Archive for November, 2010

Oh yeah the dress! Bridal redo part 8

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Part seven here. We had our final fitting on Sunday and she took the dress with her – after I ironed the skirt of course! That must have meant it was acceptable. First as a gown, with a train and no overskirt. There won’t be shoulder rolls either, but since they were already basted on […]

In defense of pastured chickens

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

In the weeks since the chickens have been transferred to the much larger area of the main garden, egg production has gone up by 25%. This comes after production went down by 50% with Fall’s arrival – any upswing is welcome! Numbers don’t lie – happy chickens are productive chickens. Clearly I’m going to have […]

Eye in the sky

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Google just updated its satellite images! And you can see our farm from SPACE! What was this a year ago… Is now this: And it looks a leeeeeeettle bit crazy! When we made the Fiddlehead, I had thought it would be nearly circular, just a bit oval. I pictured long, gracefully looping curves. But I’m […]

Bread: you can wrap stuff in it

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Sofía woke me at 6am last weekend. Having nothing better to do and being unlikely to see my bed for another 18 hours, I started work on what turned out to be the easiest potluck contribution dish ever (I had a workshop later that afternoon). Take half a recipe for five-minute bread – 3 c […]

Homemade chai

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I drink black tea every single morning. (I just can’t stand the taste of coffee!) I like to buy the Twinings boxes of loose tea because it’s pretty good, I can make it as strong as I like (very!), it’s the best price, and I can reuse the little tins afterwards. But those tins are […]

We went to the zoo

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Entitled “Dorks” by Josh. Ahem. More photos and satiric commentary up here.

Apple scrap vinegar – Part 2

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Part 1 here. The apple scrap vinegar we started a week or two ago seems to be progressing just fine. (After all these disasters we had, I am honestly surprised and relieved!) It’s fizzing a little and perfuming its cabinet with pleasant appley-vinegary smells. This is what it looked like to begin with and then […]

Free Bird(s)

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

With my food crops all tucked in and protected under their winter row-cover blankets, I figured it was time to let the chickens back out from their habitual little paddock into the great wide farm garden! Here they come, looking for treats and rubs. They are just as obnoxious as I remembered, preferring to tear […]

Bringing in the beans

Friday, November 5th, 2010

With the first of the Fall frosts imminent, I knew I had to bring in the last of summer’s tender crops. Sofía and I went outside with our milk-crate/step-stool and cut off all the bean plants nearly flush with the soil. That was a lot of bean plants… and the deer had gotten most of […]

Country mustard

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I ran out of mustard the other day. I’d bought some supplies in preparation for making my own… but I’d never made it before, and procrastinated forever. Then suddenly Hank over at Hunter Angler Gardener Cook posted his own mustard tips, and I decided it was time. It was easier than making salad dressing. 3 […]