16 December 2016
















It seems like December is passing by so quickly.  
We started this month with a family hike to a spot I hadn't hiked since college.  I was the only one who felt like hiking to the top, and I'm so glad I did (though I was racing the sun, but I made it back down before it was fully dark). 

The kitchen has been busy with baking Christmas cookies (and decorating them by lamplight), making our favorite family fudge recipe, ricotta making, the Taproot Magazine rainbow hummus recipe for the potluck following our children's sunday school program (and so much more)... 

And December has been full of gift making.  I have finished projects for both of my nieces (a mermouse to go with Phoebe's Birthday, and a Maggie Rabbit), a Henry's Hat to go with that book for my nephew, cloth napkins for my sister, earrings for a friend, a cowl for another friend, with a little testing of my new loom in between all of those projects.  

We have a small tree this year, that we chose from a local tree farm.  My favorite part of having a tree is seeing the collection of ornaments for each of my kids.  My mother-in-law makes one for each of them every year, and I make an ornament with their photo on it every year.  These years, just like this month, are passing by so quickly...I wish I could slow time. 



01 December 2016

November



 












I apologize to any of you who follow our farm account on instagram.  I have barely used my camera the whole month of November, so most of these photos were taken with my ipod and many, if not all of them, were shared on instagram already.

The month of November was so full... so full that I didn't think of grabbing my camera.  I can hardly keep up with the daily tasks of cooking and laundry, it seems, so I didn't think of posting on the blog.

The frosty days of early November (seen on the lovely autumn blueberry leaves) brought the kids and me inside most of the time.  It felt like a big deal to go out and dig the last row of carrots.  It's so funny how without realizing it, we go from such full days outside to full days inside that even harvesting seems out of routine when just a month earlier we had farmers' markets.

Being inside more means I am crafting a lot!  I finished F's Tiny Tea Leaves sweater and made myself, not one, but two Fen dresses!  I am so happy with how they turned out.  I had picked up some beautiful fabric and the pattern on my birthday weekend away in Portland, Maine.

Adam finished splitting the slab wood for sugaring seasoning, just in time for snow.

I helped a dear friend for a day cutting balsam for wreaths.  We only got through 8 of her 50 balsam bunches--wreath-making is no joke!

The kids got one good sledding afternoon in before the weather warmed again.

We spent Thanksgiving day with Adam's family (and got to snuggle up our baby niece the whole time).  And came back to the largest market I do with crafts--two full days of selling hand-made goods with several of my closest friends.  It was a great market this year!

In any of the spare moments I have, I'm trying to work on the gifts I plan to make for family and friends.  Looks like it will be a very full December, too.


02 November 2016

Potato Harvest






After such a dry summer and potato beetles by the hundreds, our harvest was nothing like previous years.  But it will be more than enough for us for winter, and hopefully enough for spring planting (and we sold many pounds of new potatoes through the summer, too).  We only grow three varieties: All Blues, Mountain Rose and Nicolas...and my favorite, the All Blue, did the poorest.  But we are thankful for harvest we've stored away in the cellar.

01 November 2016

Just about done...






I am *finally* just rows away from finishing F's Tiny Tea Leaves Sweater.  This is mostly because I used my birthday weekend away to get some knitting done...when we weren't walking the streets of Portland, enjoying some delicious food, buying lots of fun fabric, or walking the shores of Saco Bay.  It was my first weekend away from all of the kids!  A very special way to celebrated my 36th birthday. 

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20 October 2016

fall project










If you follow us on instagram, you know we made a crazy trip to Michigan this fall.  Adam hadn't been able to make the trip in almost six years (and hadn't had more than one day off of milking in two years!)  But thanks to a friend from church, we were able to make a four day trip for my cousin's wedding.  He got to spend time with my grandpa and visit my nana in her Alzheimer care home...and even meet some family he'd never met before.  

After our whirlwind trip, my parents came out for just three days to help install a sink we purchased!  My dad had built the cabinet for it and we had to tear out a broom closet and the old sink, patch and paint the wall, and (after much hassle with the plumbing) put in the new sink.  Without a dishwasher, and with bottling all of the milk jars that we do in a week, this new sink will make it much easier.  I'll miss the old enamel farm sink, but we have future plans for its use in another spot. 

19 October 2016

the colors this year







I feared that the dry weather we've had all summer would affect the fall colors this year, but they are more vibrant than ever!  

I can't help but snap photos wherever I go...
driving around during Z's piano lessons,
a family drive in our town,
a bikeride to town,
a foggy morning on the farm,
our annual Hubbardton Battlefield fall photo of the kids...

And I have more pictures to come!  ;)