Most impressively, there is a chicken coop. . . a real, live, cozy chicken house all ready for some soon-to-arrive feathered friends.
There's a brand-new garden plot ready for a-planting! Lettuce and spinach and corn, oh my!
Herbs are growing in pots by the house.
Perennials are reappearing everywhere.
And in the farmer's fields surrounding Merry Mount, little corn plants are popping up in linear rows that stretch as far as the eye can see.
After a long winter of icy trips to Merry Mount, with snow swirling around the barren fields, a gloriously gorgeous Memorial weekend visit was a treat. Truly!
Old friends gathered from Missouri and Indiana and from up the road in Columbus.
The doggies were happy.
And the late afternoon sun cast a golden hue.
Oh Merry Mount, how olive you!
Good food, good friends and the best setting ever!
In the dewy hour
before the farmhouse wakes
and the white clapboard sides
harden into view,
the trilling finches and the bickering jays
taunt and tease the slow-footed Sun,
he reaches West to paint again
the eave and roof and rail
a fresh vermillion.
Merry Mount 2014
'Til next time! Here's the recipe for Sesame Noodles:
1/4 cup light or gluten free soy sauce
2 T red wine vinegar
juice of one lime
6 tablespoons cold water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 ounces dried angel hair pasta or linguine, cooked al dente
scallions, slivered red bell pepper, sesame seeds
lime wedges, fresh cilantro
Place first 7 ingredients in food processor and blend on high until well blended, about 1 minute. Add peanut butter and blend. Add oils on low speed.
Place thge pasta in a large bowl and toss with 1 1/2 cups of the sauce. Add scallions, red bell pepper and sesame seeds. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with a lime wedge.