The other day we took the afternoon off and spent a few lazy hours at the river. The kids loved throwing rocks and we loved relaxing in the tubes. We all enjoyed a nice cool break despite the summer deciding to turn the heat back up.

Although it is hot again now, we have been reveling in the on-and-off cooler weather! The coolness, along with a bit more rain, is helping all of our fall crops germinate. And all our established summer crops don't mind a little less heat either. The cooler weather also enables us to actually work outside all day, instead of retreating inside for the "hot part", so we have been getting a lot done. We have been direct seeding radishes, lettuces, spinach, arugula, beets, carrots and more!

This past week we gave away the last of our chickens, making us chicken-free for the first time in years. We had a few big massacres while we were away earlier in the summer, and decided to take a break from chickens until next spring. So we butchered the roosters, gave away the laying hens, and now are enjoying less responsibility!