Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Headed North

We're off, once again to our cabin up north.  A great time for our family to leave the tv and toys ( and computer, phone, electricity & plumbing ) behind and reconnect with each other. Here are some photos of last years trip, en epic one where our cross-continental cousins joined us. It was a wonderful week together.  This year it's just my little family, but we're meeting some friends up there & hope to have as much fun as last year.

  See you all in a week or so,  happy summer to you.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

tiny wooden shoes

It's the middle of my new work schedule so no garden shots, crafts or art.  So I thought I would share the newest addition to our growing dress-up collection,  tiny wooden shoes.   My mother in law found them at our thrift shop & they fit Oscar perfectly.  He clomps in & out of the house, half dressed or to the babysitters in these. 
so enjoy the rest of your week, I hope these photo's made you smile, they sure make me.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Red Bird Farm update - june edition

Do I look like a small time farmer??? Is that the determined face of someone heading out to land to work for her food?  Weeeeellllll, sort of.  Here's the update.
#1 hassle : thistles
#2 hassle : wandering children looking for the tractor.

We spent 2 evenings out at our little farm recently and left it ankle deep under straw.  Potatoes, Onions, Cabbage, Brussel sprouts are all looking fantastic.  Our strong plants even seem to bounce back from a small child ( or adult trying to get a small child) trampling them ALL down.   The Beets, corn & squash are still pretty small but hopefully we gave them a fighting chance my, again, weeding.   We mulched using 17 bales of straw so hopefully the walkways & weeds will give us a break. We still have one 10x10 patch that needs turning & tilling, hoping to fill it with pinto beans. Our experiment is to let the beans grow & dry on the vine, giving us our dried beans for the winter, we'll see. 

While the initial thought was to make it a family affair, that idealistic scene where the children are helping and learning from getting their hands dirty.  When in reality, my children anyway, are pretty uninterested.  Felix goes and plays pretend on a large pile of rocks yelling " someone come play with me!!!!"  And Oscar, when not falling down or fighting over the shovel,  just wants to be on my back, just hanging there.  Sounds sweet but this child is 30 pounds!  So this weekend we remembered ,a  duh moment, is how fun it is to play in the bed of a truck.  Our farm partners brought out toys, coloring books and crayons, filled the back of the truck with snacky food and we all got some work done with the kiddo's played.  For a while anyway.

I also have to put in a huge plug for the gentlemen on our farm, they came out on their own a week back and did some major clearing, so we wouldn't be nearly this far if they weren't such good thistle fighters.

So that's all folks, more updates in july I hope.  By then the corn & squash will hopefully be knee high.   How's your garden growing??