Tuesday, July 19, 2016


It's been a difficult summer to start a yard.  We are in the midst of a drought, having barely received any rain for a couple months.  The sprinklers run almost daily, and we have a mixture of weeds and grass--a definite improvement over bare sandy soil.  I have started digging beds across the front of the house so we can get started on some landscaping.  So far I have a couple hydrangeas which I found on sale.  Achieving the gardens we had at our old house seems a long way off right now, but I am excited to get going.

The vegetable garden has been planted, but most everything is doing poorly.  The soil we bought to fill the beds would seem to be the culprit, so I am fertilizing with some organic fertilizer, and come fall, I will amend the soil with compost and plant a cover crop.  I am really missing my old garden right about now.  Here is my current plant list:  tomatoes, onions, lettuce, green beans, broccoli, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb.

The bee house hanging out back at the edge of the woods.
The queen anne's lace is all in bloom--one of my favorite wildflowers:

Also seen on our daily walks:

There is a small wooded area at the back of our land where some ferns are growing.  I am hoping to make this a little woodland garden...

The blackberries have begun to ripen, so I am happy to have something to harvest...

Thank you for following along ~ I hope you are enjoying Summer!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

in the new workroom

We have been in this new house just over three months now--we have accomplished a lot, but there is still so much more to be done.  We still need to finish the kitchen {the soapstone sink and counters should be installed soon!}, I need to finish painting the kitchen cabinets, all the trim in the house needs to be installed and painted, and the powder room needs its sink installed.  Meanwhile something needs to be done with the yard, and I am so hoping to get the frames in place for our raised beds which moved with us--I cannot wait to get gardening again!  Last week we planted out 30 trees and 30 shrubs around the property.  They are very small, but I am hoping they will grow quickly.
My workroom is finally organized, for the most part.  I could barely walk through due to all the stuff that would end up here as we worked on other rooms.  Now I can sew.  And, my good husband saw an ad for a vintage Singer 201 and bought it for me.  My old 101-4 was running very sluggish, and so the 201 is handling the leather sewing so much better.  I have been working on some bags for a special commission and hope later this summer to actually get some made for the shop
I am dreaming of making another quilt, whenever I can squeeze it in. I found some quilting books at the library sale and am thinking maybe I will try the flying geese pattern...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nature notes...

We are sincerely hoping to have seen the last of the snow.  Walking daily through the fields and woods with my trusty companion, little signs of Spring are beginning to appear, like lots of birdsong, spring peepers, mayapples, and...

Trout Lily or Dog's-tooth violet...These just started to bloom in the narrow strip of woods at the west edge of our property.  The ground in the woods is carpeted with the beautiful mottled leaves.  Naturalist, James Burroughs, named it Trout Lily as it is a member of the Lily Family and comes into bloom at the start of trout season. Their appearance is an encouraging sign that Spring has arrived here.

The dandelion is another one of the first flowers to make an appearance here.  According to An introduction to nature: Birds, wild flowers, trees "It is found in all inhabited regions of the earth.  ...but, because it is so widespread and so abundant, its beauty is overlooked."  

Leaves on the underbrush are starting to open.

One of several rock piles that are bound to be found along the edges of farmers' fields.

This strip of woods was once the edge of a cow pasture, and many of the trees were used to support the barbed wire fencing.  This interesting, rotted trunk was the corner of the pasture, and I can still tell where the fencing was once attached...

Along the ground, some of the barbed wire still remains...

I can hardly wait until the trees have their leaves!



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