Wednesday, July 31, 2013
As an adult, I still enjoy the world of novels, but I love even more to check out books on living sustainably, farming, and obscure crafts. There is a whole world of knowledge to discover at the library.
We stopped in at our library today. I browsed through the non-fiction, placed a hold on a new book, and read stories to my son in the children's section. We chatted with the librarians and Kesten dragged one of them around the library, showing off his new walking skills and crawling under shelves. Children were gathered upstairs, talking about the books they read this week for Summer Reading Club, and people from town were using the internet downstairs. Someone was in the corner reading a paper. What a great place. There is community in the library. Have you stopped by your local library yet this Summer?
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
These days have been all about harvesting and preserving food that I have in excess. Herbs always seem to be abounding in the garden and I wanted to try a few methods of preserving this year, other than drying. I'm sure many of you have seen this method of freezing herbs in olive oil before, but I thought I would give it a go this year. I found nice clear instructions here.
First off, I picked some fresh oregano from my garden and chopped it up.
Monday, July 29, 2013
On Saturday the plan was to go picking around 10am. I've been looking forward to picking huckleberries since I moved here almost 3 years ago and hadn't been once. So imagine my disappointment when we woke to pouring rain. I got the phone call that our plans were cancelled and we would reschedule for the next day. I was bummed, but decided to make the most of it by reading in the bathtub ("The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton. I finished it. Yay!) But soon got another call saying the plans were back on, the rain had stopped. So in a rush, I threw together my supplies, hopped in the car and drove out to meet my friends. We loaded into a truck and went down a logging road until we spied a new road in a clearcut and decided to try our luck down there. We pulled over and got suited up. I put on my rain pants (the bushes are still really wet) and a mesh bug shirt that covers my head as well. I know I looked so cool. My sister, who raves about the fashion sin of Gortex, would have disowned me if she had seen me. But there is no one but bears and hawks out in the bush to see you and function comes before fashion in my mind. With pails in hand, we fanned out from the truck and picked our way through the fallen logs and underbrush of the clearcut until we reached the tree line. That's where the huckleberries start to grow.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Sine I last wrote:
* I cut off 17 inches of my hair (and donated it)
(I like it so much better right now)
*I've gone for some bike rides
*I've jumped in the lake nearly every day
*My wheat is starting to turn golden
*My peas are producing like wild and I've had to freeze three bags so far
*Kesten and I went berry picking yesterday and I almost have enough wild raspberries to make jam
*We're still getting over our colds
*I've started a new book "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton
*I might have heard an attempted crow coming from the chicken coop...
*I had my birthday! Last year in my twenties...
*I've been bitten by so many blackflies that I feel I need a blood transfusion
*I've been wishing I had more time to be crafty, but that will come with Winter (I hope)
What has your Summer been like so far? Are you making the most of it?
Monday, July 15, 2013
We were gone this past week to the prairies. My husband went to a workshop in Edmonton and we accompanied him. It was a nice little trip, but we were glad to get back home, especially because we seem to have caught a cold while we were away.
On our way out, we stopped for a picture in the canola fields. We are still in BC in this picture, just an unusually flat part of BC. (Don't worry, I didn't trample any canola for this picture. I only walked where there was a path.)
And that is what we have been up to lately. Sorry for the neglect. Summer always seems to take priority...
Friday, July 5, 2013
I know, I know, another garden post! I'm sorry, but it does take up most of my spare time these days. Last night I harvested some greens (and purples and reds) for a delicious salad.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Happy belated long weekend to my fellow Canadians! We celebrated Canada Day on Monday (Dominion Day in Barkerville!) Kesten's Grandparents came up for a visit (bringing a bunch more birthday presents) and then we headed off to Barkerville for a camping trip.
Kesten loved all his new presents. What a spoiled little guy!
Next we headed off to Barkervile. Barkerville is an old ghost town that was home to the big goldrush on Williams Creek in BC. Today, it is opened to tourists, with costumed actors bringing the town to life again. We poked around the old buildings, listened to some very interesting talks, and watched various Dominion Day games and activities. We even walked up to the old courthouse, where "Judge Begbie" (The Hanging Judge) was holding court. We got 'yelled' at for entering late and were forced to do jury duty. Haha, it was pretty funny.
Back at home, we are trying to settle back into the groove of things. Kesten is enjoying being back with all his new toys. He loves to sit and eat at his new table. It is perfectly Kesten-sized.
These peas are so amazing! They are an edible snow pea called Carouby de Mausanne Snow Pea, but they have all the beauty of a sweet pea. I haven't tried the actually peas yet, but I'm sold! I'll be growing these again. Edible and decorative, 2 for 1!