|And we thought our car was packed to the gills!|
While we were on his farm we helped him with various projects. We pruned his two kiwi plants and then built a nice trellis for them. Because of the unseasonably warm weather, we spent most of our time outside instead of in the greenhouse, though we still helped prep it and planted a variety of seeds. We also helped with a cabin he is building in the woods for future WWOOFers, Randy helped reinforce the walls while I cleared brush around the cabin, and we both cleared a space for a garden. The ground is incredibly rocky, and making a garden bed out of a forest floor is hard work, involving maddoxes, hoedads, and spudbars. It was on a slope, so we also built a rather impressive first attempt at a rock retaining wall on the lower edge.
After a hard day's work we often watched DVDs that Gerald thoughtfully provided about farming and environmental issues. One night we successfully made raw milk ice cream in the little portable, spherical ice cream maker that Randy got me for Christmas. Since there was no vanilla, we used a vanilla-flavored meal replacement shake mix, but it came out delicious.
On Sunday morning we decided to go to church to get a feel for the town. The church made up half the town, both in population and in structure. The other half was a store/gas station/post office across the street. Everyone at the Tilly Missionary Baptist Church was incredibly welcoming and friendly. Two women immediately made us feel at home, and introduced us to almost the entire congregation. We were repeatedly told by churchgoers how proud they were that we had decided to worship with them, and told to come back anytime. The hymnals used shape notes, which was exciting for us because we had only ever heard of shape notes on NPR.
|The iconic Tilly Mountain Farm windmill|