Thursday, September 18, 2014

changing seasons...











As I sit typing, the honking of Canadian geese flying past can be heard outside the window.  They are a daily sight now as they prepare for their flights south. Though still summer here, the weather has become quite autumn-like and those warm days at the lake are just a pleasant memory.

The garden is winding down--I am picking raspberries, peppers, and a few tomatoes.  This past week I dug the red potatoes, and I still need to harvest the celery and onions.  There are a few pumpkins and many gourds ripening; but no sign of the winter squash I planted. 
I would love to do some sun-dried tomatoes in the dehydrator if time permits--they are the best on homemade pizza!

Yesterday I washed the outside of all our windows {which were looking quite dirty now that the sun is lower in the sky} so the new owners can enjoy the view through sparkling clean glass.

Our closing date is tentatively set for the first week of October, so we're really stepping up the pace on packing!  It's quite chaotic here, but thankfully we have been offered a parsonage to rent while we wait to start building our home in the spring.  

Thank you so much for your encouragement and well-wishes!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Over the weekend...

I did get 5 pints of peaches frozen and baked 'Martha's' peach & blueberry cobbler with vanilla bean, cream biscuits---delicious!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Peach season...

The farm market had a special this week on peaches so I will be freezing lots and baking with some...pie, crisp, cobbler??...one of each maybe.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Morning fog.

It's going to be a beautiful day. My to do list includes cleaning the henhouse, baking some peach custard kuchen, picking raspberries, and always--packing, packing, packing.  Looked at a house yesterday that we're hoping to rent.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunflower season

Enjoying this late summer morning and the sunflower view as I water the chickens.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

the lake










Within 2 weeks time we had about a dozen showings of our house, accepted an offer, and the day after the papers were signed we headed to the lake on a vacation scheduled months before--what perfect timing it turned out to be!

There was a little bit of rain, but otherwise mostly sunny, beautiful days spent walking, biking, reading, and relaxing.  I hated to leave knowing it will be a busy couple months ahead--packing, moving, building, as well as keeping up with the garden and the wonderful blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and zucchini its producing so far.

It's back to the kitchen now to freeze up several quarts of blueberries I picked yesterday and to bake up some blueberry buckle!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July days














July has been a string of warm, sunshiny days broken only occasionally by a passing thunderstorm.  Mornings are my favorite, walking the dog and enjoying our surroundings filled with birdsong, the occasional bullfrog croaking, and the cackle of the hens.  So far, walking the hay meadow, we've come upon a little fawn curled up in the tall grass and a fox near her den, as well as the usual frogs and snakes.  There are markings from skunks, but luckily we don't run into them during the day.  At night, as I head out to close up the hen house, the field and trees are glittering with fireflies. If not for the mosquitoes, I would stand there and watch for a long time.


Over the weekend we worked in the garden, weeding, staking tomatoes, and trellising string beans.  We biked the canal towpath, passing by many families of geese along the way.  I fit in some reading {I've discovered a room at the antique store, filled with wonderful old books} and a little bit of crochet--embellishments for the knitted tea cosy I'm working on.  We celebrated the Fourth with a family picnic and grilled {slightly burned} chicken, potato salad, fresh corn on the cob, cheddar biscuits, deviled eggs, blackberry pie, Lorna Doone spoon pudding, and cookies.   We missed the fireworks, but sat around the campfire instead, eating s'mores.  

Life in July...it's some of the best I think.




Monday, June 30, 2014

June



















The beautiful month of June is ending too soon.  Never has this month smelled so sweet...from the fragrance of the roses and wild honeysuckle to the heady scent of the mock orange and the sweet clover in the hay meadow.

The gardens are doing well with plenty of warm weather, sunshine, and just enough rain.  We are harvesting lots of lettuce, green onions, and radishes for salads.  The green onions were started from a bunch I bought at the grocery store {as mentioned by The Prudent Homemaker} and are doing wonderful.  Again this year, the strawberries are doing poorly, and I've only picked a handful.  I was unable to order more of the mara des bois plants, my absolute favorite, as they were already sold out.

This is my first year growing hard-neck garlic, and I was completely unprepared for the scapes.  I've only just researched them and found out they are best cut early for eating; I thought this recipe sounds good, but am not sure whether my scapes will be tender enough at this point.

When it is tea time or just too hot and muggy, I take a break for a little knitting or the reading of a few pages.  I'm working on a tea cosy from Jane Brocket's book, The Gentle Art of Knitting: 40 Projects Inspired by Everyday Beauty and am reading Forty Acres and No Mule by Janice Holt Giles; both books are good so far, if you're looking for a summer read...

A final note: homespun living is now on Instagram!  Though I don't own a smart phone, my Nexus 7 is working out great for this purpose...I hope you'll stop by and take a peek.

~Deb

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

some knitting

Once the warm weather arrives, my knitting projects become less ambitious ~ a few rows at tea time, a few more as I take a mid-afternoon break, and often a bit more as I relax at the end of the day ~ and, trying some new dish cloth patterns seems perfect for that sort of knitting.
 
My stack has been slowly growing as I have enjoyed some time admiring them before actually putting them to work.  Then it occurred to me, surely they might be a useful gift for daughter in her new apartment...  With a new purpose in mind, my enthusiasm and speed has picked up.
 
Below are some links to each free pattern:
 
 
Modified the three-and-one tweed pattern to dishcloth size, using Knit Pick's CotLin and size 6 needles; didn't add the edging at the end.

 
I used Knit Picks CotLin and size 6 needles; I also use ssk instead of K2tog just because I like the result a little better.
The color block design is how I am using up the smaller bits of yarn.


I'm modifying the basket stitch dishtowel pattern, again using CotLin and size 6 needles.  I did not bother with the pretty edging. 

 
 
Used CotLin and size 6 needles.  Nice for using up small bits as long as you don't mind weaving in all the resulting ends.
 
I'm thinking one for each day of the week so I best get going!

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