer, so the effects of the drought are not as severe as last year. We'll continue to pray for a good harvest for Farmer Wagenbach and all our other farmer neighbors.