Sunday, July 5, 2015

27/52 Happy Fourth of July Weekend!





World's tiniest float made by Miss Oona







 Oona and Elsa: having a blast with their grandparents at the annual Fourth of July Parade and Picnic on the park.

Happy Fourth of July weekend! I hope it's a sunny one for you too!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

In the Garden: Swings and Things


 We finally got a day of sunshine on our off days, and my wonderful, amazing husband started building. He built this awesome rustic swing set for the girls which will grow grape fines and maybe something else if I can think just what. He also built these pumpkin "tents"... I have no idea what to call them. I will add more branches and twine to help them climb. We always get the powdery mildew and hopefully this will help.




 I've started sneaking in some Fall crops in the in between rows of carrots, spinach, parsnips, and lettuce.


Sometimes Jake serenades me in the evenings when I work on the garden. I know, I am lucky indeed.


I've started drying mint and herbs. 
 


 And more garlic scape pesto has been made and frozen.



 Our first plum on our young plum tree looks so perfect and adorable. I just hope Elsa or the bugs don't destroy it before it ripens.

Thimble berries, red currants, raspberries and a small amount of cherries are also growing.




While Jake was building, he also cleared away some weeds and made some cozy spots under our apple trees for the kids to play. I day dream about sitting under there one day and reading. We have already had an ice cream and blueberry muffin picnic under there with friends. Shade is an amazing thing when your short on it.


 My little garden fairy has been helping the wild  roses to open and the snap peas to grow.



My other garden fairy has been helping to make me pay attention a little better. I hope she never finds out about the flying trapeze.




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A New Dolly


Our desktop computer is dying, yesterday our phone lines were out because our line had gotten too frayed, and I'm just hoping that's the end of broken things for a while (knock on wood!). It feels good when I get a chance to make something... and not have to worry about fixing. I'm so glad we have Jake's laptop to fall back on until we can get another desktop. This dolly is literally getting made in minutes here and minutes there. I definitely feel that inner scream bubbling up lately, but crafting is definitely my exhale. Now this little dolly just needs some clothing and perhaps a name.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams

26/52 New Swing Set




"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"


 
Oona and Elsa: thoroughly enjoying the new rustic swing set Daddy built... the plastic swings were a gift from a friend, and the logs were a gift from the Earth! I thought a swing set would be a good distraction while I gardened,  but I didn't count on that persistent  question, "Mama, can you push me?"

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

These Summer Days

 These summer days...
- are full to the brim with ice cream and sunlight (homemade passion fruit ice cream with nectarines... yum!)
- smell of peonies and roses and fresh mint
- have lots of hours spent in the dirt (some in the garden and some in the puddles)
- make for long play dates with good friends playing on swings and jumping through the sprinklers
- leave you in awe of all that nature has created
- are perfect for trail walks and swims with the family at Blueberry Lake


- are full of building and creating and more ideas than a life time can accomplish
- make your crochet hooks find light and cooling yarns like hemp and cotton
 - are perfect for stories about girls visiting the moon


- are perfect for watching the moon as the sun fades away


-leave you ready for bed as soon as your head hits the pillow and eager to get up again when the sun shines through the window


Happy Summer!

Also joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Sunday, June 21, 2015

25/52 June Balloons







Oona and Elsa: dancing off the blues of going to a balloon festival and never seeing a balloon take flight because of the wind... ok, neither of them was phased at all. They just played and had fun. It was Mama who was boo-hooing all the way home. 

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

In the Garden: Midsummer


Happy Midsummer Night's Eve! I do believe I hear the fairy bands tuning up their instruments outside right now. If not, the lightening bugs are sure celebrating something. In honor of the day, I harvested most of our scapes and made some delicious garlic scape pesto for dinner.  I modified the recipe by increasing the basil amount to about a cup and adding flax seeds instead of almonds (just because that's what I had on hand!). There's still plenty more scapes in the fridge, and I want to try this kale-scape recipe next.



I picked up a dining bug cover to use on our tiny bit of strawberries. It seems to be working okay so far. I am still being cautious and picking when they just turn red so that the slugs and bugs don't feast first. I love strawberries, but I don't think growing them is my thing.

calendula
I am already beginning to dry herbs and whatnot and trying to do meal planning around our garden gifts. This coming week it's time to start adding cilantro to some of our dinner plans. 



I'm also making sure to take advantage of all the wild flowers on our morning walks. There's a steep hill by the river covered in daisies. It makes me so joyful whenever we go by, and usually I have to take a few back with me. These wild flowers were for a special purpose... midsummer flower wreaths.



 The peonies are flooding our senses everyday with their beauty and aroma. I think there's a mason jar with one in every room of the house.


I made a little birch bark teepee woven together with yarn for the fairies to sit by the garden. Oona is very fond of it and wanted to keep it indoors with her toys... 




For our flower wreaths, I made crochet loop bands that we could all wear for our midsummer bonfire.


And just in case you're skeptical of the garlic scape pesto, here's a picture. It is indeed yummy.


 It's nice to have evenings like this to sit back and enjoy the all the labors of the gardening season. I sat on a picnic blanket and wove flowers into crochet bands while the girls collected more.


Oona volunteered to get mint for Daddies wreath.




Music was played, fairy wedding arenas were set up, and the teepee was adorned with flowers and artwork.



There's a little fairy drawing over the doorway.


Sacrifices of mint were thrown on the fire and a drawing was made of a garden for the fairies.


Oona left it for the fairies on our stone bench. She explained to me that the fairies will turn the picture into a real garden when they see it. Sounds good to me.


 I hope all this fairy magic blesses our garden and our home. Enjoying the changing of the seasons and I hope you look to see what wonders are blossoming all around you.


Here's my previous garden posts from this year: