Tom and I were just fixin' to head to the cinema for a mindless evening of The Avengers, when I was paged, on the phone, and Jeff the Barefoot Farmer and his Oregon friend Jim barged in. DiAnne was here, having brought her sweet-woodruff-infused May wine, and we had just watched I'll Have Another in another spectacular run--the Preakness, this time.
The cinema lost out to a pleasant hour by the koi pond, talking about running cattle on grassland--Jeff was fresh from a lecture by a South African farmer, who described intense grazing, with animals packed for short periods sequentially on tiny plots, and how they trample the grasses, graze their fill, manure generously, and scuff the soil, all of which results in rapid soil rebuilding for several months before the herd returns for another brief bout. Monsanto, corporations, blackberry vinegar, small communities, Jeff's hat, which might be in one of our bedrooms, how to cook a whistle pig, the fact that Whistle Pig would be a great name for a band, a brief tribute to the great banjo player Doug Dillard, who died this week, and social networking. Eclipse of the sun. Succulents. Girl fiddlers. Love life speculation. All grist for our happy hour.
Jeff's band is playing at Richard's Cajun up the road. We might go. Or not.
An excellent end to a day that had already included long hospital rounds for me, gardening with a couple of Oaxacan helpers for Tom, and Robert stopping by to discuss the pool pump. Heather came for laundry, and the washer is burning rubber again, certainly NOT fixed by replacing the belts last week.
And topped off by towering purple clouds, patches of thundering rain, lit by a small yellow sun off above the hills.
And I completely forgot about, since I was unable to attend, the morning's community planning session at Bell's Bend Park, with lunch provided by our own Rachel. It's always something.