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After I retired I wanted to stay busy on our farm. My almost 30 year career was in the hunting & fishing industry, so raising the birds I had hunted for years was a natural for me. Being married to my best friend, wife & help mate is all I could ask for. My wife of 34 years and I love living on our farm and doing the chores it takes to maintain it. We are living a wonderful slow life in our retirement. Our grand daughter is such joy. Having a big garden to feed us, raising bees for honey, loving our pets and no debt. I feel blessed to have enjoyed this country living and sustaining our family through growing our food and simple ways my whole life. I am happy to see others across this great country deciding to live instead of just collecting more. A less-stress farm life is making us very happy. *******************************************************

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Day With A Friend on the Farm

 I had asked my old friend Mark to come out to the farm yesterday.  We both are just 2 old, eccentric, bib overall wearing country boys.  We decided to to have a bit of breakfast first.  There is a Route 66 diner just a couple miles down the road from the farm that always has rib sticking biscuit and gravy.  We didn't want to have a big breakfast since we knew we were going to fire up my Big Green Egg when we got back.  Granny Debbie had to go to work but she prepared the pheasant feast for the smoker.  My lovely bride is from England and Mark always teases her so she really wanted to stay with the guys, but to bad, your job called first. She did fix an ole recipe from her english granny for Mark to snack on. They are simply called - sausage rolls, but they taste anything but simple. She spoils him even though he constantly threatens to steal her dog, Shadow. We fired the Egg up and when it reached 350 degrees our 2 young 1 1/2# pheasants and a couple ears of last years sweet garden corn landed on the grill.  She wrapped each bird with a strip of our homegrown bacon and stuffed them with our garden onions and a piece of mandarin orange for a sweet flavor.
It takes about 45 minutes for them to finish. We had a seat in front of one of my brooder barns and had a feast for a king. As we stuffed our faces we both just started to laugh. We had just been talking about the shape our country is in and how food prices are skyrocketing and possibly might be shortages.  Finally Mark said - people in the big cities will be looking forward to a meal like this at a fancy restaurant and willing to pay a lot of money for a pheasant dinner and us good ole' country boys are just sitting in front of a barn and flypen full of stinky quail on a pretty fall day like it's no big deal.  Believe us when we say it's not. The big deal was the fellowship of 2 old friends as we shared our past good times and making plans for new adventures as simple Ozark hillbillies. Wouldn't trade it for anything!!

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