Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In the Garden

The garden is coming along nicely. I feel like it is going to be successful for the first time since moving up here. We ate kale from our garden with our dinner tonight and the lettuce is ready as well.
Below is my quinoa growing its seed head.
More Quinoa close ups. It almost looks like the seeds are growing in a spiral around the stalk.
I can see the Purple Peacock broccoli starting to form florets.
Wheat is such a beautiful looking plant.
Have you ever eaten squash flowers? I had them fried up in Mexico when I lived down there. It is one of the best meals I have ever eaten.
The tomatoes are coming along nicely with lots of flowers.
Strawberries are ripening...
Pansies are prolific...
...And the chicken coop garden is a jungle!
Jammed full! Kale and lettuce, peas and onions, lavender and oregano, sunflowers, marigold, calendula, and rudbeckia! Things are growing well!
How is your garden growing? Are you experimenting with anything new this year?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy Birthday to a Special One Year Old

Today my little boy turned one. It's hard to believe that a year ago all this was taking place and I had yet to meet my baby.
And what a journey it has been! I love motherhood and I couldn't have asked for a sweeter, happier, more easy going guy. He really is something special, and not a day goes by without my fill of laughs and smiles. Happy Birthday Kesten! I love you more than you could ever know!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Blissful Weekend

Once again, I am convinced that I live in paradise! What a lovely weekend. We had a birthday party for Kesten Saturday evening. It was a lovely potluck with friends and Kesten seemed to enjoy himself. I made him a "dirt" cake in a dump truck.
 He got to open a couple of presents,
 And then smear birthday cake everywhere! Look at that smile of contentment!
 Today the thermometer was over 30c (that's around 90F for any Americans). We made the most of it by taking several trips to the lake at the end of our street and jumping in. I got to take a nice long swim along the shore and another evening dip after Kesten was in bed. Glorious! I really love the water.

And something new that I just noticed yesterday:
 My wheat is growing grain now! This is the Blue Tinge Ethiopian wheat.
 And this is the Chinook wheat! I am so excited that it is working so far!

 And I've got a zucchini well on the way. The chicken coop garden is overflowing with goodness, and the little chicks have been moved outside permanently. Summer seems to be in full swing!
It's 9:15pm and the sun is still up in the sky above Mt. Pope and I can still hear people playing at the beach. Northern Summers are awesome!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy National Aboriginal Day!

Once again, it has been awhile since I have written! Summer keeps me busy with bike rides, swimming, picnics, gardening, visits, and walks.
 My little boy got his haircut yesterday. I think this is his fourth haircut. Or is it his fifth now? I can't even remember! I just know it is harder to get him to hold still! And look at all the toys on the floor! Hurricane Kesten strikes daily and leaves a wide trail of debris!

 Look at him holding the make-up brush. I use it to try to brush the little hairs off of him after a haircut and now he is trying to copy me.
 This morning, the little monkey woke us up at 5am, so I decided to take a long walk with him. On our walk, I took a picture of this stop sign with a wild rose growing through it.
 I guess that is one way to avoid the weed whackers.
 Early morning beach walking.
 The marina was a peaceful place this early in the morning.

 And on our way back I got a lovely shot of our iconic church.
The day really heated up and we enjoyed it with a trip to the Farmer's Market and later to the beach for a swim. Tonight there are fireworks at 11pm. Don't know if I'll make it to that though...it has been a long day!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

June, Unpredictable June

What weather! Rainy, sun, rainy, sun, storm, sun! Although, more rain than sun lately! But we have been making the most of it. We got the back porch all gated in and added boards under the railings as the gaps would have allowed an adult to crawl under them, let alone a baby! Kesten now has free reign of the porch and is really loving it. Soon we'll paint the deck and maybe one day get rid of the weird green carpet...
 
 Last night we used the picnic table for the first time.
 Kesten christened it by smearing yogurt into the table.
 I was very excited to try my new clothesline that the neighbour gave me. Unfortunately I was a little too optimistic and ended up pulling all the clothes back down after half an hour.
 My boy is enjoying the outdoors so much. It is so nice for both of us to have time to play outside each day.
What has been keeping you busy lately?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Busy Weekends!

Whooee! What a busy couple of weekends! Last Friday we had our weekly trip to the Farmer's Market, a Critical Mass Bike Ride through town, and a fun costume beach party where I took my annual May dip in the lake. It was so much fun to hang out on the beach with the bonfire and sauna. On Saturday we went to the Historic Park for the opening and Best Dressed Victorian contest. Kesten and I cleaned up! I won a necklace and giant Toblerone and Kesten won a Slip-N-Slide! Sunday we picked dandelions for our next batch of wine and then I went for a mountain bike ride on the trails for the first time since moving here. It was glorious! I went with a forester and she knows all about the plants here, so we took lots of plant breaks. Right up my alley!

My wheat is growing well! The stuff on the right I planted earlier and it is doing the best.
Our strawberry plants are huge!
The quinoa is doing really well too. Everyday it is looking bigger.
This week we did part 2 of the dandelion wine making, the most labour intensive part. We strained out the blossoms, and added the rind and juice of 20 lemons and 20 oranges, 20 pounds of sugar, and the yeast. Whew!
Yesterday, I took the chicks out for a little field trip while I cleaned out their brooder. The older chicks weren't sure what to make of those little interlopers.
 These little chicks are almost 3 weeks old and at their most awkward stage. So far, I think one of them is a rooster, will see what the final tally will be!
 And look what I made! I am so proud of it! I whipped it up last night from some plans I found online. It took about 3 hours to make. I was so nervous to attempt a woodworking project of this scale alone, but I think it turned out great! I still have to sand it and stain it, but I hope it will be done for Kesten's birthday party in a couple of weeks.

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