Monday, August 10, 2015
We had no big plans for the weekend, and settled in for a few slow and simple days. We began with a trip to the market on Saturday morning. It's peach season around here, and we stocked up with both peaches and nectarines, to eat fresh and to freeze. We visited with a few friends at the market, and then headed over to a lovely vegan restaurant for lunch.
We spent the afternoon at home, Justin and Reece creating something in the workshop, and me in the kitchen. Cucumbers were set to lacto ferment, beets and beans were pickled, and peaches and nectarines washed, sliced and added to the freezer. Slowly the pantry shelves and freezer are filling up, and it feels good, really good, to put by the food we grow and harvest for the winter season ahead.
By the time Reece was tucked into bed Saturday night, both Justin and I were beat. He settled in to watch a movie on Netflix, and I sat reading close by.
Sunday morning I was up early to prepare a few meals for a friend, and once they were delivered, I headed back home where we welcomed my parents for a cup of tea and a visit. Once they headed home, lunch was enjoyed and then I spent the afternoon in the garden seeding the fall/winter garden while Justin and Reece headed out back to the pond with Shelby, our dog, to play in the water, and catch frogs. Bush beans, Swiss chard, kale, beets, carrots, and lettuce were seeded, and hopefully today or tomorrow my spinach seeds will arrive and I will get those in the ground. I also seeded a cover crop of buckwheat in two beds, and then spent a bit of time building up our new hugelkultur bed.
We sat around Sunday night after dinner, enjoying a beautiful summer night, lingering just a little longer before bath time. Once Reece was in bed, Justin and I did a little Sunday night soap making. Working with lye was a huge edge for me, but I am now feeling very confident working with it, and am having fun experimenting with different soaps.
Once the soap was done, I enjoyed a cup of tea, read a few chapters, and then settled into bed for the night. The week ahead is slow and easy, a few friends visiting here and there, swimming lessons, blueberry picking and haircuts. The evenings are completely open and will be filled with dinners on the back deck, outdoor fires, knitting, and reading. Slow and easy, it's how we are moving through these August days, and it feels just right.
How was your weekend?