Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday but not Wordless

This past week has been busy!

 As well as my "normal" job, I've been sketching and swatching for some new patterns...all the while waiting, in eager anticipation, to find out if my first magazine submission will be accepted.  I managed to finish a book, "The Forest House" by Marion Zimmer Bradley, which I wasn't enjoying at first but then at around chapter 3, started enjoying it very much and felt deprived whenever I had to put it down.  Spent some time fixing the bathroom ceiling which needed a few minor repairs after using the wrong paint.  Helped Mr. Homesteader put in a new back door.  Lets see, what else...

Oh ya....been working on some secret knitting....

Enjoyed some home made luncheon meat....

Spend quality time with Dave....

And had a sad moment yesterday when I found this beautiful skunk that had died from what looks like getting stuck in some garden equipment and gave her/him a proper burial.  I had never been this close to one before, such a beautiful creature.

Hope you all are having a great week!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Remember that CSA I told you know that Island meat farmer that was selling CSA shares for his pasture fed meats....over here...well I went on his site today to buy a Pork Box share and much to both my horror and happiness, his shares were sold out!  I am so happy for him and so disappointed for me:(

One of these days I will learn my lesson about procrastination.

Almost Wordless Wednesday

.....almost time.....sigh.....

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Right Thing To Do

Oh wow!  I found something really terrific while reading another Island blog that I enjoy very much.  It's about a local (to me) organic farmer who raises pasture feed meat and has a CSA!!!  I am so excited, I hadn't heard of him before but I will be buying shares in the next couple of weeks.  For those of you who don't know, CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture.  This is a way of buying shares of a local farmer's crop and having your "share" delivered (or available for pick up) at harvest time.  I know there are fruit CSAs as well as vegetable and different meats.  I couldn't be happier to have found him.  This really fits in to what we are trying to change in our lives, to live more sustainably and be more aware of how humanely the animals we eat from have been raised.  If you live on PEI and want to check this out, or, if you do not live near by and still wish to donate to an excellent cause, please visit him here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Simple Way....

I live in a small rural community where life runs at a different pace.  Time is told here by the seasons more than by one's watch and the people (although using modern practices) still tie themselves to the land.  I recently watched the documentary series Edwardian Farm where they used the term "one foot on the land, one foot in the sea" referring to the old way of life in Coastal Devon where you made a living by working both in farming and in fishing.  Life is very much like that here in my community, in the early spring there's herring fishing, then potatoes to plant, then lobster to fish (spring season), then potatoes to grow, fall lobster season, the potato harvest.  Not to mention everything else in between like scallops to fish, grain to sew, mussels to fish, hay to make, grain to cut....I know I'm missing all sorts of land and sea crops, but you get my meaning.  I love feeling this rhythm while watching the seasons change and I certainly feel a part of it.  As well as knitting from yarns produced from my local mill, I am also an avid food preserver.  I "put up" all kinds of local delights by pressure canning, freezing, drying, pickling and by doing so, I feel tied to the land/sea also.  A few days ago, one of my neighbors drove by with this on the back of his truck.... lobster traps, fresh from the workshop made in time for the season.  I believe this says 'Spring has arrived' every bit as much as my calender.