Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Midsummer Weekend


Aymi left last night to go back home. I miss her already.

{a Midsummer morning at River Run}

We ended up spending the Midsummer weekend at River Run, which is in such a beautiful spot. We saw lots of critters, enjoyed the company of a gaggle of 35 other crazy ladies and went white water rafting for the first time. Here are some photos:


Not sure what kind of moth this is, but it was huge!




The following photos were taken by Aymi:

navigating

nom, nom, nom


Our cabin

One of the rafts

Our campCabins of the other crazy ladiesWhere folks gather to eat and be entertained


More to come soon!

Sláinte!

Laurel

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Rainy Summer Morning in the Garden

It has been pretty rainy here the last couple of days, which the garden {weeds included!} has been loving. And since the rain has saved from having to water the garden I figure I would use this extra few minutes to post some garden update pictures.



Above is a couple of shots of the new patch that we dug up, which ended up being a little bit bigger than already established veggie patch. So far we have corn, pole beans, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, beets, and chard planted in there. We will also be adding bush beans, tomatoes, dill, and cilantro. If we have enough room we might add some other herbs and veggies.




We have been harvesting lots of greens, radishes, carrots, beets, and herbs from our other patch. We have allowed some of our spinach and radishes go to seed and will be hopefully collecting those soon.


The Yellow Pear tomatoes have really grown and have plenty of more blossoms on them. No fruit showing yet though.


Our peas our growing nice and tall and the Laxton's Progress is flowering.

The garden sage is also flowering.





And all of our chamomile too! It is time for me to harvest it and I will definitely be making more of the oil that I did last year.

Sláinte!

Laurel

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Midsummer!


Life begins and ends with sunbeams in the forest
drops of light on bracken and moss
and the call of the stag in the distance.

~Anonymous

We wish all of our readers in the Northern half a Merry Midsummer! We hope you all have plenty of sunshine and the time to enjoy it. :)

Sláinte!

Aymi & Laurel

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Daisy Chain of Events

A lot has happened since I posted last. Aymi is visiting {yay!}, I went to testify at the pre trial, it looks as if both of my Grandparents might pass very soon, and the routine events of a quasi-homesteader. I am obviously very sad about my Grandparents, but they both have Alzheimer's and after being married for 67 years, it is perhaps suitable for them to pass around the same time. They have had a great life and they will be missed. I am lucky that I live near where they are and can visit regularly. The whole court thing has been very surreal and a weird mixture of pain and closure. He was there and doesn't seem the least bit remorseful. So that makes in easier it a way to go through with it. Aymi and I are going camping this weekend {just in time for Midsummer!}, which is supposed to also involve white water rafting {!!!}. I will do garden updates soon. I probably won't be posting before Midsummer, so I hope you all have a great one! :) For recipes you can check out the post I did last year and below is a video on how to make daisy chains to wear for the day. ;)

Slàinte!

Laurel

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pretty mystery plant



This is growing in with my Lady's Mantle, and the leaves look a lot like it, but the flowers are a pretty white with pink stripes. I have no idea what it is. Does anyone else know?

Sláinte!

Laurel

Luverly of the Week: Alexei Kondratiev

I was saddened to hear that the brilliant Alexei Kondratiev died of a heart attack last week. Alexei's writings have had a strong influence on neo-Pagan "Celtic" spirituality and Druidry. He is known for his book The Apple Branch , and for his contributions to Land, Sea & Sky.

Journey well, Alexei...you will be greatly missed!

Sláinte!

Laurel