Friday, November 27, 2015

'Tis A Gift...

After a small, but lovely, Thanksgiving meal with just the two of us at the table...prayers for our children and families...after dishes are cleared a pot of coffee making and outdoors in the fresh air to do the chores.

So many blessings, so much to be thankful for ~ including all of you my readers and far flung friends!

"Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
  'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

'Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
'Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of "me",
And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
Then we'll all live together with a love that is real...."

(A special hello to my friend Susan! )

Monday, August 31, 2015

August This Year

And so we come to the end of another month ~ August seemed to go by in a blur.  I don't have anything clever to write about but I do have a few pictures to share from the month gone by.  Some knitting, some spinning, a new sheep to the flock.  Market lambs are all sold and the pastures are quiet again, that's nice.  Hay is laying in the field, not being baled because of rain...that's not so nice and could become an issue.  Lots of green tomatoes on the vine, they need the sun and heat but I sure have been enjoying the cooler than normal temperatures - we even had a fire one night to knit by.

The phlox is beautiful again this year!

A new double daylily, this one bloomed a long time.

Nothing beats the old Royal Standard Hosta

A new planting, love the Stokes Aster
Any day now, these Cherokee Purple tomatoes will be ripe!

Another Simmer Dim shawl for a new Outlander reader

Knitting on the porch, sheep in pasture, Corriedale wool

Crazy new sheep "Maril" a black Finn and Edwina's chicken butt!

And there you have it, a snapshot of August!  What did your August look like?  I do know that going forward into September, with only a week until the new school year here in mid-Michigan (and our Colorado boys already back to class) it's a time I want to spend in prayer for our kids going back to school.  We need God's help and care more than ever, it seems, and I don't want to be a Granny who fails in that department!  I can't go to the classroom with them but I can send them surrounded with the armor of God!

Gonna miss my guys when they're back in school...I get pretty used to having them here with me every day.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Random Sheep

Hello!  How is everyone this summer?  We're doing well here at the farm, I think.  To much to say, not enough to say...I'm not sure which it is for this blog post but I thought I'd at least sit down and share some random sheep shots (photos) from my camera.  I hope you enjoy them...

From top to bottom, they are Hannah and her twins, ram and ewe.  We only had three white lambs born this year (I used a natural colored ram on everyone)  These two are stunning.  Second photo is our dear Ainsley (center of photo), oldest girl in the flock now, surrounded by yearlings.  Third photo shows how big the lambs are getting.  Only two months old in this picture!  Everyone has their heads buried in hay because I had to shut them out of pasture for a few days while we clipped weeds.  Lots of rain and lots of growth this year and with fewer sheep, they just aren't keeping ahead of it (a good problem to have actually!)  And lastly, I had to sleep in a fiber picture, didn't I?  Corriedale locks, washed and combed, and just a dream to spin!

As usual, these photographs show our flock of Corriedale sheep and their wool.  Be back soon with some finished knitting projects and hopefully more lamb pics!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Nearing the Edge

So very excited (and sad) to be nearing the finish of "Mo Nighean Donn", my half-hap shawl.

Pattern:  Half Hansel by Gudrun Johnson
Inspiration:  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Yarn:  Serenity Farms Corriedale (our farm yarn)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Delicious Success!

Caramel-Sea Salt Macaron
I owe many thanks to Angela at Parisienne Farmgirl for my newly discovered delicious obsession ~ French Macarons!  Her tutorial is delightful, helpful, fun and inspiring and my first attempts at these delicate treats was a success*.  You would not believe how quickly my family devoured them and were begging for more (I couldn't believe it myself, one minute I had a tray full of cookies, the next only crumbs)!  I must oblige, mustn't I?  

If somehow you've never visited the Parisienne Farmgirl's family farm blog, you really should right now...And if you want to lose yourself in the love of a decadent little treat, take her tutorial on how to make the cookies (its worth it just to watch her adorable children gobbling them up at the end, LOL!)  You can find it at the link above. 

*I will say that my cookies spread a bit and so were a little larger than the bite size I intended.  It was a humid day when I made these and I think I should have whipped the egg whites just a little longer.  Angela has included troubleshooting tips in the video, very helpful.