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31 October 2011

Larkins Street








We had a week of new babies on the farm. New piglets, new chickens... I have photos to post of our farm babies, but until then-some photos from the weekend.

M and I visited my sister and her husband in Detroit. It's not uncommon to see chickens and goats in the neighborhood, as well as gardens and pantries full of vegetables and fruits. Her friends have a yard full of fruit trees that filled all of their pantries with peach, cherry, grape and plum jams.

22 October 2011

lately



oh, the mess of canning



and the mess of boys entertaining themselves while i'm canning


After two days of canning beets 30 pounds of beets, I managed to store them away without a photo of the finished product!

But they are done and the house was cleaned just in time for my wonderful mother-in-law to visit and celebrate a birthday--complete with a homemade cake, candles, balloons and lunch.



Next up: Apples.

15 October 2011

fall











~it seems that the leaves went from green to their fall rainbow overnight

~i love fall in vermont

~the farm is surrounded by gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows

~the boys and i went for a walk at the hubbardton battlefield

~and attempted photos with a wiggly one year old

~the battlefield is my favorite place this time of year

~i love fall in vermont

14 October 2011

this moment

Joining Soulemama's {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

10 October 2011

ready for winter









I'd love to be joining in with Tonya today, but am behind with photos of my knitting and crafting for our "homemade holiday".

Instead, here are some photos taken before our heavy frost last week. I love watching everything on the farm prepare for winter--

~the raspberries and fall flowers are covered with bees

~everything goes to seed, which we eagerly collect for next year

~our chickens are settling into their winter pastures of cover crops as tall as they are
(which the boys refer as the "hen forest")

~and inside we are still busy canning, freezing and drying...

08 October 2011

barn-raising














today, with the help of many friends (many who traveled hours to be here), we had a "barn"-raising. a lean-to-raising, really.

i'm awed that they built it in a day.

i'm awed by how wonderfully everyone worked together and how joyfully, too.

i'm humbled by how many hands were willing to help, even to feed, us all.

and i'm thrilled with our new space--a place to clean and sort our harvest, a place shelter us from the storms, a place to gather together.