Tuesday, June 21, 2011
So much to do! This fall I will be attending a week long art workshop at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in Greenville NY. I am enrolled in a painted fabric workshop and my trusty Bernina sewing maching is going with me. So, she needed a new dress, right? Yeah, her yellowed plastic case has been all jazzed up! How sweet is that? I will be blogging the workshop experience as it happens including photographs. But, you will have to wait until November!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Recently Roy and I hosted a pasta dinner party to share a meal with my sister Christine who was visiting from Florida. Here you will see three of the sisters and my Mother, enjoying wine and marvelling at the table of pasta we just made.
Christine and Mother discussing the finer points of something.
Roy chatting with sister Suzanne and our friend Tammy. Check out that lovely table of pasta drying. We cooked it and had a fabulous vegetable sauce with it. In addition, a loaf of homemade bread and salad. For dessert we had tiny chocolate cups filled with a chocolate mousse and topped with fresh blackberries and red raspberries. It was perfect!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Or, where everyone goes to buy chickens: We are in the process of accumulating information so we can be informed "chicken people". We would like to have chickens to provide us with fresh eggs. We are not interested in raising chickens. So, we visited Indian Run Farm, the local place for all things fowl. Here you can see a brand new (born that day) baby goose. How cute is that!? In this photograph the farm owners were trying to distract the mother of that new baby so they could take it in the barn for safety. If left outside, it would be in danger from predators, particularly owls. The mother was not happy. She still had nine more eggs soon to hatch. You can see her nest here on the ground.
There were several peacocks, this one sunning himself with no concern for all of us wandering around.
There were several roosters showing off.
This is the fenced in area containing the Emu. Can I just mention here that they have deceptively long necks and love to nip at your arms and shoulders?! They do have the most quizzical look.
Here you can see some of the guinea hens. They have beautiful gray spotted feathers!
I think this is a rooster of the Americana breed. This is the breed of chicken we have decided to have. They produce eggs of several hues of blue and green. We shall see!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I have been missing from the blog and I do apologize, but we have been very busy! Here is a photo journey of one of several large projects I have been working on. After almost taking out the corner of the garage, Fed Ex did deliver three very large and heavy boxes. The boxes are resting in the cart of Roy's riding mower and they are on their way down the driveway to the front yard.
We spent a long time opening all of the boxes and laying out the parts of this mystery project! Can you believe all of the screws?
Here are some more parts. have you guessed what the final configuration is yet?
OK, this is a big clue. It took many hours to construct a very level and square base for the project. It measures 8 ft X 12 ft.
Of course, by now you know, we are putting together a greenhouse!
Roy, who is 6 ft 6 inches, has no trouble standing up in the middle.
And here it is! So several days later, and 628 pieces with an assembly booklet of 56 pages, it is complete. Actually, it was not difficult, as long you "FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS PRECISELY."
Right now we have 4 tomato plants (of three different kinds), a yellow squash, two sweet pepper plants, two different basil plants, a pot planted with Kentucky beans, a lot of onions, some spinach, and two pots of heat-loving flowers to attract those necessary pollinator insects! We have more to plant but need more pots. Since we have never done any gardening or greenhouse growing, this will be a year of learning and discovering what does and does not work. I will post additional photographs later in the year to show progress (we hope!). Go plant something!