Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Yes, I am still here. No, I haven't had the baby yet. Yesterday was my due date, so hopefully not a whole lot longer to go...
Wednesday was Summer Solstice, a glorious day and longest day of the year (which is really long this part of the world). We celebrated by having a solstice potluck at a friend's house along with a bonfire on the beach. It was wonderful!
I took these pictures as we were leaving, around 10:30pm. I love that we can walk back to our car at this time of night and not even need a flashlight!
Friday, my due date, was again hot and beautiful out and I enjoyed the farmer's market and also picking lilacs in the late evening. So many hot days in a row, not at all like last summer! I guess it helps pass the time...Hopefully this baby will make an appearance soon!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
So, after straining the blossoms, adding 20 pounds of sugar, the juice and rind of 20 lemons and 20 oranges, and our stale bread with yeast, our wine has been happily fermenting away for the past 2 and a half weeks. Now it was time to strain it and put it in a carboy.
The wine looks kinda gross here, but it sure smelled good!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
"...Has it ever occurred to you, Diana, that there is something not quite...chaste... in the scent of lilac blossoms? Gilbert laughs at such a notion...he loves them...but to me they always seem to be remembering some secret, too-sweet thing."
~ Anne of Ingleside, by Lucy Maude Montgomery
It may be true, but I agree with Gilbert on this one and just love them. The lilacs are just starting to come out now and I went for a walk today to gather them up for our house. I love the way they smell, even if they fade so quickly. I wish I could find a way to make them last.fancy stamping stuff my mom sells, I think I could have made the banner look even better/more aged.
Oh, and you know what one of my favourite flowers to decorate the house with is? Chive blossoms. They have such a lovely punch of colour and I love the contrast of the purple and the green. Plus, they last forever and I never feel bad about picking them from the garden.
Well, that is all for now, folks. The days are marching closer to my due date and I anxiously await this baby's arrival!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
"...This is just the kind of evening I love to work in the garden. Things are growing tonight. I hope there'll be gardens in heaven, Susan...gardens we can work in, I mean, and help things to grow."
"But not bugs surely," protested Susan.
"No-o-o, I suppose not. But a completed garden wouldn't really be any fun, Susan. You have to work in a garden yourself or you miss its meaning. I want to weed and dig and transplant and change and plan and prune. And I want the flowers I love in heaven...I'd rather my own pansies than the asphodel, Susan."
~ Anne of Ingleside, by Lucy Maude Montgomery
In the Fall, I wasn't sure whether I'd still be able to work in the garden at this late stage in pregnancy, but I can still manage to sit and weed the garden. I am mainly focused on the chicken coop garden this year and my husband is taking over the vegetable garden.
I spent many enjoyable hours weeding my garden this afternoon in the warm sun with my big hat on and my hands in the dirt. I think it will be a fantastic garden this year, full of edibles and decoratives.
The garden includes:
*a border of lettuces and kale
*brown eyed susans
*sugar snap peas
*scarlet runner beans
Soon the garden will be bursting with flowers and food, like last year. I can hardly wait!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Tonight I managed to walk my full-term pregnant body around for a couple of hours to distract myself from the waiting. I took some photos of the beauty we saw tonight.
Don't worry, not the risque kind. I've been collecting some photos of the fox family that lives in town and tonight we finally got pictures and footage of those three cute kits as well. They are growing up so fast! (Click on the pictures to see them in a large slideshow)
Here's mama and papa fox (You can't see the babies playing behind the hill in this picture).
Papa likes to get away a lot of evenings and rest in this yard.
But we startled him this time.
And then mama crossed paths with me last weekend.
We caught papa out resting again tonight.
And the babies decided to come out play on the log pile tonight.
Enjoy the little video! Sorry it is so shaky! When you have to zoom so far, it is really hard to hold the camera steady.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
When we were kids, our grandparents had a cabin at Green Lake and we would go every Summer for a vacation. I have such fond memories of these times. Swimming in the lake, listening to thunderstorms from the covered porch, playing in big refrigerator boxes, making "soups" and sandcastles on the beach, making plaster casts of the deer prints in the sand, sculpting clay we would dig out of the lake, bonfires and burnt popcorn, nature walks, and so so so much more! My husband says that one of my most common sayings is "This reminds me of Green Lake."My little sister in the front, my older sister in the middle, I'm swimming, and our friend is standing in the back.)
(From left to right: Grandy, me, my Mom, my little sister on her lap and my older sister beside her, Uncle Doug, and Aunty Sue, and Gramps)
Well, at Green Lake, my Grandy had a set of coloured aluminum tumblers that were just lovely. I can remember the fun of choosing the colour I wanted and the way an ice cold drink felt in those cups on a warm Summer's day.
Well, I found some coloured aluminum tumblers on the internet awhile ago and knew that I had to have them for my kids. We have no unbreakable cups at all at our house and although it will be awhile until our kid is old enough to use them, I think they will be perfect. Already I have enjoyed an ice cold beverage in them for old times sake. What a nice alternative to plastic!