Thursday, August 26, 2010

cider making:

apples being washed in trough before being smashed

smashing apples

pressing apples for juice

straining juice through cheesecloth

and last but not least, brewing!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

this is a parasol mushroom, which is edible, and this particular specimen happens to be about a foot tall!
also, there is a ring that you can move up and down like opening and closing an umbrella.

its been a very strange contrast of heavy rain and hot sunshine these past few days.
the weather changes so many times each day that its hard to dress for...
today was finally supposed to be hot enough to go swimming in the quary,
but no such luck.

this is a bakery with beautifully woven bread for their window display

this is a Zsabka, sleeping on her favorite chair

apple cider brewing in the sunshine

Friday, August 20, 2010

ive got 10 more days left on the farm and havent planned where im going next.
these past 20 days have gone by very quickly, but have been very wonderful.
i havent taken as many photos as i would have liked to, beacuse ive been too busy just enjoying the beauty of the czech countryside.
photos also dont do justice to how everything looks...
for the meantime:

courgettes from the garden

these are fairy ring mushrooms that ive collected from the yard,
and stung the caps on thread to dry.
when put in water again they regain their form

we've been having really nice weather and warm sunshine,
so we took a break from making cider and dried apples instead.
these will be stored in jars and used in the winter when there are no ripe apples

Monday, August 9, 2010

i made it to the czech republic safely and finally got around to taking photos of the farm
my first week spend here has been mostly domestic chores around the house,
lots of berry picking. mushroom hunting in the woods,
baking tasty treats and breads,
playing with cute kittens,
and eating lots and lots of tasty food