August 18, 2014

Weekend Basics

After a low key week at home, we were ready to get out and tackle the weekend — which turned out to be jam-packed with projects, cycling and good food!

First up, Saturday morning we ventured back out to Lockhart Family Farm to continue working on updating the 1976 Airstream camper they recently acquired. Our visit included lots of painting and a few surprises we'll look forward to sharing in tomorrow's post:

We even got a chance to see the newest members of the farm, these 10 day old baby mulefoot pigs:

We'll post a full roundup of the weekend's farm trip here on the blog tomorrow, but for now you can get a sneak peek of in-progress pics in the "Farmstream's" AirBnB listing. Jocelyn and Josiah will be hosting guests in the airstream during the renovation process at a discounted rate, so it will be fun to watch the transition over the next several weeks.

Saturday evening Mary's dad met us at the house and we biked over to the Boulevard to participate in this year's Anthem Moonlight Ride. This event is a bike ride touring Richmond at night, under the full moon with about 3500 other folks decked out in costumes, lights and glow sticks. We didn't have any costumes or glowing accessories, but were excited to join in the festivities for the first time and get to see what everyone else was wearing.

Since we were out of town during this year's Monument Avenue 10k, an event we talked about participating in as a 2014 goal, we felt like this bike ride made a nice alternative. There were 2 courses — a half moon which was 8 miles and a 17 mile "full moon." We went into it thinking we'd shoot for the half moon, but ended up making it the full 17 mile course. We both have an even newer appreciation for cyclists (you know our love of watching the Tour de France), and hope to participate in the Moonlight ride again next year!

Early Sunday Brandon arrived, much to the surprise and delight of this guy:

He'll be in town for a few days before heading back up to begin the fall semester at JMU, so we've got a couple fun things planned like white water rafting on Tuesday and a big family lunch at my parents' house yesterday:

While there, I snapped a shot of how my mother dries and preserves the late summer bounty of garden herbs she's got coming in:

These are all laid out atop of a window screen that's resting over 4 rocks glasses in her attic — pretty creative! Once dry, she crumbles the leaves into individual jars for use over the fall and winter.

Mom and Dad sent us home with fresh tomatoes and peppers from their garden which we've been cutting up to serve with fresh family style breakfasts:

I just love this time of year, when summer produce is at it's peak and there's just so much to use and eat.

We hope you had a great weekend — participate in any weekend events or harvest your garden? We'd love to know what you've got going on!

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