Indoor happenings this week:
8 yr old studying Saints & Hero stories, also starting french lessons this week.
Brought out the easter box & some favourite books:
Potatoes sprouting in the pantry:
A’s knitted chick & my knitted nest:
Enjoying this book:
Clearing some forest at our new place, cutting trees, burning brush, letting the sun shine in.
The piles of burning branches and the hungry bellies always ends up with roasting sausage, these are the sausage days.
I enjoy this small town, chickens just wander into the yard from across the street…
I’ve spun & plyed all of the roving from the last indigo dye bath, so I need to do another asap! I have knit up a little fisherman’s pullover for the 3 yr old, but will likely run out of yarn before the sleeves are done.
I finished this book last night…
I decided to take note of some favourite meals, healthy but the boys liked in other words. This began as a stringy, home grown, slow cookered chicken, put the bones back in the cooker with water, cooked overnight, picked out more meat & strained off an incredibly rich stock, cooked all day on the woodstove with split peas & tonnes of veg & herbs, added a can of coconut milk, served over rice (with hot sauce for some).
Planted some parsnips this weekend. Peas are in too, the greenhouse is sprouting full of greens & planted radishes. I worked a full day in the yard, pulling couch grass, prepping a few beds, adding compost & mulching berry bushes & fruit trees.
The next day we got shocking news! We received notice to move out of here by mid May!
So NOT gearing up for a great gardening year.
AND we need a plan, quick!
Here is my cute baby, shooting me when I take his photo. The 3rd baby, little stinker.
This weekend I dyed wool with an indigo bath, something I hadn’t done in about 5 years. I used to dye hemp & cottons back then, so this was a first with the wool, which I prefer.
scoured & soaked fibres lined up & ready
The first dip…
then they dry & air out for 2 days before rinsing.
I didn’t get good photos of the process but it was fairly thrilling for me & the colours are incredible. I’ve started to spin some up, super fine to learn some yarn plying.
Ready for a change from the old blog & now trying to figure out wordpress without spending much time doing that! Well, it will unfold as it does.
Just a few photos from the family’s week… Joel & I have been talking a lot of house design, we know what we want but we are open to new ideas too & decided to hire a local architect to consult with and make our ideas really happen. Meet with him in a few days at the land, fingers crossed we jive.
I was spinning some of the raw flax my boy processed last summer. I am knitting a bird’s nest for spring.
Saving avocado skins & pits for a dye bath. Organic avocadoes 80 cents in Slocan! Yes! Not like Mexico but better than most places around here.
All my boys have gone nuts for sk8boarding. It is a quick walk to the sk8 park from our new property. Whenever we go there the big boys take off & are gone skating til we leave. Papa usually ends up there too & he is super stiff as those old muscles wake up.
Today we noticed the swallows are back. The snow is almost gone. Gearing up for a great gardening year.