Archive for April, 2011


Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Sofía graciously took a FOUR AND A HALF HOUR NAP on Thursday (good Lord I’d forgotten how much I miss the naps) so I got around to finishing up a long-awaited project. Our farm has a name. My dream is now real enough to share with passers-by. Once it was done I took a step […]


Thursday, April 28th, 2011

My dear, dear aunt has passed away. She was a maker like me. Her hands spent most of their time on this world creating beauty. She had a boutique of her own when she used to live in DC, making French hand-sewn children’s clothing. She loved making her own lace. When she learned she was […]

New home for the bees

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I managed to finish the chicken paddock last weekend, and that meant it was high time to get the bees out of there. My bees have a hard enough time keeping their numbers up without serving as a snack for lazy chickens as well. I added on another deep box and later, a honey super. […]

I guess I like Spring after all

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The dogwood in our front yard is spectacular. And if tonight’s tornadoes and thunderstorms don’t knock all the blossoms off, I’ll try and get a picture tomorrow with the azaleas in full bloom behind it.

Easter cupcakes

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Look at these cupcakes I made for Sofía’s Easter party! A golden buttermilk cake with vanilla buttercream piped into flowers… and then I whipped egg whites for some royal icing and piped it into little egg cupcake toppers! The only problem was that I accidentally added a GLUG of vanilla to the royal icing instead […]

A sad day at Summersweet

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

All 15 of my hand-raised 7-week-old chicks went missing this morning. When I woke and went outside to feed the chicks I found their cage shouldered (propped?) open and completely empty. No sign of a struggle inside the pen, which is odd in itself. There were little tufts of feathers here and there around my […]

Little organizer

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Sofía is so like me in some ways – especially in her urge to categorize and put things in their Proper Place. I’m pretty sure that because of me there’s one more dedicated future listmaker in the world. For instance she’ll yell at us if we leave a drawer halfway open, or put something away […]

April showers bring April flowers

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I should stop complaining so much about all the rain.

Cows poop a lot

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

This is what a ton of manure looks like. Wheelbarrowload of dead ivy vines in the foreground for scale. I am thrilled to have finally discovered a source for organic manure. I asked around all last year at different feed stores and was told that it’s not possible to sell manure in MD. Turns out […]

Tweedledee & Tweedledum

Monday, April 18th, 2011

That’s what I’m calling my latest cream & sugar set. Don’t they just look like those dumpty twins? These two are handbuilt instead of wheelthrown, not something I normally do. I do like the very organic forms you can get with handbuilding, but it takes so long and I am not a patient person. Thank […]