still trying to find my way back to this place
of writing and sharing here
the days seem too busy
or my heart too heavy
i was looking through some old posts and remembered this
morning . noon . night
i can do that.
We made a trip to our favorite beach.
I love the off season out there. It's quiet and we usually have the shoreline all to ourselves. Sometimes I dream of living in a little cottage, walking distance to a rocky beach falling into the sea. Just like Miss Rumphius.
(You know, before you get all serious and consider how expensive waterfront real estate is. Or taxes in coastal New England.)
This fall has had some unusually warm days here and there and the kids took full advantage by playing tag with the waves. Water always recharges my spirit. The man's too. Makes sense since he's a pisces and I'm a capricorn, stubborn goat with a fish tail. hmm.
Enough random babbling though, why don't you join us for our walk………
my study space. often ending the days here with some tea or wine and twinkly lights. (on unit two of the intro course and loving it!)
i have some link love to share with you over this long weekend…..
are you with us on facebook? fun discussing random bits with you there…. recent conversation is good blogs to read, because I finally got a feedly account. come share your favorites…
happy weekending to you… oh yes, and feel free to share some links of what you're loving!
I've been slowly tidying up and putting the garden to bed over the last few weeks. I struggled with whether or not to start a fall bed of greens and decided to let it go. We have a wonderful winter CSA that keeps us eating fresh veggies through the end of December, and I could use the break. Next year I hope to build a few cold frames for early & late season growing….. but this year I am ready to hang up the gardening hat. Like most first years, I learned a lot. This fall will have us moving the raspberries, blackberries, grapes, and apple trees who are too shaded in the first spots I chose for them. Spring sun is tricky and the leaf cover was much bigger than I expected. The squash patch proved to be a long finicky haul for the hose and so it will get moved much closer, to the compost pile where the accidental (or volunteers as my friend calls them) squash from our CSA seeds grew much better with much less tending. About 18 beautiful squash came from that pile…. a good start for our winter pantry. Next year I will plant less lettuce. More beans. More herbs, the Fedco tree catalog arrived and I've got my heart set on several perennial medicinal herbs, elderberry trees, and rhubarb. I'm slowly peeking at library books for my annual fireplace reading session of garden books. So far these have made the list : Backyard Winter Garden, The Resilient Farm & Homestead, Carrots Love Tomatoes, and The Thinking Beekeeper.
I fell in love with those Inca Marigolds you see pictured. Such big lovely happy flowers. I've been feeding them to the chickens, they have medicinal properties and encourage bright orange yolks. I've been sprinkling them in nesting boxes too, hoping to discourage any bugs and keep things smelling nice. I've read that they can be used in teas and salves, so I've been drying a few (along with the Calendula) every few days for winter herb projects. Of course I'll add some to the chicken's feed in the winter too. Or perhaps sprinkle some into a popcorn treat sometime in January when they have about had it with snow and cold. Oh yes, and savings seeds from both….
The last of the cherry tomatoes have been picked and a good lot of them have made it into the dehydrator. Yes, I bought one. I'm so glad I did too. We've dried peaches, apples, pears, herbs, tomatoes, sage bundles, marigold petals. Putting up the harvest just got a whole new category….
I find myself trying to firmly plant my feet into this earth…. here. Sometimes it's hard. This tour is just four years. It may not be long enough to enjoy an apple from the trees we planted or harvest elderberries. But it will be long enough to learn to care for them and perhaps pay it forward to whoever calls this place home next…. and in the meantime I remind myself there is nothing I would rather be doing than tidying up a fall garden. Dreaming of the next just one year at a time. Collecting the last of the tomatoes in the late summer sunshine……
Happy Birthday to our (not-so-little) Miss Sunshine.
A little throwback of her in 2006 just a few months before her fourth birthday. (love that face!)
Twelve trips around the sun today…..
This is the first birthday her gifts do not include a single toy. She asked for bright yellow converse and a jean jacket. And ice cream at the local creamery for dessert. I'm pretty sure we can handle pulling all that off….
We pulled off two birthday parties in the midst of the usual busy-ness this week. The first with around 23 teenagers. The big girl invited all of marching band and nearly all of marching band came. Much pizza and snacks were eaten. Lots of laughing. At one point the entire lot of them were playing and singing in the sunroom, our basket of small percussion instruments divided among them. I imagine the bus rides to and from marching band competitions sound similar. Joe & I really got a kick out watching them all, it was a good time for sure.
The second celebration was just our family. I baked her a pumpkin cake with maple cream cheese frosting from this recipe. Oh my goodness, delicious. Especially for breakfast with a cup of coffee the next day. I decorated it with wildflowers and calendula from our backyard. She loved it.
And now that big girl is 16. It's kind of amazing…….