Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter Weekend

We headed down to Kelowna for Easter weekend. It is a grueling drive to make with toddlers, but so nice to see family.
 Before we left, there was still quite a bit of snow in the yard.

 The snow eventually gave way to spring, the farther south we drove. Sage brush and desert were a strange sight to see after a white landscape.

 Cousins and Easter egg hunts made for a wild and noisy time. Sleep deprivation and the odd grumpy moment (ahem) did not ruin the fun the of the weekend.
 The high mountain passes still had lots of snow on our way home.
 My plants had grown heaps while I was away and I spent today re-potting everything.
 The backyard is nearly free of snow and the temperature is hitting 16c or higher!
I have a beautiful selection of lichen dyes now. Almost time to start knitting my sweater?
 Letharia vulpina on the left and Umbilicaria on the right.
 The chickens must be enjoying the nice weather, as all four of them are now contributing to their room and board.
 I think I'll go back outside and enjoy these blissful temperatures!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March, In like a Lion

We've had some wild weather lately, including a thunderstorm and a couple of hail showers. The snow is still here, but is slowly melting. And in lieu of actually having my hands in the dirt, I have been browsing garden pictures to find inspiration. I came across some beautiful driftwood and stained glass garden sculptures and wanted to give it a go for my garden. I melted pony beads in the oven and used an old fence post for my sculpture. Not bad.

The kids are getting excited about Easter, so we dyed some eggs the other day and made a beautiful Easter tree.

The tomatoes and onions are growing bigger and look great!
Cedar and I planted some radishes in a pot and put them outside in our greenhouse. They seem to be doing well.
The chickens are getting over their fear of me and are venturing out of the coop for some seed foraging.

And finally, I started dyeing with the Umbilicaria lichen that I have been fermenting for 4 months. The colour is unbelievable!

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