I realized the other day that I have a rather sporadic blog posting “schedule” and thought that I had better get another post out and try and keep up with a much more regular schedule. Most of the posting that I have done in the past have been inclined more toward the business end of things and thinking that some of you might just want to know more about me, as a person, not just a cheesemaker.
This weekend as I was traveling with the family home from Iowa where we spent a very short and fast weekend with family out there. It dawned on me, trees, that what makes there area different than here. Sure the land rolls much more than here but the one thing that sticks out is the trees. I have traveled around a fair bit because of the cheese. Mostly for educational needs and it has exposed me to a lot of different terrains. It’s no surprise that I enjoyed myself in Ireland immensely and learned more than I thought I would. When asked if I could live over there I have to reply that it would take time to get used to the way their trees are. They are not like home here in Northwest Ohio. The same goes for out in Iowa where we were. The trees don’t grow in forest areas like here, nor do they grow straight and tall because of the competition from other trees. I’ve been to the Northeast many times and out to the Pacific Northwest once and both of those places were areas that had nice trees that complimented the ones here. It never dawned on me before what a profound impact that something as trivial as trees can have on a person.
So the next time you go out, observe the area around you, at a slow pace. If you go to fast you will miss something. Something like the difference in the trees from area to area.
On the cheese front things are looking good. This week will be the first week that cheeses from this year will be released.
From the lab room,