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Color bursting out all over…

I love this time of the year, the colors are starting to pop in the yard.

Deep purple iris looks almost black at times

Deep purple iris looks almost black at times

Iris showing some lovely pastels

Iris showing some lovely pastels

Flocks carpet displaying lovely pinks

Flocks carpet displaying lovely pinks

Side prenatal garden forming buds and cherry tree forming fruit

Side prenatal garden forming buds and cherry tree forming fruit

Chickens are 4 weeks old today and showing signs of the awkward teens. Most of their down is gone and not all the feathers have come in so they have bald spots here and there. They have also started testing their wings. When we open the cage for cleaning they run out and practice flying to different heights on the porch. At the end of this week we can turn off the heat lamp and in another three weeks they can move out to the hen house. I love the chicks but will b happy to get the porch back…
IMG_1880We finished building the hen house this past weekend. Next week it needs to be insulated for the New England winters and the run built. We should be done with that little building project right around the time they should be moving into to their home.



Spring is in the air…

Spring is in the air...

Veggie Garden Starting to Mature

Much to our delight the vegetable gardens and fruit trees are starting to produce. There are raspberries, blueberries starting to mature on the bushes, grape clusters have started to form on the vises and the apple, pear and cherry trees have started forming fruit. Now we just need to order some ladybugs for the aphids that have attached themselves to the Northern Spy apple tree.

The vegetable gardens have even started to show signs of the bounty to come this season.


radishes have provided their first crop


Tomato plants are in full bloom and starting to form fruit. Even the eggplant in the greenhouse with them have started to flower.


Butternut squash, pie pumpkins, patty squash, acorn squash and hubbards have started to spread out. The carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips and spinach in the raised beds at the other end of the hill garden have spread their third set of leaves.


The green and yellow summer squash and cucumbers in this garden are moving along as well.

The kale, green beans, kkohl rabi, and brussels sprouts  in the front garden are only a few inches above the ground and have a bit of catching up to do with rest of the plantings… Oh what fun it is to grow your own food.

Memorial Weekend 2013

This holiday weekend has to be one of the strangest that I can remember.

Up until this weekend we have had lovely warm weather that allowed the perennials to grow and many to come into bloom, and the fruit trees and bushes to bloom — attracting bees that helped fruit to start to form.


Flower in bed at the side of the house


High bush blueberries at the front of the pasture


Plantings at the top of the driveway

Cherry tree starting to form fruitCherry tree starting to form fruit

Even the Easter cactus like all of the sunshine

Even the Easter cactus like all of the sunshine

We had great plans for the weekend. We had invited a friend down to  to kayak Grafton Pond, one of favorite quiet water spots for the weekend and had grands plans of spending the entire weekend on or around the water.

grafton pond

Fortunately, we did spend the weekend around water, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite as we had envisioned.  As luck would have it we had heavy cold rains all weekend, and to my surprise we even woke to snow this morning.

May 26, 2013

May 26, 2013

My main concern with the snow fall last night  (which the weather service did not predict) is the open garden bed and fruiting tress. The plants in the flower gardens had wither bloomed or were in bud, but are now laying on the ground under the heavy, wet snow. The seeds in the uncovered vegetable beds had just started breaking through the ground and fruiting trees and bushes, which now have branches reaching for the ground had started forming fruit. Fortunately, we did close the doors on the cold beds and the greenhouse so that the items in them are safe from harm.

Although this weekend provided some interesting weather it was not a total loss. We changed our focus from the outdoors to working on some craft projects. Amanda got back to a loom beading project that she has been working on for time — not really sure how she can work with all of those small delica beads — but then again we each have different talents…

amanda beading

Beading a sea otter from a picture she took in AK

And I spent the weekend making some progress on two quilting projects — the wolf and flying geese quilts.


Started sewing down the applique pieces on the units. Next is to sew all the units to the template.


All blocks completed for the center of the flying geese quilt


Started marking the pieces that will create the ends of the sashing units that when sewn together will from stars between the blocks

Although the weekend was not as planned. It was nice, relaxing and rejuvenating. As Erma Bombeck stated “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”…. Hope you had a wonderful Memorial weekend.

Weekend Projects

We spent this weekend preparing vegetable beds and planting the cold frames and the southern facing bed, and setting up tomato plants in the greenhouse. Next weekend we will move onto the other two beds. The beds in the picture are new this season so we also had to move about 1,600 pounds of organic grade soil into the new raised beds, needless to say sore muscles were had by all.

2013 cold beds

In an effort to make us feel better, I broke out the bottle of  aspirin and baked some carob zucchini muffins.

carob zucchini muffins


  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 whole banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pan and set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, carob powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.
  3. In another bowl, cream mashed banana with applesauce and raw sugar.
  4. Stir almond milk, vanilla and zucchini into the banana mixture.
  5. Add flour mixture into wet ingredients until just combined.
  6. Spoon batter into greased muffin pan and bake 18-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack and then serve or freeze.

Next weekend we need to tackle the remaining two vegetable beds — so I will have to come up with something new and yummy for next Sunday.

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