It’s been ages since my last post. In fact I’ve been most irregular posting this year. It’s far more fun getting out and living it all than writing about it I’m afraid. 😉
It’s tomato picking season. This is a day’s harvest.
Meet Tiny (as named by the kids).
Roast and soup futures in Lumina pumpkins.
Tiny and Don, named (along with their sibling, Shiny) after the 3 Pteranodon babies from the TV show, Dinosaur Train.
Spaghetti squash, roasted with a little water for steam then being teased into strands with a fork. Substitute anywhere you would normally use pasta. Yum!
My first crochet project, a waffle blanket. I’m stoked with how it’s come together. 😀
The link for the blanket pattern is here.
Mandy with her babies. Tiny in yellow, Shiny in black with a yellow bib and Don (not in the picture) in yellow and black.
Spuds! About half the harvest. I lost a good portion to green though but they will become next years seed potatoes, about to be sown out now under manure and lake weed to rot down over the winter.
Bottling pasta sauce. 24 x #14 jars (about 350ml each). Contains home-grown onions, garlic, tomatoes, zucchini and herbs. Delicious!
The finished product. Enough pasta sauce for 2 a month.
Arts and crafts using air drying clay and nature at the Woodend Sustainable Living Festival.
The night of severe storms that came through. Nearly lost power so instead of waiting for the big dark we lit candles and curled up together to fall asleep (Martin was away and Allegra and I kind of got a bit freaked out).
My painted Mountain Corn crop, drying to turn into cornmeal and next years seeds. We bought 3 large sacks of organic corn to blanch and freeze for kernels and cobs.
Drying runner beans.
I had a break out day and a cut and colour later I feel a new woman. Next time I hope to try henna and keep it natural. My hair has not liked the chemicals from commercial products. I’m still trying to get rid of the dye smell but it’s been so worth it!
My cupboard usually has up to 6 containers full of tomatoes, 3 of ripe fruits (Roma, Moneymaker and Cherry varieties) and then a bowl or basket of each still ripening. It’s a constant process of picking, sorting the ripe ones and bottling or eating them. Fun though.
Fermenting seeds to clear off the pulp before drying for planting in August or thereabouts.
We planted our hops vines mainly for their fast growing and hence quick shade growing properties but I couldn’t let the flowers go to waste so they were picked (well, the 1/2 I can reach) and dried before being gifted to Gavin
Despite having a Thermomix that makes short work of grinding, I wanted to have a hand-mill. The kids were most keen to grind so I started them on buckwheat, a very soft “grain”. They had a blast and ground me about 500g of both buckwheat and rice flours.
Yet more tomatoes.
And my first ever eggplant!
I totally forgot the tomatoes out the front! These are from both front and back gardens plus a pile of comfrey. I also picked plantain, parsley, thyme, sage and oregano for drying.
It’s been a strange season of twinned fruit. This is 1 tomato – 2 fruit on 1 stem.
I’m not even sure which variety this is. Possibly Potkin.
Working together! These pumpkins weigh 3-5 kilos each.
I wasn’t fast enough to pop this spaghetti squash out before it wedged itself in place. Not pretty but still tasty.
Supermodel with my Galeux d’Esiynes pumpkins. The largest is 9kgs! I have, to date, harvested 76.5kg of pumpkins and I still have the green ones and some butternuts and buttercups to go!
3 little helpers in the sunshine. Tonka trucks make great pumpkin transports.
More twinned fruit.
Earth hour 2015. A kerosene lamp (kerosene is a fossil fuel in case you didn’t know – I didn’t) which we burn rarely due to the toxic fumes.
And candles. It gives one a real appreciation for those who live without electric lights and who manage to do chores by candle or lamp light.
Sorry for the wordless updates. Life is ultra full on at the moment. 🙂