The garden. Oh my goodness, the garden is so full of color right now - color and volume and oh so many things needing to come in and be properly taken care of before Mr. Frost makes an appearance (I've been lucky so far). This weekend, I think, that will be the big push from garden to kitchen!
We've had - for the first time since Greta joined us three years ago - some loss (birds) due to a fox. That sneaky fox is coming in the broad daylight, when they know that Greta is napping and catching up from her night shift of guarding the livestock. Smart Greta knows this is going on, though, and has taken to only sorta-kinda-sleeping in small stretches. Yup, she's working doubles until that fox gets the idea! We're loving her up and spoiling her with gratitude, of course.
This is a serious case of "If I build it, can they come?" on the part of my children. They, being bunnies. Inspired by new bunnies at a friend's house, they're convinced that's what this farm is missing. Papa is not convinced. I'm still deciding how I feel about that. But they're going ahead with building plans and are rather optimistic. At least there is team work happening!
But maybe an Angora bunny could be a compromise I could live with?
I've been enjoying both of these cookbooks in recent days, as I begin to replace some of our favorites with gluten-free options. I haven't done a lot of flour substitutions or baking yet, though I know winter will bring that urge. Any cookbook recommendations for me in the Paleo/Gluten-Free vein? I'm all ears!
Late to the party, I'm also really loving Beatrice's website, La Tartine Gourmande. So much goodness there!
I was remarkably restrained at the fair in my fiber purchases. But I couldn't leave without something from Hope Spinnery, the wind-powered fiber studio that uses all natural dyes. I LOVE the colors that are created there, and this purple duo managed to come home with me. Not sure what it will be yet, but I'm excited to cast on for whatever it may be soon.
I'm knitting. Like, a lot. Like, it's all I really want to do even though I don't really have a whole lot of moments this month to knit. But I'm feeling it - that pull in, that desire to sit down by a warm fire and knit for hours! You too?
This kid has a ballet show this weekend. He'll be Prince Ivan in the Firebird and I can't wait to see it. How do they become young men so quickly, right before our eyes?
Last night, I found him like this, sitting on the kitchen table putting off the dinner dishes. "I like that one," I remarked after listening for a minute. "Who's that by?" not recognizing the song. "Oh, that's one of mine," he casually informed me.
Is being a Mama not the best job in the world? So grateful I am.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead!