As promised, I’ve brought you a few photos from the Portage County Randolph Fair. Next year I might go on my own during the week so I can spend more time looking at and photographing the animals. I’m not sure which are my favorites. It’s a toss up between the cows and the goats.
Another day. Another batch of tomatoes sitting in a boiling water bath while I wait for them to finish processing. I hope today’s canning adventures are successful. I had a little trouble yesterday. As the jars of tomatoes were processing, they were leaking. The jars didn’t seal so I dumped them all out into a bowl and decided to start over.
I would take photos of all those beautiful red tomatoes but — would you believe it? — I still haven’t uploaded and looked at all of the Colorado pictures. It’s not a lack of motivation. It’s a lack of time. And a lack of space. My computer has run out of room.
I did manage to clear out some of the old photos and move them on to the back-up hard drive. That should give me room for a few hundred or so of the Colorado pictures. I hope.
I noticed this morning that the leaves on the maple trees out front are starting to fall and carpet the lawn. It’s the lack of rain, I think. We have had very little rain this month. I am about ready to do a rain dance. Hopefully we’ll get some rain from the cold front that is supposed to move through tonight or tomorrow.
That’s about it from the Bogs for now. The tomatoes are almost finished. I think I’ll make some salsa today, once I’m finished with the canning. We’ve invited friends to come over on Sunday and will be having fish tacos. Fresh salsa would be a good thing to have with those.
My favorite faces at the county fair were those of my granddaughters, Emma and Maddy. Maddy really liked the tractor she’s sitting on in the above photo. Her father tried moving her to other tractors but she kept wanting to come back to this one.
Almost all of the pigs were sleeping when we passed through the swine barn. It made me wonder how much time they usually spend sleeping.
Many of the sheep were already shorn, but there was this one…
Looks like it could use a haircut.
I think one of Emma’s favorites involved the horses being put through their paces by the young girls. I gather Emma has had a few riding lessons.
(Emma watching the horses.)
The alpacas cracked me up. I’d like to learn about raising alpacas. They seem like interesting animals.
I took this photo at the Portage County Randolph Fair last summer (August 2009) while looking up at all the ribbons. You can see a bit of Cody in the background (look to the right and you’ll see his ear). Cody had quite a collection of ribbons, some hanging above those shown.