Saturday, June 11, 2016

Powering into June

It's June already, and I feel like I was just expressing my amazement that it was May! 

My little boy has started riding his peddle bike now- most of the time he doesn't need his daddy to hold him up, but he likes to know that he is right there, ready to catch him.
 Of course, Cedar wants to join in the fun! She is still a little short for the run bike, but she demands that we push her around on it anyways.
 We gave some fertilized eggs to our two broody hens, and they hatched out 3 adorable chickies. Oh, those Brahmas and their feathery legs. I love watching the two hens co-parent the little puffballs.

Kesten and I got the chance to be extras in a movie that they are filming part of in our little town. We got to meet the lovely Shirley Henderson. You may recognize her as Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter or Ursula Blake from Dr. Who (I am told she is also in Happy Valley). Anyways, it was a very fun experience and I hope our little scene makes the final cut.

My very talented sister from The Honey Bee Paperie did this wonderful family portrait of us. I love it so much! She is opening up a few spots for custom orders again, so if you would love a family portrait or something else, now is the time! Seriously, those spots fill up fast!
 We've had a couple of all-day power outages in the last little while, which has been exciting and challenging. They always seem to catch us unprepared, and the last one had us cooking on our tiny camp stove in order to make some food for dinner.
 This little guy has been asking me to make him a bow-tie for awhile now, so I finally sat down and did it. I used the mix-and-match free pattern from here.
 When his sister saw him with one, she wanted one too! They have been wearing them everywhere.
 And my favourite place- The Fort St James National Historic Site- is open again for the summer, kicking off the season with their Easter in June celebration.
 Cedar was thrilled to see all the baby animals and was very excited to see the Easter Bunny. However, when the Easter Bunny finally made his appearance, she was terrified and we ended up having to go home early. I don't blame her. People in costumes can be very unnerving.
 Finally, I sewed my first pair of jeans! I've been attempting to sew all my own clothes for a year, and shortly after deciding that, most of my jeans developed holes. So, I tackled the project and am very pleased with the outcome! I am going to be making more in the future.

 The pattern I used is Ginger Jeans.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Glorious May

 Is any month more wonderful than May? Spring is galloping into summer, the blossoms are out, the garden is growing, and we are lucky to get some hot days (worthy of a dip in the lake!). This May, we have been so lucky to have my in-laws here for a week while my husband had holidays, and it was a much needed time to get some projects done and some relaxation!

(The following five photos were taken by my in-laws.)
My little boy got a pedal bike and is learning how to ride it!

 The Farmer's Market has started up again and my kids were reunited with their favourite market animals!
 Spicy Greens (the makers of the best butter chicken in the world!) are back at the market and Cedar enjoyed her samosa to the extreme!
 It was so hot one day, we headed to the beach for a picnic and my first swim in the lake (wearing my new bathing suit that I sewed. I was very proud of this one!).
 For our anniversary, we got to go for a 5-hour paddle down the lake. It was a wonderful adventure, and I got to see some amazing views of this area that I have never had the chance to see before.
 There were so many beautiful, quiet beaches and caves tucked into rock cliffs.
 Our route took us by the famous pictographs, painted by the First Nations of this area, a few hundred years ago.
 An eagle's nest is perched over the cliff on an island. It has grown huge over the years, as the eagles build on top of the existing nest each spring.
 When we could see the church, our trip was nearly complete.
 Back at home, our animals are doing well. Boos has an obsession with wooden buttons and reacts to them like catnip. I made her a little toy with one attached and it has been a big hit.
 One of my hens went broody, so I got her some fertilized eggs to sit on. Shortly after, a second hen went broody, and just two days ago, a third hen joined in. I now have 3 (out of 4 hens) sharing 5 fertilized eggs between them. When one gets off to go eat and drink, one of the others will use her beak to roll the eggs under herself. This game is on a continual loop. We've only got a few days left until hatch day and I am interested to see how these three broodies will raise their chicks together.
The mason bees have been laying eggs and have mudded over four of the holes in the mason bee house.
 The garden is planted and growing!

 It was my little girl's birthday last week and she requested a "doot" cake. "Doot" is her word for bunny.
 I love the look on her face when we brought the cake out!
 She highly enjoyed all of her presents. What a fabulous two-year old!





Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring Rush

My, how much has changed in just a few short weeks! We have gone from bits of snow and brown grass, to green leaves and even blossoms. And it is only April! It is unheard of around here!

 The ice was completely off the lake by April 6, and the migrating ducks are now harder to spot.






 I've been busy sewing all my own clothes (including a chic retro bathing suit and high-waisted bikini bottoms!) and I wanted to try dyeing this dress with the woad from my garden (which stayed alive and green all winter under a blanket of snow).
 I dyed it ombre style.
 I also have been experimenting with shibori techniques using my lichen dyes on silk.
 We were recently given a playhouse and my dad and I have plans to make it bigger and better! Stay tuned for that!
 We are spending the majority of our time outside, eating most of our meals out there and playing in the yard. Our yard has absolutely no shade, so we are making a little shady area under our deck, if we need to retreat from the glare of the sun. We hung up curtains and I am in the process of building a little couch/chair from pallets that will soon have some comfy cushions.
 I've added 4 new raised beds to our garden, plus the new green house against the house. My long-suffering husband has been helping me shovel all the dirt.
 The hummingbirds are also back, nearly a week early. This little male Rufous has claimed our feeder for his own and perches on our deck to keep a constant eye on his territory.

 This morning, it was -3c, and he had his feathers all puffed out to keep warm.

 Our deck space is becoming a nice retreat for us, and many of our meals are eaten here. This summer, I am very focused on creating outdoor living spaces.
 I am in the process of hardening off some of our plants, to make room for new ones under the lights.
 Our mason bee house is standing in our chicken coop garden and 3 male mason bees have already emerged from their cocoons! How exciting!
 Can you spot the three empty cocoons? The females are in the larger cocoons and they emerge later than the males. I am hoping that my cherry tree will be in full bloom when they emerge, as it needs lots of help with pollination.
I can't get enough of spring!
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