Monday, June 25, 2012


ella miranda in the blueberries

We joined some school families early Saturday morning to pick blueberries. I'm just thrilled that this farm is less than five minutes from our house. The berries were the largest I've ever seen and were just dripping from the bushes. We picked more than two gallons in an hour, even with Ruby eating berries steadily.


beans by oyabakamama
beans, a photo by oyabakamama on Flickr.
Remember when Ella used to say "farmer marketing"?  Here is some real farmer marketing. These Stonecrop beans were perfect last night with some local corn on the cob.


gardening by oyabakamama
gardening, a photo by oyabakamama on Flickr.

After a brief stint of letting things go, John and pulled a massive amount of weeds out of the garden this weekend. There is black cloth under that hay, and I'm going to find some newspaper and buy more hay for the rest. The children and I planted tons of basil last night and handfulls of sunflower seeds.

I thought we would have it fenced this weekend, but maybe by next weekend. Apparently we are flirting with disaster considering that every neighbor put up deer fencing on May 15. I'm always in denial about how much these little projects are going to cost. I'm sure we'll be repaid in tomatoes alone when the "Mortgage Lifter" starts to bear fruit.



clarisse by oyabakamama
clarisse, a photo by oyabakamama on Flickr.

chicken girl

chicken girl by oyabakamama
chicken girl, a photo by oyabakamama on Flickr.

Friday, June 08, 2012

country living

country living by oyabakamama
country living, a photo by oyabakamama on Flickr.
Back when I was ten and reading a lot of Foxfire books I was entranced with the idea of having a root cellar, and now we have one with wooden bins, dusty shelves, and a nice collection of old blue mason jars. Inside I found a vintage picnic basket, a coal miner's lunch box, and some McCoy planters. There are old gallon jars still filled with apple cider than may be more than twenty years old--talk about "the mother" of the vinegar.

For now, the root cellar makes a great place for us to store our bikes, but with the arrival of this visitor in the photo the kids say that they are never going in there again.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Fast Forward

May 14 :: June 4 by oyabakamama
May 14 :: June 4, a photo by oyabakamama on Flickr.
From tiny baby chickies to big teenagers in a mere three weeks. This week has been dedicated to getting these girls into their coop. We have been digging and putting up posts, stretching fencing, and making more trips to Lowes than I ever imagined. The kids and I took the girls out to their newly fenced run to let them take a look around, and they promptly ducked their heads and walked right through the fencing. It is that two by four fencing that will hold them well when they are a bit bigger. I may own my own fencing pliers, but I don't really know what I'm doing. One more trip to Lowes for forty feet of hardware cloth, and we'll try that one more time. We did dig a trench and put in a cement shield against digging predators. The top will be covered with poultry netting. I still want to put a metal roof on my coop, but hopefully by the weekend the utility room will be liberated.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012