September passing by

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It’s golden in the tree tops

It’s golden in the sky

It’s golden golden golden

September passing by

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It’s that intensely sweet but short space in the year where our world is colored in  reds and golden yellows and oranges, and warm sweaters rule the day, and morning fires in the hearth linger on throughout the day.  Warm soups and bread for dinner, layers of quilts on the beds at night.  It’s that brief time before the cold turns bitter and harsh, before the trees are bare and somber, before sweaters alone are not enough. 

The peas are doing tremendously well.  The raspberries have only started declining in production this week.  We have been picking apples from our trees for several weeks now…they are small, but tasty.  The pigs only have about another month now before they are off.  The turkeys have about 6 more weeks.  We have been processing meat birds sporadically over the past several weeks; there are only 21 left to be processed and put in the freezer. 

My husband is taking a two-day coopering class at Old Sturbridge Village this weekend.  What fun!  I am so excited for him! 

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Yarn along

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This morning I finished up a pair of Christmas socks, and this afternoon I casted on for another pair (of Christmas) socks.  I am plowing through the Christmas list so well that I’m adding people to the list to be gifted with woolens! This is dangerous, and frankly unwise, but it’s what happens when you over estimate your ability verses the calender. I’ll be cursing myself come November.

I’ve been meandering, literally, over the past three weeks, through this… Susan Branch’s long awaited new book, A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside .  I like to sit down with it and a cup of tea, and savor the few quiet moments.  I adore Susan Branch always, but this particular book of hers is incredibly enchanting. Part scrap book, part diary, it’s the recording of her and her husband’s month long sojourn to and through merry old England.  It’s a book that just makes you feel happy!  (As does everything by Susan Branch!)  

Joining in with Ginny today.

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Weekend

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This weekdend was drizzly and quiet.  I cut lots of brush down and got pretty far on a pair of Christmas socks.  We got one of last year’s lambs as comfortable as we could in the truck bed, said our goodbyes and thank you’s, and did the hard part of this job – sending him off to the processor.  On the way home, my husband rescued a turtle in the middle of the road that had nearly been hit. 

I’m glad to see the night temperatures will be falling this week, and the daytime highs too.  The calender turns, and the temperatures turn with it.  Although I can’t complain – most of August was gorgeous, felt more like early fall.  What a funny summer we”ve had – July was suffocating, and August was like autumn.  My children have been dressing up in snow gear and running around the house pretending it’s snowing.  They keep asking to go ice skating. 

Our school year begins on Tuesday!

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In which I photo bomb a post to catch up on the month

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I feel the urgency to catch up on this, well, sort of passed-over month re: pics.  So.  Watch out for the following visual explosion.

It’s funny because, July is historically our super crazy month of the summer, and August has always been such a lull.  But this year the opposite was true.

I finished Sophia’s sweater and Lily’s sweater this month.  Both of these were spun-as-we-go jobs, all our own Icelandic sheep’s wool.  These were fun projects, Sophia’s incorporates the wool of Annie, Mira and Sundance, and Lily’s is all from Millie.  Grace has four sweaters that currently fit her, so at some point I plan to knit her a new one, but it’s not at the top of my priority list because Christmas knitting season has begun, and I’ve got to stay focused or I’ll be swimming in misery come Thanksgiving time.  Right now I’m doing pretty darn well, so we’ll see, maybe this will be the year I’ll have all my Christmas projects wrapped by up December 15th.  It’s good to have a goal anyway, right?

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These girls are currently getting over a summer bug, and I know it’s time to begin daily administrations of elderberry syrup again.  That did us so well all last fall and winter – we were hardly sick at all!  And no colds all season.  Must get back into the habit.

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Our pumpkins are doing so well – both varieties.  We have sugar pumpkins for pies (the small, still-green ones) and huge jack o’ lantern carving types too.  The other day we picked tons of Concord grapes for jam, and lots of goldenrod for wool dyeing.

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It’s hard to believe, but just another few weeks and the water will be too cold to venture in anymore.  Only fall fishing left at the lake at that point.

It’s been a good summer.

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At August’s end

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This month has been so, so full.  So many times I have wanted to turn to this space to update what has been happening, but time slipped away.  My brother moved up here during the first half of the month and is staying with us for a little while whilst he gets settled. The garden has grown and ripened and matured; I have so many large pumpkins and butternut squash, peas and lettuce coming up well, beans ripening.  I am preparing to plant for the winter market in a couple weeks. 

The kids have continued to grow and change.  I can see Sophia especially maturing in a new way.  She is beginning to have a new awareness about her.  It is exciting to watch.  Today she asked to go to a science camp next summer, because, as she says, she’d like to learn about animals and the world and maybe be a scientist herself one day.  It is good to see her new awareness of the world dawn naturally upon her. 

We will begin school in one more week, in the first week of September. It has been a good break, but now we are ready to go back to formal learning. 

Next week we take one of the sheep in to be processed.  We will be bringing to the farmers market (in addition to vegetables) pork and lamb.  We will advertise for chicken and turkey, which will be sold back on the farm. 

And autumn is gathering at the doorstep, it feels like.  Such goodness and relief in that fact. 

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My “little” brother helping with the wood chopping.

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This is how summer in New England is supposed to feel!

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Now that the horrid humidity has gone back to wherever it belongs, I have been super productive on the farm.  I’ve been moving fences, planting second-harvest pumpkins, helping my hubby to check/worm the sheep.  We’ve all been checking in on the meat birds and turkeys (sorry for the blurry turkey pic, they won’t stand still to pose!).  I’ve been prepping the greenhouse for fall/winter growing, and working on the small garden.  In there will go the family’s fall garden…peas, lettuce, kale, spinach, swiss chard, carrots-onions-garlic (those last three will winter over).

We are getting our applications ready to join several local Winter’s Farmers Markets.  I got one of the sleeves on Sophia’s lopi sweater attached to the body, need to get the second sleeve done and attached and then begins the color work.  I’ve been gathering lavender by the arm full and drying it out in the house.  We can’t wait to cook with it.  Susan Branch has a recipe for lavender polenta cake which the girls and I are all super anxious to try.

We went to a hang-out with our new homeschool group.  We’ve been picking blueberries like mad.  And I’ve been enjoying baking blueberry-zucchini bread, which I love having for breakfast in the morning with a fresh egg and coffee, and which the kids never need an excuse to eat.  Bliss!

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