Between us at Harley Farms, we've had every kind of wedding, from ritzy to the back yard, from fabulously styled to secret registry office. I won't tell you about mine - I wish we'd had the farm then! I have been married for almost twenty-five years. It doesn't stop me from becoming ridiculously romantic about each and every wedding we host here on the farm. Last Saturday was a January wedding for a gorgeous couple who chose a rustic ceremony in our woodland gardens, followed by an evening feast in the hayloft.
We make all flower arrangements for our farm weddings from seasonal blossom and foliage here in Pescadero, to complement the naturally rustic surroundings. Here are our winter wedding flowers for this stunning couple.
The flower diadems were specially commissioned for the wedding
The bride's bouquet is the soft green of Corsican hellebores (lenten roses) with curly willow
We pinned matching corsages and boutonnieres to the wedding guests around the bonfire, before the ceremony
Farm office manager Adriana can marry you, if you would like a civil ceremony
Adriana does not usually carry a knife at ceremonies. Only if the rings get trapped in the lining of your jacket!
The musician was beautifully accessorized for a winter wedding in the woods
After the wedding, guests gathered below the hayloft at the farm
Thank you to everybody who stopped by Muttville Rescue at the farm Christmas fair today, and to Muttville for bringing their senior rescue dogs looking for forever homes. Senior rescue dogs have a place in my heart.
not a "mistake". You know how you're never quite sure whether a goat is pregnant or just chubby? No - just us, then? We have December babies here. Twins, born yesterday.
Clearly, Holstein got into the wrong pen at the wrong time. We anticipate more this week - come and see the babies, who'll be outside in Tony's Pen for you to admire if weather permitsMost of the girls seem pregnant - or fat - we're obviously not expertsThey seem docile, thoughtful; they take it easy around the loafing barnOthers seem friskier, ready for a good timeBut he's a player, so there's quite a lineFather of this week's Miracle Babies, and many moreMeanwhile, we've been cleaning out the loafing barn ready for birthing. Goats come into the barn to give birth - they don't have babies in the pastureSince this ...
leads to this ...and ultimately this, we have to rent heavy-duty equipment at this time of year, before the ground gets waterlogged with rain, and scoop out the barn. We dust the floor with agricultural lime to sweeten and disinfect, and add fresh straw collected from our neighbors across the street, the MooresWe age the manure, away from the goats. It's ideal for garden compostMaybe we'll call this one Miracle? At least there's a clean straw bed for them
It's our Christmas Faire in two weekends, and the farm shop and nursery barn will be magnificent in red FarmPaint.
Karolynne and David begin the first coat
David just got back from South America. He worked on a Peruvian quinoa farm translating and delivering, and then took buses through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Haggling down the gringo prices was good for his Spanish. He loved the street food, but "it didn't love me". Now, get back to work.
On your hands
And on your cats - but no problem - milk paint washes off easily. Puss'll be fine
Still no rain. None in the forecast. Dust, not mud. Stiff upper lip - we just have to carry on enjoying autumn. The cheese shop has baskets of persimmons brought in from Meryl's tree. She has the fuyu variety - the less astringent kind which you can eat like an apple when it's still firm, slice into salads when it's a little riper, or leave to soften if you fancy persimmon pudding.
If you have a persimmon tree, you will be giving them away by the boxful. They will ripen off the tree
These ones in the kitchen look almost ripe - if you can pull the calyx out easily, they are ready to eat, and you can spoon the flesh out from the skin. I don't know what the cook has planned for these. Like quince, fuyu persimmon will work well with meat, too
Quince grows well in Pescadero and there are several trees in town, enough quince for everybody. Bring the windfall quinces inside for their glorious scent
Litter of pink and yellow leaves under the different-colored plum trees in the secret garden
Deer have eaten all the apple leaves in reach. We plan to lease some of the garden - the old restaurant vegetable garden on the way into the secret garden - and will have to fence to keep the deer away from luscious crops
Still no rain, but an excellent crop of flower seeds. We save our sunflowers, nigella, cosmos, cleome and tithonia