Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happenings around the farm

Crazy farm that is...


I thought I would give you a little update on the bat box since I know that you have been checkin in to see how it is going. There was a dove on the top of it the other night but to date no bats. I will keep you posted though.

I put up a birdhouse. I have a "thing" for birdhouses (waving to Annie although she doesn't read my blog because she thinks it is stupid)

Bird house

I pretended like a bird would build a nest in it like it did in my neighbors. So the other day I pointed my camera inside (because I saw twigs) and this is what I saw

Imaginary egg

If you blow up the picture you can see a little white thing at the end of the twig. *I* am pretending that this is an egg. It is too! I know that a bird will fly out of there sooner or later and I will have the last laugh.

I am knitting. I swear I am


It is from Knitty. I forgot what it is called but I am knitting it.


Oh, Esther says hi!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

They like me...they really LIKE me!

Picture 2

I submitted 5 photos to an online magazine called The Kitchen The pictures were of my backyard living space. I won a book and a t-shirt. Check out the photos at: My Great Outdoors

Oh, please do not mention to them that the last photo in the series that I sent was a picture of poison ivy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thanks Ted!

My cactus

One of the hardest parts of leaving my home in California (besides all the obvious things like my kids and family and friends) is that I had to give up a lot of my plants. I had a keffir lime tree that I had for years and that I cherished. I cooked with the leaf and knew that it wouldn't be able to come with me to this cold climate. I gave the lime tree to my brother and I am ashamed that I haven't asked about how it is doing. Part of me doesn't want to know.

There were other plants that I loved and had sentimental value to me. I entrusted these to my friend Ted. I knew that Ted would be totally trustworthy to take care of all that I gave him. I must admit that I haven't thought back about my plants since I moved here. I have dwelled more on my kids, family and friends and how heartsick I sometimes feel that they are not within driving distance. I also miss going out to dinner or having them over for dinner. So, the plants take back seat. But, I can not tell you how my heart sang when I opened up an email from Ted (who I haven't corresponded with since I moved here) and the picture above was in his email. I knew that he would have my back where my plants were concerned.

Thanks Ted!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Knitting boredom

So I decided to show some of the knitting I have been working on. I am bored to tears with all of it. I am considering really letting it go and taking up a new hobby. I swear. I think I have mastered it to a degree in which nothing is a challenge anymore. If you have something that you think would be challenging for me let me know.

I am working on a Koigu sweater for my mom. She loved it and *I* don't. Here are all the pieces sitting there and since the sun never comes out here in New England it is a crappy photo.


I must be into the 60's look because here is another multi color project that I have been working on. It is Barn Raising blanket.


And because I love my garden so much, here is another picture of it.


I planted strawberries in a Topsy Turvey to see what will happen


and last but not least my girl Esther


I have started a separate blog for cooking and food. It is called "Bite Me New England. Not sure if I will be able to keep two blogs going but my interest is more "Food!" than "Yarn!" these days.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Lamb and Bat boxes and jam...ohmy!

My bat box

This is my bat box. Our friend Jeff gave it to me at xmas time because I told him I always wanted one.

So one night we were sitting on our pals Cathy and Jeff's porch and just shootin the breeze.

Where the idea was hatched

Jeff came up with the idea of putting the bat box up on the light post across the street from the porch so we could watch for bats when we sat out there. Never thought it would happen but last night the plan was carried out.

A plan in action

What a guy. Can't tell you how excited I will be to see my first bat fly into that box.

Jeff hanging bat box

Busy weekend. We drove to Leyden Glen Farm. We met Kristin Nicholas and her wonderful husband Mark and adorable daughter Julia. We got to meet the sheep, chickens and new kittens.

We also left there happy as could be with our whole lamb (no, not alive) and a dozen fresh eggs.



Leyden Glen eggs

Our new freezer is finally starting to look like it belongs to us

Lamb home

On our way home from the farm we stopped for lunch at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant. THE most awesome gyro that I have EVER had. While we were there we picked up this locally handmade soda.

Local handmade soda

I also made some jam to go on this lamb we brought home. My neighbor Roxanne gave me Rhubarb from her garden so I made a recipe that I found at Gourmet online. It was Rhubarb Rosemary Jelly to be eaten on lamb.

Rosemary Rhubarb jam