Thursday, July 24, 2014

In the Woods

This morning I watched him,
carefree and wild,
running along the path.


Between the tall cedars,
reaching skyward,
casting shadows on the forest floor,
he laughed.


Moments of stillness,
for fairy houses,
flowers,
and frogs.


Onward again,
I meandered behind. 
I could feel time
slipping away,
as he moved further
into the woods.


He can't seem to stop,
moving,
or growing.
He is changing before 
my eyes.
Slow down little man,
wait for me.


These moments we share
in the woods,
are a balm for my soul.
My place of comfort
is here among the trees,
and I sense
the same is true
for him. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Around the Garden















Life is good in the garden right now. Things are growing very well, the bugs are under control, we are eating a wide variety of foods, and we did our first big harvest yesterday. We have been eating from the garden for quite some time, heading out to pick a little bit here and there for our meals, but yesterday was the first harvest to start putting food by for the winter.

Reece and I headed out to the garden after breakfast with the intention of picking green beans and kale. He quickly got side tracked by the snow peas, and sat munching on them while I harvested. Can I just say watching him sit by the garden eating snow pea after snow pea melted my heart.

With the harvest collected we headed into the kitchen to make something of all that food. First up was kale pesto. Reece loves working the food processor, and did a wonderful job. We jarred it up, and added it to our freezer stash. We then sauteed some kale with garlic, just enough to wilt it, then laid it out on a baking sheet, and put it in the freezer. I will bag it up tomorrow morning, and then use it throughout the winter in soups, sauces and stews. Reece's only request as I harvested kale was kale chips, so I put enough aside to do a batch of kale chips, which he enjoyed for his afternoon snack. The greens beans were canned into dilly green beans, and are now sitting on the pantry shelves, ready for the winter ahead (if we can wait that long).

Did you happen to see that tomato? A sun gold, just about reading for picking. It will be split three ways in a few days, as long as I can stop little hands from getting to it first. The calendula is out doing itself, and I am harvesting flowers everyday for salve making. The garlic looks like it is almost ready, a little earlier than last year. I might just pull a bulb up this week and see how it is doing. And so far the cucumber, zucchini, squash and pumpkin are growing wild and crazy, producing flowers, and the beginning of food to be enjoyed soon.

Everyday flowers are brought inside, and put around our home in little vases. Just a little bit of sunshine brought inside to make me smile.

How are things around your garden?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Morning, Noon and Night

Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into my day yesterday.

Morning, 7am

 Noon, 12:30pm

 Evening, 7:30pm

***If you would like to play along leave your link in the comments section so I can stop by and visit.***

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Weekend


As usual around here, the weekend started on Friday with a little fun in the kitchen making jam, black currant raspberry jam to be exact. And yes, it is delicious! The afternoon was spent in the yard, time in the garden for me, with my little man close by helping, or off playing in his playspace.

We hit the market Saturday morning, checking in with some of our favourite vendors, and then ran a few other errands before heading home. The afternoon was slow and quiet, hanging out in the backyard, and then moving inside once the rain started. We finished the evening with a family walk, in the rain, Reece running ahead trying to beat the raindrops.

I spent most of Sunday morning preparing for dinner guests, and the afternoon and evening were spent with our friends, celebrating Reece and his little friend, and the completion of their first year of homeschooling. 

How was your weekend?

Joining Karen

Saturday, July 19, 2014

29/52

"A photo of my little man, once a week, every week, in 2014"
 
Reece, we enjoyed a slow and easy week, doing things we enjoy, with people we like spending time with. On this day I grabbed a cup of tea, and we walked to the children's pond where I sat watching you. My mind floated back, thinking about the years that have passed. It is going fast little man, but I am soaking up each and every minute, enjoying the journey you are on. I am happy to go along for the ride, with your hand in mine, learning and growing together.

Joining Jodi for the 52 Project

Friday, July 18, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Life Lessons





There are many things Justin and I hope to pass on to Reece, in fact we have a very clean vision of the young man that will stand before us in the years to come based on the things we hope to pass on, and the life lessons we hope to share with him. We know, of course, that our vision may not be the actual end result, but by holding that vision it helps guide us in these early years. It helps us decide pretty easily the things we do, the places we go, the people we connect and share our lives with, and the way we choose to live.

One of the very important lessons we hope to share with Reece is about where our food comes from. We, as you know, grow a lot of our own food, so Reece knows that food does come from the backyard. But we also get food from other places. We visit the farmer's market regularly, offering Reece the opportunity to meet and get to know the people who grow some of the food we eat, and we also head out often throughout the summer season to pick berries and apples. We head to the same farms each year, farms that choose not to use chemicals, we chat with the farmers, who we get to know a little more each summer, and we share time together, picking the food that we will eat over the next few days, and also process to enjoy throughout the winter.

Reece knows the food we grow in the backyard starts as a little seed; a little seed that we plant, nurture, harvest, and then eat. He has, over the last few years, gained a very real understanding of the work that is required to grow the food on our plates. He has a deeper connection to the food he eats, he asks where foods come from and who grew it when they are served, and he shares his gratitude before each meal as we join hands to share a blessing.

Food is an important part of our lives, and by sharing with Reece the process of growing, and picking our food, he develops a deeper connection to the food he eats, to the farmer who grows it and in the end, to the earth he lives on.

Definitely a wonderful lesson I am happy to be passing on.