Chicken Fever

A good part of our day is spent watching chickens play around the yard.  Maybe this is just newbie chicken love, but I hope not.
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Summer Knitting

I've been carrying around this ball of yarn for over a month now... tis' the pace of summer knitting.
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Reclaimed Blue Bird House

With all the blue birds flying around the garden this summer, Luke and Mike decided to spend an afternoon making them houses.  The left over bits from the chairs were reclaimed one more time.  I was going to paint them blue, but decided I liked them as is.  

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Some nights, the buzzing of mosquitoes are more than one person can bear.

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Reclaimed Furniture

I can't believe we cursed the tiny scraps of reclaimed lumber my brother's fiancĂ© loaded on the trailer.    They turned out to be just what we needed to build a set of adirondack chairs and a small side table for the garden.
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Afternoon Bliss

It's late afternoon along the shore of the river.  I'm content to knit under the shade of the trees, while the guys fish, hunt for frogs, and perform all other manners of boyhood adventuring.

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A Birthday Weekend

This weekend, my baby made his ninth trip around the sun.  We spent the most wonderful three days doing exactly what he loves...

::  Visiting trains and train museums

::  Swimming at the lake

::  Eating pumpkin pie and whipped cream (made especially for him, from our local bakery, since we don't have an oven right now)

Happy Birthday, my sweet boy.

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This Moment

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

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We've been spending a large part of our days traveling about this new place of ours.  Small road trips here and there while the afternoon sun is high and too hot to work on the land.

Wandering.  Life is good.
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Natural Plant Dyes: Alfalfa

Alfalfa, it's prolific in our fields right now and I thought it would make a fun dye experiment.  The neighboring farmer is going to hay our field any day now, so I wanted to harvest a basket full before it's gone.

I'll use my basic dye recipe here, though I may try mordanting with iron, too.  Maybe alum, who knows?  Really, it all depends on what I can find among the moving boxes.

I'll show you results just as soon as it's finished.
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Welcome, July Sponsors

A heartfelt thank you to all of our July Sponsors!  Now, more than ever, these few dollars we earn from sponsorship help keep our small homestead afloat.

Please take a moment and visit our sponsors...

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