tamidon: (Default)
2017-08-20 12:10 pm

Please pick peaches at my house

So, for those who are from far away, or new to my FB friends list, you may be wondering " WTF with all the peaches ,Tamar ?" Let me explain :
About 4 years ago, after eldest headed off for GT, we realised a few things. Youngest would be heading out in a few years, the house was enormous for just 2 people, and there were a lot of things I wanted to do that I couldnt do in Littleton, like have a garden, more chickens, goats, stuff like that. Since I also realised I was going to have to retire from cooking due to my ankle getting worse and worse, I was also going to be out of a job and career, too.So, we started thinking about selling our big house and moving to a smaller one, in a Right to Farm town. About 3 years ago a college friend of Mark's, Bill Caloccia, passed away after a prolonged illness. Bill had a small house on 2 acres in a Right to Farm town, making it perfect for us. The house needed a lot of work, but had good bones, and we could see it working for us eventually.
Bill had a plan to eventually retire from IT security and be a gentleman farmer, and he started planting an orchard. By the time he got ill he had 60 dwarf fruit trees planted. There are plans hanging in a closet that show he wanted to plant about 30 trees more, but didnt get to it. By the time we actually got the house and moved in the orchard hadn't really been tended for 4 years or so. The dwarf trees are not so dwarf anymore.
In New England last year, especially Massachusetts, no one had a good fruit harvest. 2 Weeks of high temps in January got trees budding and then a hard freeze in early february killed all the buds, and then there was a very bad drought in our area. There was no fruit, anywhere, aside from some apple orchards doing OK, and oddly enough our Asian pears were OK. Frankly, we figured we might end having to cut down most of the orchard, because they were doing nothing, were seriously overgrown, and werent worth saving. Then this year happened. Perfect weather, good rain, and a lot of these trees are producing huge amounts for all that they are overgrown. A few trees have branches breaking off because they have too much fruit. This is great, but is way way too much for anything I can deal with on my own. I have no interest in being a professional farmer, this would require employees to pick, etc... way too much. However, Bill must have put 10s of thousands of dollars into that orchard, it would be a shame to just cut it down. So, I am asking friends to come pick fruit constantly. I am working on trying to hook up with the Boston Gleaners, or people like them, and if I can manage to get them to pick and take all the fruit for the food banks, that would be great. For now, tho, please , come pick peaches (and in a few weeks pears, Asian pears, and apples)
tamidon: (Bob the Builder)
2017-04-06 12:18 pm

I'm here

Not particularly sure I'll be posting here anymore than I have on LJ for the past several years, but here I am
tamidon: (Default)
2015-10-12 01:57 pm

Wow, more than 2 years since I posted here :-(

So, what's happening with the Amidon's ? Things have been a bit nuts over the past year or so, but hopefully it will be calming down soon. Really really hopeful.
A bit over a year ago we decided that we needed to move. This was because both girls were going to be going off to college really soon, our house is huge, and my hobbies with gardening,making jam, chickens, hopefully goats, and other stuff,'t is really suited to where we are.
Here's where things get interesting and a bit sad. Many of you knew Bill Callocia. He was a college classmate of Mark's, and many other people I know. He also was involved in many other groups. Land Rover road rally groups, electronics, music, Jazz Fest (Mark saw him annually there),and he worked at Left Bank with many people I know. Bill passed away last year on October 8. I apologize if you are someone finding this out from this posting.
At Bill's wake, I was chatting with Paul Krause, Bill's best friend and executor, about how we were planning on moving so we could have a smaller house and I could have chickens and goats, and it didn't ping then. A week later I was having nibbles and drinks with Kristen Norwood when she asked me what we were looking for. I said "A smaller house on at least 1 acre of usable land in a Freedom to Farm community near rt495 which would be Bolton,Stow, Berlin, or Harvard. Maybe Hudson". Without missing a beat Kristen said "That's exactly Bill's house".
It turns out that, along with his many other interests, Bill was into small hobby farming. He had a small house on 2 acres of land that he was already turning into a farm.
Long story short, we're buying it, we signed the P&S last week. This is a perfect place for me. He put in 60 fruit trees, which have been neglected horribly, but at least 1/3rd have survived. We picked 80# of Asian pears today, and apples. There is over 1/3rd an acre fenced for a back yard and dog run. There is 3/4 of an acre I can turn into a goat corral, and then lots of space to put in gooseberries, currants, blackberries,raspberries, elderberries, and blueberries. It's across the street from a farm with large farmstand, that I can buy tomatoes from instead of trying to grow my own. Lots of space easily turned into a chicken run. There is plenty of space for me to try out lots of different things, from berry bushes, to guinea hens, to goats, to whatever I want. Anything that turns out I'm not so into, I can stop and switch to something else.
At first we didnt think the timing would work. Paul has had a huge amount of work to do, sorting and dealing with the legal issues attached to a property stuffed with huge amounts of stuff from Bill's various interests, and getting them to the appropriate folks sometime soon.However, the whole ice debacle has delayed our selling our house, and now I worry more that we won't sell our house in time. It looks like we can carry both for at least a while, but everyone needs to wish really hard that someone buys this place.
I am also sad that I never knew Bill was into all this. I only met him a few times, Mark saw him every year at the Jazz fest. Unsurprisingly, they talked about jazz and work, Mark didn't tell him about his wife's chicken stuff, and Bill didn't talk about his farm. I think Bill and I would have had a lot of fun talking about this stuff with each other. It makes me, and a bunch of other folks including his family, feel good to think that I'm going to be carrying on with his plans. I'll still be calling it The Wee Farm , as he did, and I hope to get the ow defunct website updated and continue on.
tamidon: (Flying Pigs)
2013-01-26 09:07 pm

Lyme and Arisia and stuff

The Lyme disease stuff is getting better. I'm still really stiff in my right knee and having pain issues. I'm hoping to get totally past it over the next few months.
Arisia was fun, but really low key for me. After being very unsocial for the past several months it was a bit hard suddenly being among so many people. I took many retreats back to our hotel room. The kids had an awesome time, and Alyssa was repeatedly praised to me for her running of Teen Lounge. The Teen Lounge is really working out to be a great thing, but it doesnt hurt that we have a great bunch of kids. I have no idea if Alyssa will do it next year since we don't know where she'll be for college, but hopefully it will be carried on by someone.
tamidon: (Default)
2012-12-29 08:59 am

Let's see how this crossposting works

hopefully it will. I have always liked LJ, but it seems everyone's moving AND lj gets flakier and flakier. I'm not even over on LJ that often, but I like who and what I read there, and all y'all seem to be moving
tamidon: (Adiracat)
2012-01-08 11:02 am

Babysitting at Arisia

Adira is interested in babysitting at Arisia, so if you're looking let me know. Red Cross certified and all that nonsense. Alyssa is giving babysitting a pass this year.

Tamar
tamidon: (Adiracat)
2012-01-08 11:02 am

Babysitting at Arisia

Adira is interested in babysitting at Arisia, so if you're looking let me know. Red Cross certified and all that nonsense. Alyssa is giving babysitting a pass this year.

Tamar
tamidon: (Tired)
2011-09-10 08:33 pm

9 cakes, 1 day

I so wanted to enjoy EOS, but it was a long couple of days. at least I didnt have to make them. They were beautiful tho
tamidon: (Tired)
2011-09-10 08:33 pm

9 cakes, 1 day

I so wanted to enjoy EOS, but it was a long couple of days. at least I didnt have to make them. They were beautiful tho
tamidon: (Tired)
2011-09-10 08:33 pm

9 cakes, 1 day

I so wanted to enjoy EOS, but it was a long couple of days. at least I didnt have to make them. They were beautiful tho
tamidon: (canning)
2011-09-05 09:42 pm

Things I want to get canned this fall(and worry I won't get to)

Salsa
tomato sauce
apple cider syrup
strong chicken stock
tamidon: (canning)
2011-09-05 09:42 pm

Things I want to get canned this fall(and worry I won't get to)

Salsa
tomato sauce
apple cider syrup
strong chicken stock
tamidon: (canning)
2011-09-05 09:42 pm

Things I want to get canned this fall(and worry I won't get to)

Salsa
tomato sauce
apple cider syrup
strong chicken stock
tamidon: (chef with coffee)
2011-08-18 10:46 am

Last night in service

Tonight is my last night working service at Sprig's. a little sad to go. I make pasta tomorrow, but tonight is that last of the hard stuff. Last night was really busy, but we were done and ready to start cleaning at 8:50, when a deuce walked in at, no shit, 8:57. Fun times.

In a few weeks I start working for Jeannie and that will be good
tamidon: (chef with coffee)
2011-08-18 10:46 am

Last night in service

Tonight is my last night working service at Sprig's. a little sad to go. I make pasta tomorrow, but tonight is that last of the hard stuff. Last night was really busy, but we were done and ready to start cleaning at 8:50, when a deuce walked in at, no shit, 8:57. Fun times.

In a few weeks I start working for Jeannie and that will be good
tamidon: (chef with coffee)
2011-08-18 10:46 am

Last night in service

Tonight is my last night working service at Sprig's. a little sad to go. I make pasta tomorrow, but tonight is that last of the hard stuff. Last night was really busy, but we were done and ready to start cleaning at 8:50, when a deuce walked in at, no shit, 8:57. Fun times.

In a few weeks I start working for Jeannie and that will be good
tamidon: (Adiracat)
2011-08-10 02:17 pm

Pool passes for One Stop Fun

we have pool passes for One Stop Fun in Westford. The place is a fun pool area, but skewed a bit young for our kids. Daily passes are usually 15$ per kid, adults free. free wifi and seating while your kids get wet. We bought 5 for 35$, would be happy if got 25$ for them
tamidon: (Adiracat)
2011-08-10 02:17 pm

Pool passes for One Stop Fun

we have pool passes for One Stop Fun in Westford. The place is a fun pool area, but skewed a bit young for our kids. Daily passes are usually 15$ per kid, adults free. free wifi and seating while your kids get wet. We bought 5 for 35$, would be happy if got 25$ for them
tamidon: (Adiracat)
2011-08-10 02:17 pm

Pool passes for One Stop Fun

we have pool passes for One Stop Fun in Westford. The place is a fun pool area, but skewed a bit young for our kids. Daily passes are usually 15$ per kid, adults free. free wifi and seating while your kids get wet. We bought 5 for 35$, would be happy if got 25$ for them
tamidon: (Bob the Builder)
2011-08-10 12:25 pm

Appropriate icon of the day

not really, but it feels like it.

we've had to replace our windows and 1 skylight in the fam room in the back of our house. We spend 80% of our awake time in there, but the windows were crappy and 1 skylight was cracked from ice damage this past winter. We figure replacing them, while expensive, will pay for itself in improved heating bills. The windows and slider got done a few weeks ago, but the skylight was done last night. Now, only 1 skylight was broken, but wow it was screwed. 2 full width cracks, plus the glass had shifted. leaking barely describes it. Home depot said that while we could replace just one skylight, since the other 2 were fine, we had agree to let them reflash and reshingle the other 2 skylights. I wasnt thrilled as the roof was just done 2 years ago, but I understand their logic. they dont want to have to be responsible if someone else's crappy roof job causes leaks and it cant be figured out who's work is responsible. So we agreed.
the work got done yesterday. The skylight they brought was a better one then we asked for, we wanted one that was static, they brought one that opens and is screened, but OK, we're not paying for anything extra and it was worth it for them to not have to go back and get cheaper skylight. Work is done, they leave(but I wasnt there, I was at work by then) and we settle in and admire the work. The we get a torrential rainstorm. the new skylight? Solid and dripfree. Our old, perfectly good, non leaking skylight? One is leaking like a sunnofabitch. Luckily we have not yet signed our satisfaction contract, and they're sending someone out. So glad we got a heavy rainfall last night