They say you have to make hay when the sun shines. Here in Grays Chapel, North Carolina, it hasn't shone much in the past couple of weeks. It did today, and my neighbor Mark Sexton was in the field hard at work.
I was down in the New Hope area of Randolph County, North Carolina the other day and took the opportunity to stop at a local establishment, Lanier's Grocery and Service. Jack and Ollie Lanier have run their store for 57 years and are still there every day.
I've heard a lot of news reports about cicadas in North Carolina recently, but I haven't seen or heard any of these 13 year "locusts" near my home. A trip to Denton on Sunday changed that. It was surreal as the woods around Denton Farm Park sounded alive with their drone. Thought for a moment I was in the Twilight Zone.
I walked out into the newly planted part of our garden and ran into a plover, a small wading-type bird. The poor thing was obviously hurt, for it flapped it's damaged wing and called out in pain. All of this was a hoax of course, as the bird did everything in it's power to lure me away from four small eggs camouflaged in the recently planted soil. I marked the spot and we'll work around the nest till the eggs hatch and the young scurry away.
Occasionally I get the opportunity to make a purely personal blog post. Yesterday my wife and I had the pleasure of watching our older son Tristan receive his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. It's been a long journey and we are both very proud.
It's that time of year when farmers and gardeners are getting things into the soil, and my neighbors are busy. Michael Williams works ground near my home in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. Michael and his family run a dairy farm nearby, and will plant corn on land where they have just cut small grains for silage. The corn too will be used for cattle feed.
Sunday afternoon, the Goat Lady Dairy near my home in Grays Chapel, North Carolina, hosted their annual Spring open farm day. Folks came to see the goat dairy and gardens, to taste the cheese and meats, and were even able to try their hand at pottery making. This year there was a special opportunity to watch a group of Montagnard ladies demonstrate traditional spinning and weaving on backstrap looms. H-Tep Adrong (above) and Ju Nie (below) worked on weaving while Broih Fnu spun cotton into thread. It was absolutely fascinating to watch them work on these totally manual machines and produce their brightly colored woven fabrics.