Greetings from Jubilee Farm! It has been a long and chaotic last few weeks here on the farm so forgive me for not posting anything until now. While things have not exactly slowed down, it finally seems like most of the machines are working, the barns are looking ship shape, and the wine is bottled and ready to sell.

It is hard to imagine that just over six weeks ago we had not harvested the grapes or even held a single wedding at Jubilee. Oh how times have changed.    

Save for  incessant rain showers at both Jubilee and Woodlawn on Saturday - thanks Matthew, things were seamless and pleasant. The new mower arrived early last week and oh boy is she a beauty. Let me just tell you this is not you're father’s John Deere push mower. With a six foot deck and zero degree turning the grounds at both Jubilee and Woodlawn are looking tighter than ever.

It has been a huge advantage having all the machines working especially since the days are starting to get shorter and the evenings chillier!  

I am signing off for now - feel free to come by. You might catch us kicking around the hacky sack or on the slackline, but most likely you'll just have to try some Slack Tide Blanc and watch us work!

Cheers! Angus

Sunset over the water at Woodlawn Farm 

Sunset over the water at Woodlawn Farm 

 

 

 

Angus Viebranz mastering the farm activities

Angus joined us just as Rita Trommelschlaeger and Viki Hoetzendorfer were leaving the US to return to HBLA Elmberg in Linz, Austria.  Rita spent last summer in Denmark and Viki was in Ireland. Now they can add Washington, D.C., New York City, and Jubilee and Woodlawn Farms to their travel notes.  We miss them both.

Angus is in a gap year from Middlebury College and since he comes from a family of creative sorts who bridge the business and non-profit worlds quite readily, he agreed to continue the blog this fall.  Stay tuned for more from Angus.  He and I are both hoping to learn the craft of the single skull this fall --- from the resident expert Tuck.  Cool day today so the thought of gliding the waters on the creek is enticing.

We all love our little notes from Rita and Viki and mine is right here on my desk. Thanks Rita and Viki!

 

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The hardest part..

After our fancy trip to New York we had the hardest part of our practical training... saying good bye. It is never easy to leave a place you like especially when there a people who became your friends. It's impossible to discribe how much fun we had there and sometimes we just thought about how much luck we had to meet these kind, crazy, sweet and relaxed Americans and we recommend a practical training there for everyone.

 

Dear Maggie & Jim, Brandon, Tucker, David, Tobi and the other farmworkers we met,

it was such a wonderful time with you and we will never forget that. We wrote little "Thank you"-letters for you lovlies so we can say thanks to each of you because everyone did so much for us. We are very grateful to met you guys.

THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH FOR THAT CRAZY, FUNNY AND AWESOME PRATCTICAL TRAININIG!

 

Don't forget us and all the best,

---VIKI & RITA

Ocean City

Today we startet at 6am and drove to Ocean City with David because we really wanted to see a typical american beach. After 4 hours- drive we arrived there and the first impressions were awesome! There was a little city with very nice shops and immediately beside that there was the sandy beach- just beautiful! At first we walked along the Boardwalk and then we did a little bit of souvenier-shopping. After that we went to the beach and we had a super-chilly, sandy and salty afternoon. At the end we went into a little fun park and took a ride on the ghost train and David and Viki hadn't enough so they took a ride on a hardcore fast ball. (See on pictures). All in all it was a funny and chilly day and we enjoyed it very, very much.

---RITA & VIKI

Searching for some adventure

Today we did a little bit of weeding and after that we had a little swim in the pool. And then we wanted to take a bike-tour but the cycle tyres were flat so we decided to go for a little walk. Rita always wanted to know where a special path which we always see on the way to Jubilee Farm leads to, so we decided to walk around that area. On our way we saw a path wich was busted,  some parts of a car like seats and doors and an american hunters seat. So we had much fun on our trip and it was like a little discovering adventure for us.

---RITA & VIKI

We visted Alexandria

Today we visited Alexandria with David (who else?). Alexandria is an older, but a very beautiful city and there are many tourists. After walking around and doing a little bit of shopping we went on a boat tour to National Harbour and that was veeeeeery beautiful. At first we went in a huge candy shop and than we took a ride on the Ferris Wheel (David was a little bit scared, haha!). After that wonderful day we went backand we were at Jubilee Farm at 1:30 am.

Painting has to be done

Today we did lots of painting. We finished the whole cottage because we started painting a few days ago with Tucker, Brandon and David. We worked the whole day and now the cottage looks brandnew! After that we hoovered the floor and the deed was done!

---RITA & VIKI

Washington D.C is calling!

Today we had the pleasure to drive to Washington D.C with our bro David. We drove with the car to the next Metro Station and took a train to the city. The first impressions were awesome. We always knew that Washington must be beautiful like many cities but it really is much much more beautiful than any other cities we have ever seen! And we recomend it to everybody in the world, because it is not just the city which is so nice, no there are so many friendly and kind people and the food is delicous! That was such a wonderful day at the capital of the United States.

Day after Wedding

Every sunday is kind of stressful at Woodlawn. There are many rooms to be done because of the wedding guests who slept in them. So every morning we start with cleaning the bathrooms, puting the bedlinens on, and preparing the whole room for the next guests. And in the afternoon there is always a wine tasting as we wrote a blog before. So our sunday is much more stressfull than the sunday of many other people.

---RITA & VIKI

What a heat!

The last few days were hot- nothing else to say! It is 35° here in America and that with a clear sky and nearly no clouds. There are even some days without any breezes and those are the hardest for Austrian Girls who are not used to that. So what do we do to keep cool? There are not many options but we know the best strategies (chilling on icecubes, swimming in the pool,...) but have a look at yourself.

---RITA & VIKI

Weeding over weeding

There was one big thing to do at Jubilee, one big thing which nobody likes but it has to be done- WEEDING. Oh yes, and today wasn't really the coolest so we had over 30°C and we weeded some parts of the huge Jubilee Farm- Garden- what a big challenge. We weeded until noon and went in to have a cool drink and as Maggie saw our red faces and said that we look like we are ready to die we were allowed to stay in the house and do a little bit of cleaning. After cleaning the house we were so happy to be finished and went immediately into the pool and swimming was absolutely the best of the day!

---RITA & VIKI

Bro's day the 2nd

Yesterday we had another day off with David and at first we drove to Ross (Shopping Outlet) and did a little bit of shopping. After that we watched a movie (Bad Mom's, by the way a veeeeeeery nice movie) again. We went to "Olive Gardens" to assuage our hunger and we had nice pasta and lasagna. In the end David took us to Leonardtown where a very nice place next to the water is. That was a very funny and awesome day again because he is such a weirdo like us, thank you for that David!

---RITA & VIKI

Days Off....

Today is a day off.  Viki and Rita were swimming this morning and we're waiting for their chariot (car) to go to a meal and maybe another movie .... and maybe the Calvert Marine Museum where they can observe otters and sift through sand to find sharks teeth.

But I have to tell you that last Friday they went to the Annapolis Mall.  When I picked them up, Rita said "Can we please go back to Marshalls, as my friend in CA said it's a place with great prices."   

So I spent money, too.  Yikes, shopping is dangerous!

Here is a photo shoot upon our return.  They hit Forever 21, which you can apparently find in Austria, but not so Victoria's Secret.  Notice the pink and black bags....

 

-Maggie

PS Tuck thinks their wine bottle skills are spot on!  They got his gold seal of approval.

Sunday at Woodlawn

Every sunday there is a big wine tasting and music event at Woodlawn Farm. Families and couples come to taste the wine or just chill and listen to the beautiful music. You can also grab some vegetables and melons there. Every sunday afternoon it is a enjoyable atmosphere because of the music, the wine and the water immediately next to you- what else?

---RITA & VIKI

Wine, wine, wine...

Today we filled the wine in bottles with Tucker. There were different things to do like fill in the wine, close the bottles with a cork, which was Tucker's work and to label the bottles. It was a very nice work which made much fun. Now we know what the last step is in the wine production. Tucker gave us a wine called "BLACK DRUM RED" as a little present and it was quite tasty!

---RITA & VIKI

 

 

Today the Job was Finished

Vigoe and Bonzai finished out the job today with a wallpapering skill that astounded us.  They've never done it before but managed to make a beautiful statement in the Woodlawn office room.  The room has been sitting for 2 years without the walls done but in 2.5 days with their persistence and determination it was transformed. See for yourself! --- Maggie

Two tired Woodlawn Farm interns. Here they are in full motion:

Two tired Woodlawn Farm interns. Here they are in full motion:

Pictures go up and a beautiful room it is!

Pictures go up and a beautiful room it is!

Wallpaper Extravaganza

Vigoe and Bonzai are really incredible at any task.  Today we decided to finish the wallpapering we started last Thursday.  You'd think they were shy about taking over, but not so.  They have talents and they use them.

So after listening to the speech given by Mr. Khan at the DNC, and a parallel clip of Mr. Welch at the McCarthy hearings in the 1950's, and listening to the ABC Stephanopolous-Trump interview, we decided to start cutting, pasting and papering. Very important to get a dose of American politics once a day.  I'm making sure they get the best of the day and an historical parallel.

Here are a few shots from the afternoon:

Viki is the first person I've ever known who can paper a wall so deftly.

Viki is the first person I've ever known who can paper a wall so deftly.

And here is Rita, the Bonzai assistant:

Very strong, very clever, very quick.

Very strong, very clever, very quick.

Woodlawn Inn has a beautiful new office now.  It's quite lovely with the new wallpaper. We'll post a final picture when done, but this is the first wall!   Yahoo!!

Woodlawn Inn has a beautiful new office now.  It's quite lovely with the new wallpaper. We'll post a final picture when done, but this is the first wall!   Yahoo!!

So that's it for an incredible team, after they already worked all morning on the linens for weddings. Amazing these guys!   --- Maggie O'Brien

Day off with David

Today was a day off for us. We started with kayaking in the morning and swimming in the pool. At lunchtime David came and picked us up at Jubilee Farm. We drove to Solomons Island where we walked beside the water and ate very delicous ice cream. After that he drove us to a little beach which was very beautiful. And after that awesome afternoon we watched "lights out" which is a scary movie at the cinema. Thank you David for listening to the crazy Austrian music and that awesome, beautiful, delicous and scary afternoon!

---RITA & VIKI

Wedding!

Today we saw a wedding at Woodlawn for the first time. We drove after weeding in the Land Rover [oooh yes, we were allowed to drive a Land Rover, isn't that completely awesome?] from Jubilee Farm to Woodlawn Farm. David and Brandon needed help with setting up the chairs and cleaning the red steps and after the beautiful ceremony we had to carry the chairs into the barn. Now we know what a real American wedding ceremony is like and we both think that it's a little bit short compared with Austrian weddings. But in spite of that we like it very much and it was quite interesting and exciting for us.

---RITA & VIKI

Our first kayaking

Brandon taught us kayaking today and it was the first time for us to do that sport. On our trip to the little beach we saw many, many jellyfish and from that time on we knew that it was quite difficult to swim in the sea without pain. After some time we arrived at a little sandy beach. The whole beach seemed very undiscoverd like nobody else knew about it. All in all it was very beautiful and kayaking is very fun and we are sure that we will do it as often as we can.

---RITA & VIKI