One of the downsides to where we live is that almost everything is far away, but the view on your way there is almost always beautiful.
Paint samples mingling with family art. Just a daydream right now. A happy thought for way off in the future. I’ve already decided just which one I want.
It was in this month that I finally gave up on the rest of my tomatoes, piled up in baskets in the mudroom, waiting to be dealt with. They are now for the wildlife to enjoy.
Iain built me an arbor to grow my roses up, lovely boy. Steve and Elijah helped a bit at times, mostly holding things in place, but it was designed and built almost entirely by Iain. It’s going to look gorgeous all covered in blooms come summer.
Following their interests, our “woods day” has mostly been taking place fire side for the younger ones, with the older ones stopping in to visit from time to time. We tend to cook at least our midday meal on the fire. Last week it was apple, yam and raisins topped with cinnamon and a bit of oil, cooked up together in a tidy packet. A little spit for roasting apples has been erected. They like to roast apples every week. What Galen really wants is to roast a turkey over the fire. They are working on new burn bowls. Galen has been making paintbrushes from found wood and bird feathers.
I got such a wonderful head start on Iain’s birthday sweater this year! At some point I got distracted and put it aside, knowing that I had time to spare. Suddenly it’s November and occurring to me that I have this giant man-sized sweater to complete and very little time to do it in.
I’ve been sewing and sewing. I’m wrapping crafting and the holiday season about me like a comfortingly soft old quilt. And on the subject of quilts, I up and decided to make Iain a “quick” last minute quilt. As if there is really such a thing as a quick quilt! I’ve had the fabric for an embarrassingly long time and the child will be 16, it’s feeling like now or never. I’m really enjoying the process. It’s mostly quiet sitting work, which is just my speed these days.
Experiments with various types of barometers.
Wood gathered for sugaring off on the other side of the year.
I haven’t quite wrapped my brain around Thanksgiving being in just two days. In fact, I keep thinking it’s Friday and the week is over. I think we’ll be keeping things fairly simple here.