Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
My busy little boy pulled down some of his books this morning and did some light reading. He would finally get the pages open and then he would be so excited that he did that, he would shake his arms up and down and the book would close again.
We have basil, cilantro, onion, pansies, marigolds, calendula, and brown-eyed susans growing here.
And now I hear my little guy waking up from his ridiculously short nap. What happened to the days of 2 hour long naps? Now we are lucky if they last half an hour!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
After a Summer with no canning, my Winter stores have been pretty pathetic. But they are starting to look fuller again. I now have 12 bottles of dandelion wine, 7 jars of rosehip jelly, and 6 jars of mango chutney.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Guess who's desperate for Spring? Couldn't be me.... I marked the 100 square foot patch of land where I will be growing my wheat this Summer and then I shovelled the snow off of it. I know, know. But it felt so good to be puttering about. And then I started to dig the turf off of it. I've only got about 20 square feet done, but that is a pretty good start, considering it is still February. Since then it has snowed a bit, but everyday it gets above zero and then freezes at night.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
It's that time of year again for the Caledonia Classic Dog Sled Races.
this dog from last year? The cute cross-eyed, cross-eared pup named Glee? She wasn't there this time, but I spoke to her owners and they told me she is doing really well and is a great lead dog. Way to go Glee, you cutie pie!
And I made this little video with shots from yesterday and today. Enjoy!
Friday, February 22, 2013
I made a couple of wine labels to go on my bottles last night.
Dog sled races start today! Yippee!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Well, we finally got around to bottling our wine! 8 months later! Here we are, about to taste it for the first time since we set it to ferment. (Here is part 1, part 2, and part 3)
"I taste a hint of meadow with citrus undertones. Hem hem."
re the same little gaffers that we saw last Spring.
And now we get to sit back and feel accomplished that we made wine from dandelions.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Kesten and I went for a quick ski today at the Historic Site to take a few pictures.
Hot and sunny! What a February this has been!
A dug-out canoe, the flagpole and our lake.
Here are the parents of the eggs in our incubator. They look pretty ugly right now as they are moulting, but they are beautiful birds normally.
Snow was melting off the roof of the Officer's Dwelling House.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Today we had a facilitator come up to the Fort to teach us a 6 hour course on how to make felt. We made felt boots/slippers as our project. It was so much fun and I learned lots!
We had beautiful colours to choose from to embellish our boots.
My boots are all ready to start the felting process. Most of the time is spent arranging the wool on the boot pattern. Once that part is over, the felting goes fairly quickly.
Kesten came with me to the workshop. I was a little nervous about how it would go, but he was awesome and was so interested in watching everything. He spent the time between the backpack, the playpen, and my arms, babbling and playing and he even squeezed in a couple of naps. What a guy!
Kesten visiting with our wonderful facilitator.
Our group and our finished projects.
Ta da! They are still drying.
It's hard to see the colours in this light, but I love them.