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27 February 2017

2017


































After a couple months away from the blog, I'm going to try and post more regularly again.  

Life is so busy, even during the slowest months here on the farm.

We've enjoyed time in the wintry weather we've had, briefly enjoyed the natural ice rink in our field, worked on crafts of all kinds, spend hours cooking each week (I've finally figured out a sourdough rhythm that's working), try to keep up with schooling, celebrated two birthdays (F turned 4! and K turned 13!!), and tapped out and boiled three times now.  F and I visited a dear friend in Connecticut, and I took all of the kids to meet up with some of my family just this past week.  

We are hoping the warm days we've had this week will now hold off until spring so we can make some more syrup.   We aren't ready for spring yet!



16 December 2016
















It seems like December is passing by so quickly.  
We started this month with a family hike to a spot I hadn't hiked since college.  I was the only one who felt like hiking to the top, and I'm so glad I did (though I was racing the sun, but I made it back down before it was fully dark). 

The kitchen has been busy with baking Christmas cookies (and decorating them by lamplight), making our favorite family fudge recipe, ricotta making, the Taproot Magazine rainbow hummus recipe for the potluck following our children's sunday school program (and so much more)... 

And December has been full of gift making.  I have finished projects for both of my nieces (a mermouse to go with Phoebe's Birthday, and a Maggie Rabbit), a Henry's Hat to go with that book for my nephew, cloth napkins for my sister, earrings for a friend, a cowl for another friend, with a little testing of my new loom in between all of those projects.  

We have a small tree this year, that we chose from a local tree farm.  My favorite part of having a tree is seeing the collection of ornaments for each of my kids.  My mother-in-law makes one for each of them every year, and I make an ornament with their photo on it every year.  These years, just like this month, are passing by so quickly...I wish I could slow time. 



01 December 2016

November



 












I apologize to any of you who follow our farm account on instagram.  I have barely used my camera the whole month of November, so most of these photos were taken with my ipod and many, if not all of them, were shared on instagram already.

The month of November was so full... so full that I didn't think of grabbing my camera.  I can hardly keep up with the daily tasks of cooking and laundry, it seems, so I didn't think of posting on the blog.

The frosty days of early November (seen on the lovely autumn blueberry leaves) brought the kids and me inside most of the time.  It felt like a big deal to go out and dig the last row of carrots.  It's so funny how without realizing it, we go from such full days outside to full days inside that even harvesting seems out of routine when just a month earlier we had farmers' markets.

Being inside more means I am crafting a lot!  I finished F's Tiny Tea Leaves sweater and made myself, not one, but two Fen dresses!  I am so happy with how they turned out.  I had picked up some beautiful fabric and the pattern on my birthday weekend away in Portland, Maine.

Adam finished splitting the slab wood for sugaring seasoning, just in time for snow.

I helped a dear friend for a day cutting balsam for wreaths.  We only got through 8 of her 50 balsam bunches--wreath-making is no joke!

The kids got one good sledding afternoon in before the weather warmed again.

We spent Thanksgiving day with Adam's family (and got to snuggle up our baby niece the whole time).  And came back to the largest market I do with crafts--two full days of selling hand-made goods with several of my closest friends.  It was a great market this year!

In any of the spare moments I have, I'm trying to work on the gifts I plan to make for family and friends.  Looks like it will be a very full December, too.


02 November 2016

Potato Harvest






After such a dry summer and potato beetles by the hundreds, our harvest was nothing like previous years.  But it will be more than enough for us for winter, and hopefully enough for spring planting (and we sold many pounds of new potatoes through the summer, too).  We only grow three varieties: All Blues, Mountain Rose and Nicolas...and my favorite, the All Blue, did the poorest.  But we are thankful for harvest we've stored away in the cellar.