I flew into SLC late Thursday afternoon.
First things first - getting started on "Bill's Story" - a collection of slides and songs from the early '70s, now about to be available on DVD.
Long driveway leading to Fruitland Farm. That's Sunny on the left. He has trained Joel (on the right) to fetch the paper every morning. .. Note creek on the right.
The creek is the boundary for about half of their three-acre farm.
The horses belong to their neighbor. .. Ben Lomond Pk, the local high point, hidden in clouds on left.
Wandering into the back yard.
See - they grow apples in their vegetable garden!
Note the retired corn stalks.
The artesian well runs all year - and provides all their water needs.
[Artesian means natural water pressure - no pump needed.]
The chickens are penned in the apple grove.
Note two bee colony boxes in the back right.
They have eight hens and one rooster (on the far left here).
Of the original twelve baby chicks, over time three have been lost to a fox (or to Joel's dinner table).
Different colored hens but they all lay brown eggs, except the rooster's aren't brown.
They always wander about together, like a flock of chickens.
Joel has trained them to love apples.
But first they peck the apples to death.
Sunny also eats his share of apples.
This late in the year, the bees are pretty dormant (or we'd be wearing bee-proof suits). .. Joel harvested about 60 lbs of honey - hopefully leaving enough to last the bees for the winter.
Joel and Debbie built the hen house.
The fence for the pen is electrically charged - to keep Sunny and the fox out.
They usually lay their eggs late in the morning - providing a total of about six every day.
The rear of the farm house.
Oh my gosh, Joel has dug up some potatoes - right out of the ground.
Like it or not, everyone has at least one omelette a day. :)
Friday afternoon - time for a little hike.
We're starting at the top, by the kiln, and heading to Nevada Viewpoint.
I know, you're asking - why isn't Joel carrying the climbing rope?
I can see this far - how about you?
Are you sure we're looking into Nevada?
Checking out the "Emergency Shelter." .. Better to avoid an emergency!
OK - hike over, just in time for our hot springs visit.
Overhead pipe is all that's left of the dam that was here. :)
Springs are up ahead on left.
Natural hot springs with man-made pools next to the creek - perfect.
And all to ourselves - more perfect.
The water is less hot (more bearable) as it descends.
Yes - life is good in Utah.
[And there is no bad smell.]
Saturday morning - waffles with homemade honey and preserves.
Debbie doesn't show yet, but their first kid is due next May.
That's what those buckets are for - picking up all the downed apples.
The apples are then fed to the garden - now long past its prime.
Great pix of the garden, etc here: http://gallery.me.com/grasmeyer