Around Ridge Pond

by Cari Balbo


We've run the woodstove more than we would have expected in June so far but the forecast is looking warm and seasonal for the next several days. Some images from the farm over the past few weeks. 

 Mike says I'm slightly obsessed with the sky here. He's right...I don't feel I ever noticed the sky and clouds as much as I do here. 

Mike says I'm slightly obsessed with the sky here. He's right...I don't feel I ever noticed the sky and clouds as much as I do here. 

 It looks like a piece of gauzy fabric is stretched over the sky.  

It looks like a piece of gauzy fabric is stretched over the sky.  

 Moonlight

Moonlight

 Winter is always coming. But so are summer, fall and next spring.  

Winter is always coming. But so are summer, fall and next spring.  

 A man and his barn. A love story.  

A man and his barn. A love story.  

 The campfire is ready for the first fire of the season.  

The campfire is ready for the first fire of the season.  

 Comfrey in the medicinal herb garden.  

Comfrey in the medicinal herb garden.  

 This is the first time I've ever grown comfrey and I'm smitten. 

This is the first time I've ever grown comfrey and I'm smitten. 

 Apple mint

Apple mint

 Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle

 Kale kaleidoscope  

Kale kaleidoscope  

 One of our potato beds

One of our potato beds

 Garlic jungle

Garlic jungle

 Nodhead apple babies beginning to blush.  

Nodhead apple babies beginning to blush.  

 So excited for the apple harvest this year.  

So excited for the apple harvest this year.  

 Rosy maple moth. Possibly the cutest insect ever.  

Rosy maple moth. Possibly the cutest insect ever.  

 Oh, calendula, as useful as you are cheery.  

Oh, calendula, as useful as you are cheery.  

 Morning dew on calendula. 

Morning dew on calendula. 

 An awesome gift from a friend and neighbor whose grandmother was born and raised here. We love the living connections we have to the history of this place.  

An awesome gift from a friend and neighbor whose grandmother was born and raised here. We love the living connections we have to the history of this place.  

 Brilliant green of spruce sugar.  

Brilliant green of spruce sugar.  

 3 variations on spruce salt. At least one will go into a limited edition spruce salt scrub for Ridge Pond Herbals. 

3 variations on spruce salt. At least one will go into a limited edition spruce salt scrub for Ridge Pond Herbals. 

These last two are not from our farm, but from my parents' who live a couple miles away.  

 The inside of my parents' barn, circa 1700-something. They had the structure restored recently and my dad is in the process of finishing renovations and adding a room for chickens. 

The inside of my parents' barn, circa 1700-something. They had the structure restored recently and my dad is in the process of finishing renovations and adding a room for chickens. 

 The whale weathervane on my parents' barn is my favorite of all time.  

The whale weathervane on my parents' barn is my favorite of all time.