Just Past Solstice

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That Summer Heat

Saturday was a benchmark of a beautiful day. Hot? Insanely. But wonderful skies and the grass cresting “electric” green. Full confession: June and July are my two favorite months in Florida. Not because I’m a glutton for punishment, I promise. There is so much to appreciate: the torrential rains; the subsequent explosion of biomass (wild grape, kudzu, tree saplings, hay and food crops, bahiagrass, etc.); the long days with quick sunrises and slow, beautiful sunsets; the way summer cover crops just seem to suck it all in and grow into small jungles in no time at all — it’s all so magical.

Inaugural Airbnb

We were very privileged this past weekend to host our SECOND ever Airbnb visit at Tumble Farm – feels great to be back in the game, our first being the weekend previous.  This is the second year in a row the yellow camper has been listed on Airbnb, but the third location at which it has been listed. Funny enough, the first spot was on 20 acres of mostly woods, sinkhole, and swamp near Ocala, FL.  Its most recent location was downtown Gainesville, right in the heart of everything: UF, Main Street, bars and restaurants, huge park, you name it. While the guests we hosted there were some of the most wonderful people I’ve met (and there were a LOT of them), it was always a little sad to me that their view was the side of a warehouse and all exploring involved hitting the pavement.

Not anymore.  Now the views are more like the one at the top of the page. The ladies who visited also got to catch Nick and I in full-on farmy mode; building a chicken coop. Yeah, it doesn’t get more “look at these start-up homesteaders” than that. Speaking of which, it was a huge win for the weekend:

 

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Nick hard at work tacking woven wire to the entryway  (after dark!)

 

Needless to say, it was a full two days. Zoe and Cocoa didn’t get a ride in (unfortunately) but it’s all the more motivation for me to get them ridden this week!

 

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