Yup! it's true. We're in for another set of plywood countertops. New and improved with a little tint and varnish. Next year, cast concrete with a possible inset cutting board/block. Then dinner: Shepherd's pie made with local beef (thanks Steve!), root veggies from the cellar, mashed potatoes (thanks Aaron!) and grated cheese. No pics of this one, but it was stellar—especially served pipping hot in an orange Creuset pot given to me by my mother last year. The bubbling golden cheese looked lovely. Tossed salad with chopped herbs and Suzanne's amazing Levan.