Saturday, October 9, 2010

I Am Blessed


Last week was the fall Remnants of the Past antique
show and all I can say is
 "Wow!" and "Thank You!". We had a booth
where we sold our engraved pumpkins and
 we are overwhelmed by the number of
 people who fell in love with our pumpkins
and took one or two home. We are grateful
for every one of you!


I am so grateful for my husband Craig who spent two
weeks schlepping pumpkins from the field to the house
and then from the house to the barn. 

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Thanks also to the sales team of Charlotte, Gray,
Emily and Craig who didn't turn and run
 when they were flooded with customers
 at 9 a.m.  And to all the friends who
helped along the way: Jerry, Betsy and
 Chris, Laurie, Judith Claire and Judy W.-
Thank You, Thank YOU , THANK YOU!
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Friday, September 17, 2010

First Day of Harvest


Yesterday I was out in the pumpkin patch and noticed
some of the pumpkins were actually ready to harvest.
This is the fun part-seeing what happened after my
job is finished!


If you are not into chickens you will probably think this
odd ( if you are you'll totally get it), but I
think it is so cool that some of the green pumpkins
match the color of the eggs from my Americauna chickens.


Lovely in their greeniness!
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Monday, September 13, 2010

It's Almost Pumpkin Season!


I have been spending a lot of time down on my knees in

the pumpkin patch. It is probably not a coincidence that

it is the same position as praying.


It has been a very strange growing season this
summer. All the crops have been later than usual and
the pumpkins are later as well. We are hoping they will
be ready by the beginning of October.


I have been known to try etching anything growing at
the farm, and this year is no exception. I think the
experiment on this tear-drop shaped squash
is going to be a grand success.
It is scarring beautifully!
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Almost Missing Spring's Beauty

 

All the rainy weather combined with getting ready
for the Remnants of the Past Show put me into a
place where I almost missed the beauty of Spring
all around me. This week I have slowed down and
taken trips up the hill to check on the bluebird
box and down to the orchard to see what's
blooming. In my fuzzy blue robe of course.
The lupine that seeded itself by a scrawny
oak tree is so purpley pretty.
 

My snowball bush is finally starting to get
some size to it- love those bright green globes!
 
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the ever-dependable climbing Iceberg

I think the author L.M. Montgomery (of Anne of
Green Gables fame) would call this cherry tree
"The Snow Queen"

The sprawling olallieberries already have green
fruit- maybe pies for Memorial Day?

The Golden Delicious apple is blooming down in
the orchard, lots of happy bees!

And in the corner, near the climbing Eden
rose, a wonderful surprise!

A nest full of sleepyheads...Shhh
i leave you with words of wisdom from
today's entry in 'Our Daily Bread'
"The many tasks we face each day
can burden and oppress,
But spending time with God each day
can bring relief from stress."
Sper

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Eggheads

 

I recently made these eggheads for a spring craft demo
and I thought I would share them here as well. They
are super easy to make. All you need to make them
are empty eggshells, a little potting soil, some
spring wheat seeds (health food stores have these),
and a sunny window sill. Rinse eggshells well in
warm, soapy water, let dry. Decorate as desired.
I used a fine point Sharpie marker. Then fill
eggshells almost to the top with potting soil.
Sprinkle generously with the wheat seed . Gently
water until moist. Put in sunny spot and keep moist.
Your eggs will have a head of hair in about
10-14 days.

 

If you wish you can make little egg carton stands
and use these as placecards for Easter brunch or???
This egghead has a ponytail but you can "style" it
however you wish, mohawk, buzz, etc..
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Borrowed" Wisteria

 


How appropriate that the wisteria was in full bloom on
the first day of spring. Alas, I have no wisteria in my
own yard, so I have to drive around town and enjoy it's
blooms from afar. I have always been curious as to
to whether wisteria could be cut and used in
a floral arrangement. My gas station has a
beautiful ginormous wisteria growing up a tower
in the front of the station, but yesterday I spied
wisteria creeping along the ground by the back
entrance.Time to satisfy my curiosity! Clippers in
hand, I "borrowed" a few sprigs and put them in a
watering can to start my experiment. So far I have
noticed that they are very fragile, but seem to be
holding up well. They would be really sweet used for a
spring tea party, but right now they will be a little
spring by my front door.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Willow Sweet Pea Support

 

You know those rustic woven willow obelisks that look
so cute with vines growing all over them? They look
pretty simple to make, right?
Yeah, that is what I thought too...
 

I have some little sweet peas that are going to need
something to climb on and since I am surrounded by
willow trees I felt it would be the perfect
solution to quickly throw together some willow
obelisks. Never mind the internet instructions
from BBC gardening that said to allow 2 hours per
obelisk; it couldn't take that long!
 

I cut a bunch of small supple willow branches down
by the creek and set up shop in my driveway. I
pushed the seven sturdiest into the soil around
the edge of a pot, gathered the tops together
and wrapped them with thin wire. Then,starting at
the very bottom, I started weaving the branches: over,
under,over, under...As it started getting a little
weird shaped, I realized.. this is not going to be
as easy as I thought....

 

Two hours later, I'm still not done but I am
getting there. Just a few more branches to
weave in. It may not be the poster child
for "pretty" but this baby has got 'rustic'
written all over it.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Golden Opportunity

 

I am so excited to share about my latest adventure:
hunting for wild mushrooms, specifically the golden
chanterelle. I have been wanting to go "shrooming"
with somebody for years and today I got to go!
Wild mushroom hunters are a little reluctant to
share their secret spots and I don't blame them.
Enter my friend Whitney who generously offered
to take me with her and show me the ropes.
 

The chanterelles don't exactly stand up and shout
"Hey YOU, over here!" So you have to look for them
in situations they like, under oak trees with a
thick carpet of dead leaves.
 

Then you train your eye to look for that golden color.
Usually it is just dead leaves, but sometimes it is
a chanterelle mushroom barely peeking through.
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Working carefully, if you brush away the leaves
and dirt, you expose the whole cap of the
chanterelle and you can see how big your
find is.


We didn't use knives. Just carefully reached
under and detached the shroom. Here Whitney
is holding a freshly harvested chanterelle.


After several hours of hiking and hunting we
returned with our "pot of gold" , a few
pounds of the golden chanterelles, enough to
share with a few good friends.




















A big 'THANK YOU!' to my M.M.(Mushroom Mentor) Whitney!

+++++BLATANT DISCLAIMER*****
There was no 'poaching' involved in the
harvesting of these shrooms. It was all
done on public access land (my lips are
sealed as to the locations). Also no
animals were harmed in this production
with the exception of myself ( I had to
take two Advil and a hot bath afterwards!!)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bareroots Wait For Noone

 

It's now or never (or next year)! That short window of
time for pruning all the roses and fruit trees and
hedges and for planting things that are only
available bareroot. So- that is where you will
find me ( in between the rain and hail storms)
I am currently digging three mud holes for
my precious espaliered apple trees......more later
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