Women and the Land

I’ve been thinking lately,  and one idea I have dwelt on quite a bit is the connection between women and the land.  Not long ago (and in some places even now)  women were seen merely as property, a form of wealth and resources.  We generally like to think those days are in the past.  All…

Blooming

Since the first frost that killed the last of the summer zinnias,  there have been no flowers in my garden. In the fall I seeded snap dragons, chrysanthemums, linaria, and poppies. They have grown slowly between the hard frosts, at least bringing the green of plant life to the empty flower beds, but no flowers, …

February Yarn Along

This project has been driving me crazy, especially since I’ve knitted the beginning of it 4 times,  and it still doesn’t look anything like the sweater in the picture. (Yes,  the extra-large mug of chamomile tea was necessary for the nerve calming properties). I knitted on it all through the cold weather,  during hours in the…

Garden Love

I love my winter garden right now. It is a place of brilliant color,  where all the cares of the world fall away in the midst of the rows of singing green. These plants know me,  they have known me since the whole of their being rattled around in my palm as I sowed seeds…

January Chicken Pot-au-feu

The chickens are on my list lately.  Not only have the bold,  bad things been making raids on the kitchen, strewing the contents of the piggie bucket all over the place and devouring the cat kibbles,  but they have also been getting into the garden.  When I see them,  plump and nonplussed with bulging crops,…

Roasted Radishes, 3 Different Ways

I guess it’s cold when you turn the tap on in the morning,  and you get a cup of ice, and that’s only after it’s had some time to thaw.   In some ways it’s hardship out here in the cold, but at the same time i feel much stronger and healthier than when we lived…

Return Of The Light Grain-free Lemon Cake

It’s been unusually cold lately, cold enough to snow although we weren’t so lucky.   Hard frosts for several days in a row left  everything sparkling with minute crystals in the early mornings,  the ground hard frozen, and we marveled at the layers of ice on the water troughs that had to be broken through.  The…

January Yarn Along

The very cold weather and hard frosts of January are upon us,  completely taking everyone by surprise, as usual.  The weather changes very quickly here. New Year’s Eve was almost warm.  It wasn’t  until we were sitting around a New Year’s fire that night that the first gust of cold wind blew down from far…

Thrifty Leftover Turkey Pie With Garden Vegetables

Cold weather and busy days. There’s so much I’d like to get done before the new year,  but the short days run by so quickly,  and I’m left wondering to myself how it’s so easy to stay up so late knitting by the fire when the nights are so long.  There are lettuce and collard…

Holiday Madness

Everyone always tries to do too much for the holidays. Our version of that this year was an apparent fit of madness in which we decided to take advantage of the cool weather and slaughter a giganormous pig just before Christmas. Bee was actually our first Gloucester old spot to have piglets on the farm….

The Longest Night 2017

Today marks exactly a year since we left our house in town to live in the middle of nowhere with our garden and animals.   I love the long,  dark nights of winter,  when you can wake up in the middle of the night and feel the quiet emptiness around you, and the soft breath of…