We finally got the keys!! Such a fun first night camping out in the farm house. We hiked out the to the back corner of the property and into the wild BLM land to discover the most incredible wilderness, stark mountains and a dramatic canyon. Giant oak trees, both standing and fallen (and some burned out from fire years before) stud the landscape and huge hawks soar overhead.

Back on the farm, our three calves are quite shy. I think it’s going to be a little while before we can get a halter on them…..

The wind whipped itself up into a frenzy on Saturday night and got stronger throughout the day on Sunday with gusts up to 70 mph, culminating in SDGE cutting power to much of the back country late Sunday night, in an effort to mitigate the risk of explosive wildfires. We’re hoping it’ll be restored this evening (Wednesday) if the wind dies down enough.

I spent a sleepless night thinking windows would blow out and worrying about fire as the desperately dry winds pummeled the property, seemingly from all sides. The strong oaks stood steadfast and the supple younger maple trees remained resilient but with no power, the house got super cold (too dangerous to light a fire in case an ember made it through the chimney screen) and the the water stopped because there was no power to the well pump.

The painting crew dutifully arrived and agreed to start despite the tough conditions (they’ll have to take their brushes home to wash). I can’t wait to see all the walls in their calm new hues of earthy gray….. I hope the charcoal color chosen for the accent walls isn’t too dramatic!

And so the countdown to Saturday and our next journey up the mountain, with yet another carload (or two) of stuff to primp and prep for Thanksgiving and two fun nights with some of our favorite friends.


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