November 30, 2004

Snowfall

We had our first snowfall last evening. Here are some pictures — these are all just thumbnails, if you click on the image, you will see it full-sized.

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This is my studio - the computers, photography and music stuff live here.
I just built a fire in the stove.

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Our house.

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Sascha is definitely in her element. She is a Siberian Husky
A real Powder-Hound

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Our critters are out grazing

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Oreo's first taste of snow.

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Our two sheep - Seamus and Kiwi.

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Jen and Gohan share a quiet moment.

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November 27, 2004

Winter Activities

Now that everything is going dormant for the season, life on the Farm shifts to inside activities.

Here is Jennifer weaving — these are clickable for a larger image:

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Also, our permits have been applied for and are underway. We just got our Washington Liquor Control Board poster and have it displayed by our driveway. If any of our neighbors have cause to complain, now is the time to do so. Not a peep — I love living here…

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Finally, the weather has been the usual November bluster. We had 4.5 inches of warm rain Thanksgiving day - couple of roads closed to to flooding, some washouts, etc… We then got a cold snap with some more precipitation last evening. This is Black Mountain today. Snow level is down to about 1,200 feet.

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Finally, this is the view that greets us from our back porch — Mt. Baker

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November 24, 2004

Deluge

November is generally a wet month but we have been hit today with over 4” of rain. Things are fine, Jen just checked all of our 140 new trees last week and they did fine over the summer and are tucking in for a couple months of rest.

Working on a couple test batches of cider, refining the process and checking different yeast strains against known apple juices to see what tastes the best. Fun stuff — homebrewing is the first time I ever made actual use of my college microbiology courses.

Working with an Architect to design the main Cidery building but I found out a few days ago that a building on the main drag in town is for sale. There is some fire damage and it has been sitting vacant for about a year —but— if it is available at the right price, the tasting room would see a lot more traffic. I'll be calling the owners this Friday to see what they want.

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November 20, 2004

Dancing about architecture

Had a wonderful phone conversation with our Architect regarding the new Cidery.

The plans are starting to look really nice (think traditional New England Dairy Barn) and will work well with us — lots of storage and a nice workflow. Groundbreaking is in early spring with completion in late fall.

We are still bouncing ideas back and forth but I should have a rough outline up here in a few days.

And the “Dancing about architecture” quote comes from Mr. Steve Martin:

“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”

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November 16, 2004

Email woes...

Some people have said that their emails to info@brownsnout.com get bounced back to them.
This does not always happen (and of course, it always works for me - the sys-admins lament).
I am looking into this but for now, you can also use my personal email.

My email is dh@synthstuff.com or click on this link

It would help to mention “Brownsnout” in the subject line so I can be sure to catch it.

I will delete this post when I get the email running reliably and it has been tested several times by several outside people.

Thank you!

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November 14, 2004

Busy!!!

The last few months have been very very busy so I must apologize for the lack of posting.

I have some new material plus some changes to the website that will be slip-streamed in gradually over the next few weeks…

Some highlights:

Classes — Jen and I took the Cider Making class at the Western Washington Fruit Research Station in Mt. Vernon last spring. The two sessions were taught by Peter Mitchell. Peter is one of the United Kingdom's best known resources for Cider and Perry and to have him come over to our part of the USA was an honor and a treat. We learned a lot!

My Day Job — for several years, I had been employed by these people: The Glosten Associates. Wonderful place to work and in actuality, we were first looking for acreage across Puget Sound so that I could continue working there, commuting by ferry. When we found the place we have now, I gave them notice that I would be moving up full-time. The only hitch is that Glosten was moving five blocks to a new office having outgrown their old space (they are currently at around 60 people). The move was scheduled for June 12th so my last day was June 13th. I was one of the two IT people so needed to get my replacement up and running and do all of the infrastructure planning for the new space.

Crush Time — When we moved onto the property, there were already several mature Apple Trees. I spent this summer building a hydraulic press and with using a large household garbage disposal as a grinder, we were able to get close to 50 gallons of fresh juice. The press still needs to have a few kinks ironed out but the design is solid and we were able to get excellent extraction of juice. Te first day was very much of a Chinese Fire Drill but after a while, we got a good work-flow going and it went very smoothly. Having a decent (big) welder and a plasma cutter helped immeasurably.

These are just three of the things that have been happening lately. As I said, I have a few changes to make on the website design and some new content that will be going up over the next couple weeks.

We are now estimating to be in full production of our first product, the Farm Draft Cider (sold in kegs only) by Fall of 2005. The construction of our 2,400 Sq. Ft. Cidery and Tasting Room begins this early spring.

Check back every week or so for updates and photos!

Dave and Jen Halliday
info@brownsnout.com

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