Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I have planned for this trip for the past year. I will be flying to Spokane, Washington to visit my friend, Grace, and together we will attend Farm Fair 2009 at MaryJane's Farm. I will post pictures of the trip on my sewing blog upon returning.
Until next Tuesday......I hope your week is wonderful. I am sure that mine will be!!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Needless to say, there is much excitement in the barn right now!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This morning I installed the faceplate and doors to the fireplace. Here is the finished version.....
Both stairways are lit with these sconces....
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Meet Hank, our rooster (center of picture) And Phyllis
There are a few more noteable ladies, but they were now very photogenic this session.
Friday, June 19, 2009
The right wall..and doorway into my sewing room (to be used as another guest room when needed.) Looking into the kitchen from the dining room...across the breakfast bar (counter tops are not yet installed). The far wall straight ahead will have a gas cooktop and a microwave/exhaust hood.This picture shows the pantry doorway (a screendoor will be installed here) and to the left of that is a space for the wall oven. The cabinets are made from natural hickory.
So much has been done...and so much left to do!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It is important when raising honeybees that you have a good supply of fresh water for them to drink. In our case, a spring-fed pond serves this purpose quite nicely. Luckily, the bees don't bother the dogs, as they, too, stop by the pond to cool off.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
raspberries gooseberries pears (not the prettiest) tons of tiny grapes (harvest is quite a ways off)
Growing such a variety of fruit makes for lots of work...but it is worth the work, to be able to pick our own organically grown fruit. Organically grown fruit is quite a challenge...so many diseases and pests that fruit can succomb to. Sometimes I think luck plays a big part in the harvest....not to mention weather conditions!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Some of our patch was planted in everbearing strawberry plants...so we will continue to have some berries ripening until Fall. Yum.....there is no strawberry better than a home-grown one! Please...help youself....there's plenty!
PS: Our chickens love a strawberry treat and get all the berries that are just a little too ripe to last in the refrig.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
With ladder in hand, we headed back to the orchard. Luckily, I had found the bird on the ground directly beneath a nest in the apple tree above. So, to that nest I returned my feathered friend.
I am hoping that I did the right thing....and that its mother will return and care for it until it is big enough to survive on its own.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It is all of the decorative touches that get me excited for completion. Having a pantry will be a luxury that I have only dreamed of....in addition to having enough kitchen cabinet space to make cooking and baking much more efficient.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Two garage doors just like this...
Sinks, faucets and ceramic tile on the master bathroom vanity....Stairs from the living room to the loft, with banister....
Cabinets in the laundry room (which I assembled and varnished)....
This week's construction will be relatively slow. The walnut hardwood flooring is scheduled for staining and varnishing. Our construction crew will be banned from the inside of the house while floor finishing is happening. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so that they can get more outside work completed! The week after will be "full speed ahead", however, with all of the cabinetry being installed.