Indoor happenings this week:

8 yr old studying Saints & Hero stories, also starting french lessons this week.

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Brought out the easter box & some favourite books:

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Potatoes sprouting in the pantry:

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A’s knitted chick & my knitted nest:

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Enjoying this book:

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Clearing some forest at our new place, cutting trees, burning brush, letting the sun shine in.  

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The piles of burning branches and the hungry bellies always ends up with roasting sausage,  these are the sausage days.

 

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I enjoy this small town, chickens just wander into the yard from across the street…

 

 

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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.

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I finished this book last night…

 

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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).

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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!

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Here is my cute baby, shooting me when I take his photo. The 3rd baby, little stinker.Image

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.

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scoured & soaked fibres lined up & ready

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The first dip…

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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.

 

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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.