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.
02 November 2016
01 November 2016
I am *finally* just rows away from finishing F's Tiny Tea Leaves Sweater. This is mostly because I used my birthday weekend away to get some knitting done...when we weren't walking the streets of Portland, enjoying some delicious food, buying lots of fun fabric, or walking the shores of Saco Bay. It was my first weekend away from all of the kids! A very special way to celebrated my 36th birthday.
20 October 2016
If you follow us on instagram, you know we made a crazy trip to Michigan this fall. Adam hadn't been able to make the trip in almost six years (and hadn't had more than one day off of milking in two years!) But thanks to a friend from church, we were able to make a four day trip for my cousin's wedding. He got to spend time with my grandpa and visit my nana in her Alzheimer care home...and even meet some family he'd never met before.
After our whirlwind trip, my parents came out for just three days to help install a sink we purchased! My dad had built the cabinet for it and we had to tear out a broom closet and the old sink, patch and paint the wall, and (after much hassle with the plumbing) put in the new sink. Without a dishwasher, and with bottling all of the milk jars that we do in a week, this new sink will make it much easier. I'll miss the old enamel farm sink, but we have future plans for its use in another spot.
19 October 2016
I feared that the dry weather we've had all summer would affect the fall colors this year, but they are more vibrant than ever!
I can't help but snap photos wherever I go...
driving around during Z's piano lessons,
a family drive in our town,
a bikeride to town,
a foggy morning on the farm,
our annual Hubbardton Battlefield fall photo of the kids...
And I have more pictures to come! ;)
22 September 2016
Autumn is here, my favorite of seasons.
We have had a full September so far.
It started with our sunday school picnic for church, at a lovely state park in Southern Vermont and today, I snapped this photo of F enjoying a giant cookie at one of our final farmers' markets.
We've been cooking and canning, harvesting and processing, freezing and drying.
We've slowly begun homeschooling, and completely skipped lessons for days while we used my grandpa's tractors to chop the first field corn we've ever grown, and filled our barn full with hay for the winter.
We've celebrated our 13th year of marriage, and enjoyed our annual date night when our dear friend offered to babysit while she visited for several days.
We've harvested "too many pumpkins" and fired up our woodstove on chilly mornings.
We are trying to squeeze in the busyness of summer into the shortening days of fall.
02 September 2016
This mix of pictures pretty much sums up our August. Lots of farm work punctuated with days at the lake with friends, days inside canning and days at farmers' market.
I have worked hard this summer to try and prioritize breaks. Breaks from weeding and harvesting and canning and housework. In the past, I've looked back at our summer months and realized I had not taken the kids swimming or on a hike or to visit friends nearly as much as I had hoped to. So, this summer I made a point to do that. I'm behind in canning and my herb garden is overgrown, but August was full and fun.
a day at our friends' airstream "cottage" on lake st catherine
one of the many cantaloupes we snuck from our farmstand
spicy dill pickles
an afternoon with our college friends (and their kids) on lake beebe
an after-bedtime load of hay
cantaloupe vanilla bean jam (which ended up more like a sauce)
a day trip to visit adam's family near boston
an afternoon at our friend's home on lake bomoseen
back to homeschool (sort of)
a surprise while doing chicken chores--raspberries are ripening