Today, a gentleman from Virginia Currents e-mailed me and asked for farm photos to use in a television news magazine segment featuring Virginia farms. He asked for four photos and I sent eight; yes, I can count, but having no understanding of what he needed, I sent him twice as many photos so he can cull fifty percent. Whenever possible, I like to make other folks’ jobs’ easier.
Another gent, from across the mountain, likes to hunt ground hogs in our valley and I like for him to hunt ground hogs on this farm. They are pesky rodents who dig huge holes that are a safety hazard for my horses, sheep and alpacas. Me too, remembering now the huge hole I stepped into in mid-summer. Anyway, the hunter brought me a coffee can of chestnuts and I plan on X’ing them and roasting them tonight and all weekend. I’ve never found a nut I didn’t like and chestnuts are a favorite.
Dave and I began traveling overseas in 2008 when I was asked to teach Agri-tourism in Russia. the program was through the U. S. State Department and run by a West Virginia Bluefield State professor. That was the beginning of a entirely new set of adventures for Dave and I. In January 2010, Dave sent me to London because, “I want you to learn to travel by yourself. I’ll be here, at home, for a safety net, but you’ll be on your own.” I planned that trip…airline, hotel, sights, etc….and, yes, it was frightening but also exhilarating! When my plane landed, my transportation to town wasn’t there and never arrived. I finally took the Tube into London and my Earls Court stop where I wandered for an hour looking for my hotel. All this at midnight, in the cold, snow and worst winter London had in twenty-five years…exhilarating! The memory of the red fox and I, crossing on opposite street corners, remains a favorite memory.