Sunday, August 15, 2010

Well I'm not posting anymore pictures of the garden. While the bounty has been fairly plentiful, between breaking my flower pot, the great drought of '10 here in Va and the chickens its looking a bit like "the devastated vineyard". But as you can see Angelica has worked hard on a couple of cool projects this summer. The first of them is this set up made mostly from her little wooden figures and moss and such from over in the forest. She worked so hard on this that we kept it up for several weeks. I don't know if this is visible in the photo but my favorite part was that she made a little field for the animals out of hay from the mower and it looked just like a little field of animal hay.

I am stating to get exited for the time of year when I blow all the homeschooling money on sweet sweet german art supplies and gorgeous books and then end up scratching my head and wondering why there is nothing left to buy the math book with, Also fall hikes in the musty leaves and best of all APPLE SEASON!!

We have been making many foraging walks lately and brought in a bumper crop of elderberries. I have been inspired by reading Stalking the Wild Asparagus again and we have made many quarts of jam out of Blackberries and elderberries and even some grape jelly. (all sitting rotting on the vine and waysides right outside my own house. Who knew! With the elderberries I made jam and am turning the rest into Sambuca for my dad for Christmas ( I can post that because I don't think my father ever has really been online to speak of) Of course I am keeping some for myself to enjoy a cafe coretto once baby Hatke makes his or her appearance.

I am off to get peaches tomorrow so lets hope this preserving kick doesn't lose steam.

Oh and Ben killed the rooster. I made coq a vin and it was sublime.


appledapple said...

I've been enjoying both yours and Ben's blogs. I think I'm going to enjoy some Coq Au vin soon, but not from our own chickens anymore. We gave them to Regina years ago and have ordinances against poultry and livestock in our current home. One day we will venture into that life again, but for now I enjoy living in town and the ability to walk to most parks as well as book stores (and ice cream)!

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