Drink in the wild air

It’s still very much summer, but I can see that fall is around the corner just by the changes in our yard. I am already harvesting ornamental gourds, for one thing. I am growing those specifically for fall décor. I broke in my dehydrator by drying some cherry tomatoes. It took FOREVER (more than 24Continue reading “Drink in the wild air”

Summer Harvest

We’ve been here for nearly 7 months now — more than half a year — and while I’ve learned so much already, there is still much more to learn. Meanwhile, we are discussing what projects we need to do once growing season winds down. My main focus right now is the summer harvest. I haveContinue reading “Summer Harvest”

As spring fades into summer

Today is the first day I’ve been out to work in the yard in over a week. Last Saturday was my birthday, so I took the day off from working outside. (Even though the weather was perfect!) I took my morning coffee out on our screened-in porch, listened to the birds, and played my wordContinue reading “As spring fades into summer”

Where the Cottonwood Blows

It’s that joyous time of year when downy cottonwood seeds float through the air. And then they land. And cover everything. We actually had big clumps of them all over the yard. They got in our clothes, our shoes, Blitz’s fur … Thankfully, I’m not seeing quite so many this week (she writes, as sheContinue reading “Where the Cottonwood Blows”

Spring update

Two posts in one day! But a lot has been going on. For starters, I planted two blueberry bushes recently. Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits, and as many fruits as we are growing here, we aren’t growing those. So I figured I might as well. On Monday, I noticed that something snapped offContinue reading “Spring update”

Spring at the Farm

I love experiencing our first spring here. The yard seems to always be muddy and the weeds are out of control, but I love witnessing the changes in our woods, our pond, our trees … Living here is hard work, but I have no regrets. It’s rewarding, tremendously peaceful, and quiet. Right now, I’m focusingContinue reading “Spring at the Farm”

Spring marches in

Well, it’s more of a tip-toe, really. But the days have been warming up, and I can definitely see the shift in the seasons. The fun part has now begun where I get to see what pops up in the garden beds. Yesterday, I also noticed hyacinths starting to emerge from the dirt. Two ofContinue reading “Spring marches in”

Dreaming of Spring

“February” by Jane Goodwin Austin I thought the world was cold in death; The flowers, the birds, all life was gone, For January’s bitter breath Had slain the bloom and hushed the song. And still the earth is cold and white, And mead and forest yet are bare; But there’s a something in the lightContinue reading “Dreaming of Spring”

A woman in the great outdoors, part 3

Please read parts 1 and 2 before reading this. Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventure, Day 3 I tried, unsuccessfully, to sleep in on Sunday morning. Breakfast was at 8. I made some coffee in my room to tide me over (powdered creamer, though, ugh) and grabbed my lens ball out of my camera bag to getContinue reading “A woman in the great outdoors, part 3”