We faired well in the storm. Of course we had a bit of a downpour in the house until the the tarp was ajusted correctly. The shingles continue their slow progression up the roof. We never lost power. The outage maps said our town was completely out...as was all of eastern CT. But, somehow we never lost power. We were prepared. We kept waiting for it to happen. But, it did not happen. We went to see our river. It was raging as it always does in these storms. It's really impressive.
Behind our house. This is normally pretty shallow by now...you can walk around on the rocks.
Down the road from us is a popular white water kayaking place that folks from everywhere come to practice in. No one was kayaking on Monday. We have seen the water much higher than this.
It's crazy. A hurricane is headed to the Northeast. Unfortunately, what we are doing will probably be impacted by this rain headed our way. What we are doing, is not what they recommend when a hurricane is on the way to your neighborhood. Remember I told you that we are putting in a new kitchen? Well, we found a few extra problems during this process...and this is what we are doing now! Well, not me, but, Randy. Having a carpenter in the family certainly has its benefits. Getting your work done on your home, in a timely matter...this is not one of them.
There is Maude...watching.
We debated about putting a metal roof on. There are definite pluses to putting one on. Long life is a serious plus when you're in mid-life. Another would be rain water catchment. A third is it's a bit cheaper than wood shingles. Lastly, it's mostly easier and quicker than a wood shingled roof. We couldn't put this off any longer. The signs were there...water leaking. More signs...water pouring in last week during a huge rain storm. So, a wood shingled roof it is. We can put it up piecemeal. Of course we love the fairytale look of a wood shingled roof. At this moment actually a wood shingled roof is pretty much the same cost as asphalt as well. The difference for us is that the resident carpenter can put this up himself. Having someone put a wood shingled roof on your house would cost a huge amount of money otherwise.
Next, we need to paint this old house. I'm glad we live in a small house.
Randy brought home this find for $1.00! I own this bbok. I've owned this book since I was a young girl of 13. It was one of those important books of my youth. In fact it is because of this very book that I wanted to be a farmer. This is a feminist book on farming. It is filled with beautiful drawings, photos , quotes, stories poetry...and of course great farming knowledge. It's about being a farmer and the experience of it as a woman. This book was part of the back-to-the-land movement and if you were living in Vermont going to weaving school...it was on the shelf down at the Food Co-op. I have a handful of books that fit that category of ....transformative, memorable, sigh worthy, welling up inside. A few of those other books were Helen & Scott Nearings books, Annie Dillards Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Walden of course, Woodswoman by Anne LaBastille....how many hours did I make secret drawings of cabins and plot my escape to the wilderness. My life has alot of those elements in it now....but, that's a post for another day.
So, on this dreary Tuesday afternoon...I am sharing a few photos from this favorite book of mine. If you can find one and you love farming, gardening, story and poetry...and importantly feminist ideals...search around for this book...you will love it.
I know alot of you are either hoping for chickens this year or already have them. We were planning on getting chickens again. We had them for maybe 6 years. We live on the edge of a huge forest and too many predators did them in time and time again. It's not looking like we're going to get it together with everything that's going on. Besides...in my ideal world I am eating vegan...and why have chickens, work and expense if they are not what I will be eating? This is a cool drawing of a chicken house. I have to admit though....the down and dirty side of me loves this...but, the lover of pretty and vintage also loves this chicken house....yea, yea I'm embarassed to reveal this to my herbalist and farmer friends...it's my little secret! But, wouldn't you like this if you could have it?!
Recycle...it's the best use right? Start collecting a pile of "junk" and soon enough you'll have all the materials you need. My husband is an expert at this. If you go down to our local flea market on Sunday mornings...you will find a whole pile of folks just like us...collectors. We rationalize it really well don't we? If you have a pile growing somewhere on your property...just tell people you're collecting stuff for your next chicken house or outbuilding artist studio...it sounds so much better!
Elegy for the Bees...it's magical. This is one of my favorite pages in the book. It's strange to read this passage now 35 years later. The bees weren't in danger then....the last lines of the elegy says...
"No, my grief is not for that. It is the bees, the beautiful determined bees that sacrifice to me and the bear."
So many things I want you to read from the book! This little poem closes the book...
Sometimes in my dreams
I still see
my Kentucky grandmother
thin, strong and hungry
holding her egg money
out to me
buy land, Mary,
buy land while it lasts
they stopped making it.
A walk around the woods...
Motherwort is popping up...surrounding the hops that will peak out soon enough.
This ole' barn has stood a long, long time here...a new one needs to replace it. That's the Pine that was hit by lightening last autumn...still standing.
One of the brave sunflowers that stood through a winter of huge snowstorms and high winds...it's still standing!
The weekend brings library book sale, flea market, shop rearranging, painting of furniture to fill up the shop. I will be the supervisor of these events! There is so much to be done now that spring is here....
*Get Greenhouse fixed/seeds started
*Replace cob oven roof
*Dig more garden space
*Fix truck/replace engine
*Begin the great barn cleanout
*Get beehives set-up
*Finish knitting pink silk & wool shawl
My husband has been trying to keep me entertained while I am limited in my ability to get about. So, in his kind efforts to do so...he purchased this new book for me from Holly Becker founder of Decor8 and one of the fine teachers in the recent Blogging Your Way ecourse (I highly recommend it) that I took. I really like Holly's perspective about design and making your home a soul filled place. I've already leafed through alot of the book last night. Leslie Shewring of Creative Mint was a contributor to this book which includes photos of her home as well as advice and her tips on flower arranging. I read a number of quotes from other designers and bloggers that she has sprinkled throughout the book, out loud as my husband worked on painting some of the furniture we've collected for my new vintage design adventure. I'll share a couple of pages of the book with you.
I really love white kitchens. I like this kitchen because of the haphazard array of cups stacked in the cupboard. I like the collection of cups that most likely appeared here over time...suggesting a history in the place. I can imagine many a friend having shared a cup of tea in this home. I especially like the old farmhouse kitchen sink. My friend Sarah has a sink like this in her home. I like to wash my dish and pile it into the dish strainer with her other dishes of her day. When we bought our old home 24 years ago...there was a sink like this in the house...we gave it away and I now wish I hadn't.
Of course I love this photograph. I like the simple bottles and the deep, indigo, dreamy blue that sits on the plain windowsill. I like using old bottles to tell a story with a few flowers carefully arranged.
What I like most about this book is that it represents vignettes of people's homes from all over the world. I like the presentation of over 1,000 ideas that anyone can incoporate into their homes to make it more creative. The ideas in it fit any budget and there are many diy projects presented to inspire you in your own soul filled home. This is a wonderful book to have on hand to just browse though as well as give you hours of creative ideas to fill your time. If you love design...you want this book.
Saying good-bye to March today. We are expecting some snow again. I'd like to be out flower essence gathering and wildflower hunting. March's word was Expect. What are you expecting in your day?
Randy walked about today and brought in some spring for me...
A few good resources for plant study. A really nice little magnifying glass for close up study.
Our good friend Martha came over today. Martha is 85 years old and a dear soul that we love very much. You see, I got a text message from Lori...Martha's daughter...that said...Martha is on her way over with chocolate cake and enchiladas. Lori is lilke that...she does things like that and swoops in and out again before you know she was there. It's hard to have folks over when you are trying to get through a health crisis, It's not easy to put on a cheerful face for visitors. It's easier to just stay isolated with the pain sometimes. I think friends can begin to drop away. I hope that things will turn around soon and I''ll be able to socialize again. It's been a long haul and we are all weary from it. So...today Martha the gypsy soul that she is...showed up to make sure that we were taken care of and felt loved. Thank-you Martha and Lori...
Long ago I read Home Comfort: Life on Total Loss Farm....it was the 70's. It was an important book to me at age 13. It was about a group that formed, to live together in a commune in Vermont...called Total Loss Farm. I loved the drawings, the stories and the ideas. I carried the book around in my backpack with me. On the cover of this book is a beautful old wood cookstove. To me it symbolized self-sufficient living, independence, radical ideas and a break with mainstream culture. That book along with many others...including Helen and Scott Nearing's Living the Good Life...were books I referred to often. It was the direction I was headed. My husband figured out a way to surprise me with this beautiful Glenwood stove for my birthday. This stove is a symbol to me of my youth, my dreams, my hopes...and now I have a wood cookstove sitting in my very own house. He couldn't have given me a greater gift...I love it!
Emma made this little blackboard for us to hang up and leave each other messages.
An upcycled treat stand that shall be filled with truffles and cupcakes...made by emma.
A cast iron tea pot...my favorite green...for tea, to sit by the cookstove one day.
For our garden to begin brewing more varieties of plants for our mead making. The book is already in the house apparently...we don't want to share it though.
Of course a romantic book about the beloved Beatrix Potter...so many tales have been read here over the years.
A box full of alphabet cards with artwork I love....
Some love from my husband...to put all those wildflowers he picks for me....
I think this Glenwood needs a cabin to live in....
More later today....