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Post by bungobaggins on Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:43 pm

Gets dark at 5 now. Fucking 5 pm. No sun the past two days. Cold creeping in.

I forget about this every year.

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Post by David H on Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:48 am

bungobaggins wrote:Gets dark at 5 now. Fucking 5 pm. No sun the past two days. Cold creeping in.

I forget about this every year.

Our farm has unilaterally chosen to stay on daylight savings time till harvest is over, so it still stays light until 6:00 for us. We've been harvesting for 44 days now without a break. 9 more acres to go. If the weather cooperates we could be done in 6 days. Then drunken Sleep Sleep Sleep Sleep

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:12 pm

Good Harvesting Dave! Thumbs Up It will be a very well deserved buckie barrel or ten when all is over pub (I'll send you my annual bill for the fertilizer I've provided Nod )

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Post by azriel on Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:16 pm

Im turning the lights on at 3PM now, I really dont like the gloom of winter ! I can tolerate the bad weather as long as its light, the Dark is oppressive & I hate it.

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Post by azriel on Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:21 pm

Gosh, you do work jolly hard Dave. Nod

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Post by Mrs Figg on Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:08 pm

I suppose some of the cranberries are turned into jelly for the Christmas roast?
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Post by David H on Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:21 am

Yes, there's some Seasonal cranberry sales at Christmas, but Thanksgiving is by far the biggest cranberry market of the year. That's 26 Nov this year, less than 3 weeks away. I don't think there is anybody in the World more thankful at Thanksgiving than a cranberry farmer! Nod

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Post by Eldorion on Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:53 pm

Glad to hear you're still making progress Dave, and that it's almost over!
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Post by Forest Shepherd on Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:38 am

Well done on the cranberry harvest Dave, the cranberry jelly was particularly good this year at Thanksgiving. Smile

In other news...
I went to Death Valley for a weekend of camping!

It was two days of hiking up desert canyons (and sand dunes), cooking over a fire, and enjoying the elements. A good weekend all in all. I can also say that I've been to the lowest point in all of North America. Lowest, that is, in terms of open-to-the-air natural plain sort of elevation. I mean obviously a mine-shaft can get you lower. The lowest point of the valley is 280 feet below sea level. It's a huge salt flat.

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Post by David H on Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:10 am

Forest Shepherd wrote:Well done on the cranberry harvest Dave, the cranberry jelly was particularly good this year at Thanksgiving. Smile
Thanks Forest. We aim to please Very Happy

In other news...
I went to Death Valley for a weekend of camping!

It was two days of hiking up desert canyons (and sand dunes), cooking over a fire, and enjoying the elements. A good weekend all in all. I can also say that I've been to the lowest point in all of North America. Lowest, that is, in terms of open-to-the-air natural plain sort of elevation. I mean obviously a mine-shaft can get you lower. The lowest point of the valley is 280 feet below sea level. It's a huge salt flat.

I love Death Valley! I had never truly heard Quiet till I went there. In the cold, dry, calm air I remember being able to hold a conversation with a friend who was 100 yards away, talking barely above a whisper, and mountains that are miles away look like you could hit them with a stone-toss. It's uncanny in a beautiful way.

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Post by azriel on Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:54 am

You make that sound like a "want to go to" place Dave Smile

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Post by halfwise on Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:39 pm

Just give your vehicle a good checking over before you go, Az; don't want a break-down!

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Post by azriel on Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:31 pm

You very rarely get troubles with a broomstick Laughing

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:50 pm

Very Happy

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Post by Bluebottle on Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:45 pm

Well.. mostly.. Shrugging Razz

Dear Jason and all at No. 21, No. 34, No. 15, No. 87 and No. 61 but not at No. 18 until she gives back the bowl she definitly borrowed whatever she says.
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Post by Mrs Figg on Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:55 pm

Very Happy  its true that is. Nod worst that can happen is a stray twig up the twazzock.
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Post by Forest Shepherd on Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:17 pm

Christmas is nearly upon us! OH MAN OH MAN!   bounce bounce bounce bounce

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Post by bungobaggins on Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:50 pm

I didn't even get to make a list for Santa. santa

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Post by azriel on Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:19 pm


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Post by Eldorion on Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:23 pm

Forest Shepherd wrote:Christmas is nearly upon us! OH MAN OH MAN!   bounce bounce bounce bounce

Got the last of my presents wrapped up and under the tree today, plus helped out with round three(?) of cookie baking. Nod
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Post by bungobaggins on Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:38 pm

I miss actually having Christmas on Christmas day. Ours always gets pushed back to close to, or after New Years, which makes it harder because then we have to deal with work schedules. Just makes too much sense to do it on Christmas day.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:31 am

I have like... no presents to give this year. I intend to get up early tomorrow and finish off the wood-working stuff I've been doing, but I'm definitely not shopping any more!

A couple years ago I made a pretty good bow and three fletched arrows for my nephews; but some fool had gotten them some crappy plastic-horror versions and so my bow wasn't really much to get excited about. I would have squeed myself if I got a handmade one as a kid!

Maybe I should stop making presents for them that I wish I had gotten at their age... Razz 
They have some basic hand tools and a drill set so I've been putting together a make-it-yourself trebuchet kit for them from scrap wood around the workshop. I might not finish it in time, but oh well!

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Post by Norc on Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:03 am

Student budget and few friends is a good combo Smile merry christmas everyone!!

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Post by azriel on Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:46 pm

Oh Norc, that was lovely !!! :hug:

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Post by Ringdrotten on Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:13 pm

Forest Shepherd wrote:I have like... no presents to give this year. I intend to get up early tomorrow and finish off the wood-working stuff I've been doing, but I'm definitely not shopping any more!

A couple years ago I made a pretty good bow and three fletched arrows for my nephews; but some fool had gotten them some crappy plastic-horror versions and so my bow wasn't really much to get excited about. I would have squeed myself if I got a handmade one as a kid!

Maybe I should stop making presents for them that I wish I had gotten at their age... Razz 
They have some basic hand tools and a drill set so I've been putting together a make-it-yourself trebuchet kit for them from scrap wood around the workshop. I might not finish it in time, but oh well!

A present like that would have made the year for me as a kid. Heck, it would now too Very Happy

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