Bob the cat without a tail likes fruit dip. He's pretty embarassed to be caught under the vintage trailer setup!
A tiny bit of reading was fit in. Susannah's book is full up with healing words.
What's a porch party without some fairy lights?
Emma is knitting a blanket for a friends new baby. Time out for a bit of camera instruction.
Only shot of the band I took.
Another batch of beer being crafted. Laughing beer...that's a good name! Wait, beer is making us laugh beer? Not sure what's going on here...
I'm taking a Spindling class.
We wound up picking close to 35 lbs of strawberries this year. It's not alot really. Jam has been made. We've picked blueberries...a couple of gallons. We picked raspberries two weeks ago. None of which I photographed before getting into the freezer. It's been hot and time required us to race them home and prepare them properly. Our smoothies are filled with the taste of summer fruit.
This dress sold today in my shop. It is on its way to Russia! That's emma playing dress up.
Besides all of this, Summer SouLodge is in full swing. The Lodge has been a wonderful gathering place for women wanting to do some deep soul work. This season we're journeying with sister Whale. I've been in the Lodge for three sessions now. It's become a second home in so many ways. Aho to all of my sisters.
She came to live with me by way of a traveller that carries ancient things. I just love her. I did not realize that she had dreads until after my husband pointed it out to me. She is carved from a rainforest wood although I do not know what. Sitting next to a vase of garlic scapes is perfect.
Breakfast from the garden this morning. So much in there! Black raspberries, calendula, borage flowers, nasturtiums, sorrel, 2 kinds of lettuce, chard, kale, spinach, lemon balm...all a short walk out the back door.
Tasha Tudor played such an important role in my young growing up and mothering years. I loved her books, her homestead, her lifestyle but, especially her gardens. When my daughter was young I had a friend, that was a weaver and was good friends with Tasha. She was in a book with Tasha as well. At the time she had tried to arrange a visit with Tasha and Emma to meet. They would have gotten along famously I'm sure of it. We had several old fashioned dresses made up for Emma to wear just for the occassion. Alas...the visit did not ever happen. We never had the chance to meet our garden and lifestyle heroine. We always have a sigh of sadness of never having had met her in person. Despite this, we still feel like we know her through her childrens books as well as the books by Richard Brown and Tovah Martin. Today, I was dreaming of Tasha and her garden...garden dreams sweet Tasha.
Strawberries, roses, marigolds....
Last year, I missed a lot of gardening due to a back that is not cooperating. So, my dear made me a couple of surprises. Two large raised beds! They are made from recycled pine flooring that we had around. They are the perfect height for my short self. The white on the boards just needs to be wiped off. I have stuffed the beds with plants! Veggies, herbs, flowers...maybe 50 plants in each box. It's going to be grand!
Poppy blooming in a bed of comfrey...
Pulmonaria on the walkway
Maude is always watching...
Hibiscus in her pot...
Emma put a suprise mushroom in a pot of pansies...
Dahlia in lavender
We spent the day at Brimfield yesterday. It was great fun to walk around and see all of the creative vendors with their wares. I walked away with an old French watering can. It's a beauty made of galvanized metal. While it's seen plenty of garden chores over the years, there is still plenty of life left in it! I may get to France someday but, in the meantime I can water my gardens with this beauty! I have no photos from the day as I didn't want to lug around a heavy camera. I'm thinking a small camera would be handy this summer when we want to travel light.