I'm scared to say it for fear of jinxing it, but the apples are looking good this year so far. 1,000 trees, 40 heritage varieties and 260 black crates and a cool room ready to be filled. In the meantime we have baskets and bowls of tiny, not quite ripe apples on the kitchen table. Thinnings and wind falls. What to do with them, what to do with them?
Ours are just starting to ripen and for the first season ever I'm not sure what to do about it. It seems like a waste to leave certified organic fruit on the bushes but seriously, I have frozen berries in the freezer from last year and shelves full of jam from the years before that. I'm thinking a few bottles of this cordial and this cake but after that I'm stuck. Any ideas?
My farmer boy and I have been talking about a cleanse. Our first ever. Neither of us feels like we are running on full potential and a bit more energy would and could be grand.
But which fast/cleanse is a good fast/cleanse? And would I really have to give up coffee? And could I cope with being hungry? And would the sweetness of the vegetable juices make me gag? And could I cook food for my girlies if I wasn't actually eating food myself? And how long would all this cleansing have to go on for to really make a difference? Could I do it? Should I do it?
My three school girls and my farmer boy
Always, always, always, always.
A bio for my book
100 words about me that will help potential buyers of my book get to know me quickly. Oh my goodness, this self promotion bit feels almost harder than writing the book itself. What do I say other than mother of three, wifey to one, maker of stuff, grower of food...? Help!
So much to crochet - so little summer time.
In about a month and a half we are going overseas on an excellent adventure and all I can think about is what I'll knit while we're away. The very thought of being projectless stresses me, even now, but so does the thought of carrying too much craft stuff around. So I think I've narrowed it down to a cardigan for one of the girls. Now to hit Ravelry and work out which one.
Miss Pepper found a dead fox. Miss Pepper wanted to keep the dead fox as a pet. Miss Pepper did not understand that we would not let her keep the dead fox as a pet. There were tears. Lots of them. Farm kids eh?!?
We're behind already. We need to order seeds and plants seeds. It feels strange to be sorting out winter before the tomatoes have really ripened but broccoli is the reason for the winter season.
A very wise friend of mine told me that after her youngest child started school she took the year off. She read books and took walks and made stuff and watched stuff on TV. She did not rush to find things to do to fill in her days. She took time. I think that sounds wonderful, don't you.
And that's about it from me for now.
I hope you are having the most marvellous week so far.
And thank you! For reading my random ramblings, for leaving me gorgeous comments and messages and for travelling along beside me. I hope your world is a happy one right now.