Friday, August 30, 2013

Red, Yellow, Green

We've been eating lots of red and yellow meals lately. Wanna see?

Delicata squash soup and tomatoes on garlic bread with NY wine.

Two pots of tomato sauce for canning. Bill was pretty insistent that the yellow pot stay purely yellow. There were two separate spoons for stirring, and the immersion blender had to go into the yellow sauce first, lest some red bits contaminate it.

Not being eaten are these yellow pickling cucumbers. Bill has trepidation about them, and I rightfully know that all cucumbers are vile. So, I've been picking them and they sit on our counter...destined to become chicken food.

Finally, here's what the goats and sheep have been eating. That "grass is greener" thing is apparently not to be taken lightly, as I noticed when we moved some fences around this weekend. The old paddock where the ruminants had been confined is on the left. There is a clear line where the fence was with the "other side" of the fence on the right. Makes you think that maybe we've been using that saying incorrectly for all these years.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A belated garden update...

Here is how our garden looked about a month ago. My recent life has been totally devoted to canning tomatoes, though we did enjoy some delicata squash soup last night.

(clockwise from top left) Chocolate cherry, Martino's Roma, Wapsipinicon Peach, Opalka and Sungella tomatoes. All heirlooms. 

All these peppers have been eaten by a capsaicin -loving bunny. 

Reid's (Reed's?) yellow dent corn for feeding the birds over the winter and for making masa flour to keep us in corn tortillas for every meal of every day. YUM!

We've never made tortillas from freshly ground corn, only from the store-bought flour. I understand we are in for a treat.

Squashes - butternut and delicata. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pink Shawl

I have a big blog post planned for you with all sorts of garden photos...but our internet is being slower than usual and uploading each photo takes about 5 minutes. We hope to resolve the issue early next week. In the meantime, here is a shawl I recently finished.

It is the Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston in Tosh Merino Light, which is a single ply. The shawl is knit in the traditional Shetland construction, which means I knit the big garter triangle from the bottom up and then picked up stitches along the edges to make the decorative border.

And, just so you don't think I'm turning into some sort of Fancy Lady because now I have a pink shawl...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


They're cute! They're cuddly! They make you forgive me for being so negligent at blogging!

A chicken being raised by a turkey:

Clara. Seriously, this must be the most adorable lamb ever born.

Kaylee and her ears. What is she looking at??

Do you see the white speck at the top of the photo? That's Bill at the back of the field and the goats certainly can see him.

They love him because he spoils them. Kaylee especially loves him. She isn't really sure about me, but whenever Bill is in visual or auditory range, she cries for him. And he always goes to scratch her ears and give her some fresh mulberry branches. Totally spoiled.

Let's pretend I'm going to start blogging regularly on Fridays. I think can handle that?