I am so pleased to have my gardens featured over on Amanda Soule’s blog today! It is a real honour to be included in her series of gardeners around the world. You can take a peek here at Soulemama’s blog.
- My youngest lost his first tooth yesterday (he is trying to show the gap in his mouth but it turns out he is sort of grimacing…funny guy). He went from wide open smiles of joy at the prospect of being considered a “big” boy, to overwhelming tears of sadness that his wee little tooth no longer belonged in his mouth. I won’t mention the panic that ensued when he worried the tooth fairy might forget ~ again! Ahhhh, growing pains happen in all forms, especially for the tender-hearted.
2. This set of twins will be the lambs who stay with us at Gladsheim Farm. Samson and Delilah are true fibre sheep with an amazing cross of Rambouillet Merino, Romney, and Cotswold genes. Already both have a lustrous, silvery crimp of fibre, at least an inch long. Besides, separating them would be so hard as they are very well bonded. We are in the midst of selling the other three lambs, all ram lambs. Such is life on the farm ~ a bittersweet mixture of hellos and goodbyes.
3. Bouquet season is in full bloom. I do so love late June and early July in the gardens…it all seems so effortless at this stage. While I know there will soon be more responsibilities and tasks to tend to, for now…it is fragrant and colourful and magical.
4. Our favourite summer breakfast is homemade granola on our own goat yogurt with berries. Because we eat low carb, we don’t use oats in our granola. Instead, we use toasted coconut flakes and lots of seeds and nuts. A little flavoured stevia to sweeten things up and held together with egg whites. After an hour in a low oven, the granola is ready to eat. Delicious!
5. Together, these two will play such sweet doll games…Sunshine with her babies and horses, Huckley with his foxes and puppies. Hours of “doll play”, as they call it. I love this gentler side to their games…most often when it is just two of them. While it may not last, these little snapshots remind me of just how sweet and tender they are with each other.
6. Pigs are really rather delightful creatures. Inquisitive, clever, tidy (don’t let the mud splotches fool you), and entertaining. And those snouts!!!! They are working hard turning our rough land into future good grazing for the sheep.
7. I made my kids some pillows for our road trip a few weeks ago. They loved them so much and requested I make three more for our friends we visited on the coast. Made of super soft cotton flannel, they add a little soft comfort for a car ride or a camping trip. I then decided to make a few more pillowcases for the Mama Collaborative shop.
Photo credit thanks to my husband, but the dubious look on my face makes me think he was trying to crack a joke while taking the photo.
8. I needed some new clothes so the first thing on my list was my favourite kind of top…a linen tunic. I traced an old (tattered) tunic from my wardrobe and added a little floral bias to the edges. I could live in tops like these…and I have another one cut out and ready to sew made from an Indian print tablecloth. I like the idea of a handmade wardrobe, and make most of my own clothes, but for several years I have usually taken any free moments of sewing time to make things for my kids. However, I have had very little to wear that wasn’t torn, tattered or dirty so my wardrobe needs got bumped to the top of the list. Sometimes an executive decision is necessary. Next up are a few skirts and peasant blouses.
9. Oh, I do so love that delicate time in late afternoon when the light’s intensity melts into a soft golden caress. Everything seems quieter, more hushed…a gentle breathing in time of day that I treasure.
10. I am pleased to announce that my shop, Wool Maiden Handcrafted Fibre and Yarn is now open on Etsy. I have small batches of skeins for sale that I have hand-dyed. Most of my own homespun wool takes so long to make, it is not worthwhile to sell, although every now and then there will be a skein or two in the shop. For now, I purchase luxury yarn and dye it in colourways that remind me of our life here on the farm. In the winter, my own homegrown wool will be back from the mill and I will sell the Farm Fresh Fibre dyed naturally with plants and mushrooms, many grown right here on our farm…stay tuned!
In the meantime, I’d like to celebrate the opening of Wool Maiden Handcrafted Fibre and Yarn with a give-away…One skein of 100% Superwash Merino wool, 268 yards in “Snow Melt” colourway.
To enter, simply leave a comment below. Comments will close by 9 am PST on Sunday. The winner will be chosen and announced in this post shortly after.
And the winner is Ruth from Florida : “Hello. I am here after visiting your garden at Soulemama’s blog. Beautiful! I live in Florida and homeschool my 6 children. (Well, 4 since 2 have graduated!) I do not knit, but I do crochet when I find the time. Your yarn is beautiful. I have always wondered about having sheep here in South Florida, but I do believe it is too hot. Our growing season is opposite of yours. I hope to start a garden in the fall! Take care!” Ruth, I will be in touch shortly so I can send off your yarn!
*Thank you to everyone who entered…I will have another give-away of yarn in early September, so stay tuned!
Wool Maiden may also be found on Instagram, on Facebook, and at the Wool Maiden website here. I started a Pinterest page, too, that encompasses all things wooly under the sun!