I have no words to describe just how much I enjoyed my internship the past month. I was able to learn, try, and experience many wonderful new things. Memories were made that I shall never forget.
Nearing my final week on the farm, I buckled down and got to work constructing a book. Three signatures, thirty pages, three cardboard pieces, one square of fabric, a ton of measuring and a boatload of glue later — it was complete! At the moment (save for various stamps that I may have gone a little overboard with) the book is blank. I shall probably fill it with a collection of poems.
I worked for an entire morning in the Lost Arts kitchen, dicing a never-ending supply of tomatoes for making Simply Fermented Salsa. My fingers still smell like ketchup… but I had fun!
We also received a supply of mail- order chicks; Cornish Cross (meat birds) and Lavender Orpingtons. Sadly, they succeeded in trampling the smallest duckling to death one night. As I have said before: stupid creatures. Speaking of Lavender Orps…
There is one adult Lavender Orpington, “Lav” for short, that wanders around with the Blue Hen geese. In fact, Lav probably thinks she is a goose! We debated whether Lav was a rooster or hen, because she looks very much like a rooster, but never crows. That is until two weeks ago. Mema and I were finishing up our work in Lost Arts house, when we heard a very loud and boisterous crow, from just outside the house. I looked out the front door to see none other than Lav, feathers proudly puffed up, crowing his heart out! Every day since then, he has promptly and loudly announced when it is dinner-time for all the farm to hear. Lav was quite thrilled to discover that he can do something none of the other geese can!
The last week of my stay was highlighted with the arrival of my family, who came for a spring break “family farm-cation”! Such a fantastic finale for my trip! We had a great time together, especially watching Papa’s dance moves to the Mission: Impossible theme song. My brother and I also got to taste rabbit stew for the first time; truly a delectable dish!
Unfortunately, my last days on the farm were bittersweet. Tuesday, the morning after my family arrived, we walked into the Blue Hen Henyard only to discover poor Shellden, lying dead in the middle of it. Needless to say that was quite a shock. Papa surmises that it was a rattlesnake. Top that news with the fact that Puffy (the rabbit) also died that morning, and it was a pretty sorrowful day. I know it may seem silly to mourn a goose, but I grew pretty fond of Shellden. He was hatched almost a year ago, the last time I visited. Papa had to help him escape his shell, then we also saved him just in time from being trampled to death by older goslings. Shellden, the smallest weakling, pulled through to become the biggest, and leader of the gaggle. We’re going to miss our orange-footed, snow-feathered friend.
The next day, my family sang a Lament for Shellden (and Puffy), which Mema posted, if you’d like to see it. Then we dried our tears and set out to make the most of our last day.
I made pancakes for breakfast — look at me, adulting! Next, it was time to cauterize the kids’ horns. Papa used the “searing-hot burning-tool thingy” (definitely its official name), while my dad held each kid still and protected their face. Poor muffins, they raised such a racket and worried their mother sick, but thankfully it was over quickly. I watched the procedure while Sadie cuddled up in my arms. [Now, Mema, before I hear from you about spoiling the animals: don’t worry, it was just one time, on my last day, and she will be too big to pick up the next time I see her! ;)]
The rest of the day was spent in the Lost Arts House. My mom and I each worked on our designs for a section of the floor; she used stamps and I tried my hand with paint. I finally finished my “masterpiece” (I use the term loosely) after five hours — wowie!
For our last supper we enjoyed a feast of collard greens, carrots, pork roast, gravy, an abundance of rice pilaf and pound cake. Be still my beating heart! Then it was time for one last M.I. episode.
Morning came and we were off to the airport. After a relatively uneventful flight we landed safely in Ohio, had a Chick-fil-a dinner, and arrived home at last, where I finally got to see my dog again! I was also welcomed by my old friends: below-freezing temperatures and snow. Lovely.
While I am happy to be be back, I do miss the farm and my FL family. And warm weather and sunshine. Definitely planning on visiting again soon, and I would love to do another internship — if Mema and Papa can stand me again for so long!
To bring this entry to a close, I would like to share another video I made; this one is about about the new life on the farm:
Thank you so much for following my “Adventures in Internship” for the past month! I never expected so many people outside of my family to read and/or comment. Hopefully I will return to the farm soon. However, I am certain there will still be plenty of adventures happening on the farm, even while I am gone.
That is all for now, folks! Lots of love,
Sofi Grace 🙂 <3