All in Homestead Happenings
This week we have both the Autumnal Equinox and the Full Harvest Moon (Monday). This week is the week of Mabon, marking mid-harvest, when our days and nights cover equal time, a time of mysteries. The first of the leaves have begun to turn and rain down to the ground. Each breeze that strays across our property feels just cooler than the last, it is almost imperceptible, but my body prickles with its arrival.
It feels time, doesn’t it? The free spirited, roaming part of self sort of yearning to be contained a bit. Settled down. More rest. More rhythm. It feels time to me.
We were in the Golden Hour of summer here - the climax to the season. All life a thunderclap, a last hurrah, going out with a blaze under the high sun sinking fast. The setting of Summer making way for the rise of Fall. And it was glorious.
Cold brew, folks! You CAN make your own for about the same amount of time it takes to brew you regular warm cuppa. I make it for myself all summer long. And it is so good that I’ve been over-caffeinating myself as of late. Let me share with you how to enhance your life with this quick and easy method + some pointers.
My baby - she barely fits in my lap anymore. At night, when she is buzzing from the day and needs for me to hold her, to ground her so that she may ease into rest. Her long limbs spill over mine. I cradle her in my arms still. Determined not to tremble with fatigue under her reliance on me. Gravity, nature, pulls her precious weight away from me with greater force each day more that she has to grow on this planet.
My girl. Four years young today. A glorious day, and my heart aches the bittersweet ache of a great love, a love still somehow growing as even more of her emerges.
Hi from my summer hiatus!
It has been a busy month since I have last posted anew, and I’m eager to be back and share what we have been up to. Life has been full of travel, connecting with loved ones, tackling projects, expanding our orchard, and managing the summer bounty that is abloom.
Here is a little (mostly photo) update of what life has been looking like
Grow tunnels, aka Hoop Houses or Row Covers, are brilliant!
Why? Grow Tunnels are a cheap and easy way to protect your garden investment and bring it to the next level. You can extend your growing season in either direction by a month or more. It provides shade from the boiling sun. Acts as a wind break in a storm. And they protect your garden from all sorts of pests - deer, birds, flea beetles, slugs..
Here are my three favorite herbal Iced teas I have long stocked my fridge with for self-care - instructions and all! I take ten minutes a few times each week and make these three teas in quart sized Mason jars. I then refrigerate them and have them ready for everyday! These herbal teas are all caffeine-free and have very long, vast histories of being used as medicinal potions for wellness.
Here is all you need to know about propagating an entire patch of basil from just one plant to meet all of the basil your heart desires and your kitchen requires.
A photo series of oh so cute, sweet, fluffy baby chicks! Are they not the most delightful little buggers? We are enjoying watching them grow, and the sounds of their tiny chirps floating through the house.
I don’t know about you, but in our household we love decorating for the season. Naturally, for the start of Spring we dyed eggs. I love the tradition of decorating and displaying artful eggs. It’s like creating a little alter to birth and life, all that springtime promises. And it is beautiful.