We had our annual trip to Garry & Bly’s last week to pick their Spartan apple tree. We do this every year in exchange for starts in the spring. The kids love it. Even though Garry and Bly live just down the road we don’t get down to their place much. We spend about half the time picking apples and the other half visiting, wandering through their garden, trying grapes and cherry tomatoes, checking out their beautiful fish and generally having a lovely time. We’re so grateful for that tree and all the apples it grows!
We have had unusually hot, dry weather for the last few months. So we were all in a bit of shock when, on the day we chose for our annual summer solstice celebration and campout, it rained. We still managed to have lots of fun, silly times. Here are a few shots of our games – relay racing and a blindfolded animal game. The relay was very involved – hula hooping, potato sack, nail driving, chair weaving, skipping.
Skipping (with joy!)
The hula hoop
Potato sack exhaustion
Are you the one I’m looking for?
Together at last!
A few weeks ago I (Liz) was sitting around with some of the kids when Alex (who is 7) asked me if I could draw a blue whale. With pastels and paper right in front of me I could hardly refuse. So I drew my whale (he let me know when I missed fins and flippers) and then off he went and he has been drawing whales ever since – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL whales I have ever seen.
here are some of the first ones…
… and then the scenes and the whales evolved with big open mouths, baleen and the ocean…
… then the orcas appeared…
And there has been even more created since I’ve written this. Here’s Alex at work in his “studio”….
We have been the lucky host of a Spring Break CAMP! The program has been run by Amy Caesar, a registered school teacher who is passionate about teaching. Her goal with this program was to build foundational skills through play and exploration. Many of the farm kids have attended the program and others who did not attend simply enjoyed playing with the group at lunch time!
Some play a group game while one plays with numbers.
They have been lucky to have sunny days for outside lunchtime and play. Amy has organized many group outdoor games.
A fine display of the art created.
When next week goes back to normal I think we will miss this sweet little March Break camp!
Many thanks to Amy for your love of this work 🙂
It was with great pleasure that the sun and autumn warmth joined us this Thanksgiving. We love to celebrate the earth and all the bounty outside as much as possible and the warmth allowed us to do so. We set up a long harvest table and decorated it with only beautiful found items on a morning walk around the farm. It is easy to do this in the fall with all the coloured leaves, apples, pears and quinces, rosehips, fall flowers and vegetables.
kids creating beauty
We create a gratitude table as a community for Thanksgiving. We all bring something that we are deeply thankful for and then take turns standing up and expressing the significance to the group. Because we have been doing this gratitude table for many years now the sharing is getting richer , deeper and more authentic.
8 yr old Addie made this willow weaving and he was grateful for patience, time and our ability to create.
Entering vegetables in a small town fall fair feels like it links us to the farming community of the past and the present. Admittedly it is a bit silly to try and find 6 tomatoes that are identical in shape colour and size or 8 carrots that are between 4-6 inches with matching tapers when we believe vegetables are better when they are not ‘perfect’. That aspect aside it is fun to spend the morning before the fair choosing the best specimens and taking the time to marvel over the treasures that come out of the garden.
remembering what we entered and gathering the best of the best…
our green peppers won 1st!
then of course there are the zucchini racers. This one stayed together the whole way down!
and a few rides are always part of the fair!
We have been having fun preparing for Easter this year. Every year we get together and share wonderful food, an egg hunt, a treasure hunt and rejoice in the spring energy surrounding us. It is a creative time for us on the farm.
Here are the boys blowing eggs. They were surprisingly good at it and so we have many beautiful blown eggs this year.
The eggs were dyed using all natural dyes made from vegetables and spices. Because they were hollow I had to figure out a way to keep them submerged and the french press was the best tool! With the bigger french presses you can fit up to 4 eggs. Before I discovered this method I was balancing bowls and other weights in precarious positions- not so good. You can see I wrapped the eggs in pantyhose to hold on the leaves on to make designs and it works well.
Here are some of the outcomes. The blue ones are red cabbage, the brown is onion skins, the dark one a combination of the two and the greenish one is naturally that colour!
Here are some daffodil girls that will join us! Cute and easy to make.