small garden project

garden,seasons | Sunday, July 21st, 2013

growing what we can and learning along the way. i super scored a whole bunch of pots curbside so i could extend the garden space and keep all those extra squash that sprouted;garden start of JulyNo Captionbee watching

haha. yes i did just take (and post) a shot of me posing my sunsquash but seriously! it’s soooo cute and growing every day;

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cukes were an unexpected surprise. i thought they were going to be squash too;

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a 2nd flowering growing up to be next year’s pea seeds; 

second round of peas

looking forward to a stalk of brussel sprouts come Thanksgiving;

so excited for a stalk of brussel sprouts come Thanksgiving

so i just learned that borage is related to comfrey and the leaves are nutrient rich for compost. i’ve been tucking some leaves into my potted raspberry stalks.

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5 hanging pots of ever bearing berries. these have been a treat to wake up to;

every day some ripe berries

a morning harvest in earl July of 6 blueberries, 11 strawberries, 3 squash flowers and edible borage flowers;

morning harvest; 6 blueberries, 11 strawberries, 3 squash flowers and edible borage flowers.

this mornings harvest of 5 peas, 10 strawberries, 1 cherry tomato, beet kale and romaine greens for smoothie and a sprig of field mint for cocktail hour;

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anyone else working on a small garden project?

patterns and patience

artful projects,learning all the time,parenting | Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Well his patience exceeds mine today that is for sure!! I admit I was really really hesitant when my 9 year old picked out this bead loom with his birthday gift certificate. The recommended age on the box is 8+ but I have clear memories of beading on an identical loom that my mom gave to me in my early teens. I was so immersed in it that i spent some lunch hours beading in the hallways of school and I recall that it was intricate work. I can be a patient person for such tedious projects and thoroughly enjoy it. I think people often thought of and perhaps still do think of me as a patient person but i feel far from it these days and especially this morning with both boys demanding my undivided attention. In my opinion it was not feeling like the right morning to learn and teach how to bead on a loom and yet “no” didn’t seem to be an answer well received and so even though i said “after my coffee” i began setting up the loom while sipping on my coffee…sigh. Anyhow, he’s rocking the bead loom with all of it’s tedium and intricacies. Volatile as 9 years old can be, especially concerning me and his brother, he holds ample patience for such craft. Ummm i hope he feels inspired to make one of these for me;

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berries

delicious,farmers,seasons | Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

we went for strawberries and came home with blueberries! and raspberries and blackberries! good times in the field;No CaptionNo CaptionNo CaptionNo CaptionNo CaptionNo CaptionNo CaptionNo CaptionNo CaptionNo Caption

nine

celebrations,waldorf learning and living | Monday, July 8th, 2013

Life is fast, precious, challenging, amazing…most of these kids i’ve known since they were in preschool and they are all uniquely awesome. There are moments when i catch a glimpse of who they really are growing up to be and at the same time i’m holding fast to that very moment of who they are. Likewise they are experiencing the great nine year change. It’s an honor really. Here’s to “holding the space” for our nine year olds and as parents to not take the shifting too personally.

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June 2013

brothers,day to day,monthly | Monday, July 1st, 2013

There was some song and dance but finally, at June’s end, Summer is truly here in blazing heat wave. School’s out, papa had his day and birthday, our block hosted a party, children had their festival, we’ve made our first of several summer adventures, the garden is growing, meals are eaten outside, lupines have come and seeded, salmon berry trails explored, waters tested… bring on July. 

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