I am here.
My internet connection, while not lightning speed, is better.
What the heck have I been up to, you ask?
Well, this is going to be the most random kind of random, since I can't remember where I left off.
I have a very cool job at an organic farm/ learning centre (on hiatus for the summer) and am part of a team that gives school tours of the farm. We shared great farming activities for the school aged, kindergarten through high school, mostly at each end of that age spectrum.
We made seed necklaces and garden/greenhouse visits, butter making and bread making, right from grinding the wheat. We baked the buns in a cob oven very much like the one we built at our city home. This made me want another oven very much. Even though I am not eating bread*, I still wanna make it.
And the animals. The kids loved the chickens and I managed to catch and hold one for them to touch every time. Their feet are particularly cool. (The chickens, not the kids) This sounds easier than it was, with about 15 energetic little people around scaring them under the coop ( the chickens, not the kids, although some did try) I only got shat on once. We also collected eggs and then graded them.
And sheep> We do a Sheep-to-Sweater activity, during which time I conquered the drop spindle. One child had a screaming tantrum that he wasn't actually going to knit a hat at the end! (They twist the carded wool and make "bracelets" It is a 20 minute activity)
Of course we visited the sheep in the field, during which I am proud to say, I managed to wrangle a sheep from the herd so the children could have a feel of the fleece (once in the rain! fun!) every visit. ( Again, not as easy as it sounds. Well, maybe that one doesn't sound easy) Sheep whisperer!
Good fun. I have been back a couple times for the summer camps, once as guest chef to make strawberry rhubarb crisp. The campers went out to the fields and picked the rhubarb and strawberries themselves. It was lovely to see them carrying in large rhubarb stalks, one each, their leaves waving like large fans over their heads as they walked up the hill.
This week I came in with the older kids and we made lip balm. Oh, yes, a photo.the only one I have and of course, it's blurry. And not in an artistic good way.
( Sorry, no more photos of the fun but you can't really take photos of other people's children these days. You know. And my hands were very busy anyway)
I was also able to join the CSA at the farm, not having a garden of my own since we are now renting. (44 acres and chickens but no garden) I did have my darling husband make me a huge garden box , 8 feet long! So along with two large pots, one for herbs, one for lettuces, I can still dig in the dirt a bit.
This is what happens when my feet hit the driveway after supper. The run for the fence. They know the Lady with the Bowl of Kitchen Scraps. A few have started flying over the fence to get first dibs (and then running back to the others because well, they are chickens)
I also have been selling mucho soap and have had to up production! I take a photo when I stop at the sales venues (here at the harvest store at the farm) so I know what kinds need replacing.
Also on the home front, I so wanted to show and tell my fingering-merino-with-a-tinch-of-cashmere- white-summer cardigan that I started way back at the last post but alas: frogged. I got up to the armholes and tried it on and there was just not roomy enough for me. The good news I am starting again! This is after I threw it in the closet left it for a few months to get over my disappointment. It started out as Same Same but Different but looked too wispy in that wool so I changed to the all garter stitch Morning Sky pattern. I just want a plain white cardigan!
In the meantime I recreated a simple cotton tank that I had years ago and loved.
I have serious start-itis on the knitting front and wanted to start a fair isle cardigan ( along with many other things. Stop trolling Ravelry E, just stop) but I thought I could still maybe finish the white sweater. If I got really motivated I could finish it for the end of summer as least.
I can't say end of summer without whimpering a little.
I also found two single socks in progress that need a mate. The cardigan and sock finishing should tide me over and dampen my enthusiasm before going on a mad fair isle yarn extravaganza.
I also did some artwork and some models for a photo shoot. Yes, a big tooth and dental tool. You just never know what clients will ask you to do.
So, my daughter bought a hedgehog.
Harriet. She is so Darn Cute and she Poops. A lot. That's all I have to say about that.
AND! after 8 months we have finally found out what the heck was wrong with Miss M and she is much better. Just in time for her 20 birthday. Now she can get on with school and job and Life .
She had been going to a naturopath during much of this time. Conventional medicine did Nothing to help her and neither did the medication the doctors prescribed but she had great relief modifiying her diet in the mean time until the powers that be could figure out what the heck was wrong exactly.
*The diet was a life saver, so much so that I decided to get tested for food allergies and sensitivities myself. And guess what? This bread baker is allergic to whole wheat and spelt ( my fav) and yeast! And cheese and any alcohol, except beer, which is sad and ironic because I don't like it. After one try with a kamut sourdough, which was meh I more or less gave up bread. Sounds impossible right? You know after a while it doesn't taste that great anymore. I had a few bites of pizza the other day =not as good as I was hoping. I just substitute vegetables in it's place. Insert gratuitous breakfast photo here.
I don't like goat's cheese, which is okay for me but I do like sheep's products ( harder to find, though so I rarely eat it)
Insert another cute hedgehog after bath photo.
Oh and I finished re-doing some chairs. When the weather warmed up I got them out of storage. A friend had given us these two heavy cast iron chairs just before we moved . Bad timing really but I liked them so I said yes. The caning was pretty much gone, so I bought some weatherproof nylon webbing and googled "herringbone" on You Tube and voila!
Also random and unplanned, an IKEA hack. Two tea towels, some piping and a zipper - a new pillow. (Actually two. One is going to a friend's cottage as hostess gift) Who knew pillow forms were so cheap at IKEA?
I finished the latest Outlander book in the series. Is anyone as excited to watch the Outlander series as I am?
So, I still do the photo thing on Flickr ( you can see the whole mud oven making there if you missed it first go around) and newly on Instagram (i'm communicato), which is funny since I don't technically own a cell phone, I sometimes often borrow my hubbies.
If anyone is still out there, shout out!