First, go somewhere pretty (with water):
Then set up your sluice - that's a metal thingy with ridges and a screen and a carpet in it. It apparently catches your gold but lets most of the other crap run through, cause gold is heavy and sinks, but sand and little pebbles are lighter and don't... right?
Then send some manly men to dig up the river dirt, which is completely filled with gold nuggets:
Run a few buckets full of river dirt through the sluice, then roll up the gold-filled carpet and rinse all the gold out into your trusty bucket:
Next, take your bucket full of gold (whose name is Ace) and run it all through your gold pan. Just swirl it all around, and the gold magically appears, through magic. And fairies help too I think:
Don't forget to pay homage to your walking stick, George, who saved your life by keeping you from slipping on the ice, falling into the frozen brook, and being eaten by ice sharks:
After all your hard work:
At the end of the day, you collect your reward:
That nugget has got to be worth PENNIES!
Last year I learned that grapes grow at Dave's family's camp, so we picked them and turned them into jelly... mmm! We decided to do it again this year, but I haven't had time to devote an entire day to jelly-making. So instead we spent part of the day on Saturday with Dave's parents, picking the grapes, and turning them into juice that we've now frozen - when I have some more time, I'll take it out and make the jelly... and maybe wine...
Dave helped pick them - you can't see him though, cause he's wearing camo ;-)
Dave's mom helped too!
Dave's dad manned the juicer, turning the grapes into delicious, rich juice, and then we squeezed the pulp through cheesecloth to get the last bit of liquid out. We ended up with 3 gallons of juice! That'll be a lot of jelly... or wine...
Jen & Dave Paul, owners & operators of Old Post Farm