Saturday, October 18, 2014

Copenhagen






Well that was lovely!  We spent the first week in October playing tourists in Copenhagen, Denmark and had a wonderful time.  The city is gorgeous, biker and walker friendly, and had at least 3 castles. Last time I counted the castles in Maine I didn't find any....

Mr. Meanie had a week-long work related class he needed to attend so I tagged along. And since we were able to coerce our relatives and friends into Audrey and the critter-care we jumped at the chance to travel.  I have never traveled to Europe so this was a real adventure! We flew from Boston to Toronto and from Toronto to Copenhagen on a red eye. 


Jet Lag is a real thing. I doubted it's existence before but experienced exhaustion in the middle of the day (6 hours time difference) and a few days of early bedtimes.  Turns out Copenhagen night life does not start until 12am or later and as much as we wanted to go out we were too tired!  But we did enjoy exploring the city by foot and bike during the days; visiting the Danish Cultural Museum, many restaurants, shops, palaces, and parks. 


And the food was amazing!  Our hotel housed a fine-dining establishment that we ate at almost every night (truffle oil?!).  For dessert we'd head out on the town sampling what delicacies Danish cuisine had to offer. And I tried Irish coffee (not Danish...). So yum!

Although we had a lot of fun in Copenhagen we missed our toddler, families, farm, and critters. We missed the landscape found here in Maine, the weather, even the way the sun rises and sets.  At the end of the week we packed our bags up, exchanged the currency and flew home!  We cannot wait to travel again.. maybe Germany next?  Finland?

have a good evening,

shelby g 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October


Well hello there October! What did you do to September?  Time has been flying by and we have been busy, busy, busy!  Mr. Meanie and I are about to go on a world-wide adventure in a few days and we thrilled! At the moment we are battling epic colds but we hope to be on the road to recovery before our 9+ hour plane ride on Saturday. 

What's going on around the farm?

* Fall is settling in around us.  The leaves are beautiful, the grass has stopped growing, and the garden has been hit by enough frosts to put it to bed.  I still need to plant the garlic (perhaps I should order it first?) and move our front perennial beds to the back garden to make way for our kitchen renovations in the spring. I've got plenty of time, right?

* Our new meat birds are doing well. We had a bout of coccidiosis that had to be treated a week ago and now they are doing fine.  We have about  2 weeks before they need to be slaughtered so that will be a fun activity to do when we get home from our trip (she says sarcastically).

* We've lost another laying hen; making 4 this year.  On evening I found our silver-laced wyandotte struggling to breath. She died not too long after; appears that she was egg bound.  I hate losing chickens and this year has been an especially difficult year.  We do plan on getting at least 6 more in the spring; hopefully winter proves better for our older ladies health than summertime.

* The house has been clean for the last 3 weeks. This is a world record!

* And lastly if you are around the Cherryfield area this weekend please check out Destination Cherryfield's Riverside Arts & Music Festival. I have been volunteering for the past 8 months with this group and they are very excited for the upcoming festival. I am sad that I will not be in town to attend! 

have a great day!

shelby g

Friday, September 19, 2014

{this moment}


{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.


Friday, September 12, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grumpy Cat Dress


A few months back I taught a 2 day class on beginning sewing and pattern drafting the Schoodic Arts Festival. My first time teaching experience was a success although I am not sure if I am the best instructor. Oftentimes my brain/mouth translations didn't go well and all I ended up saying was "Just wing it" which you can imagine makes a first time sewster a little nervous. Nonetheless my students each walked away with 2 articles of clothing; having drafted the pattern themselves and harnessed the power of the sewing machine.

While my class was busy sewing away I decided to make a few outfits for Audrey (along with a shirt and vest for myself).  This Grumpy Cat dress was made from leftovers from the Grumpy Cat diaper made from fabric purchased on spoonflower. I love Grumpy Cat and although the coloring on the dress is more creepy fleshtone than kitty coloring I still love the concept.

 



sew anything lately?

shelby g

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Garden Update: First of September

Well we have been busy!  We had an amazing corn harvest this year and hardly any bugs so I've been blanching and freezing as much as I can. It was delicious and prolific this year so we have frozen about 40 ears of it for good winter eating! Mind you, most ears have toddler teeth marks on them but other then that they will taste great.  Those ears that had bugs went to the chickens who in turn spent the afternoon happily pecking way.

The potatoes are ready to harvest since the plants are finally dying down. I didn't hill up well this year but know I will get plenty of potatoes for us and to share.  What's picture in the basket was picked from a few plants. I've also harvested summer squash, about 5 orange pumpkins, the rest of the green beans, and the beets. There is a creature in the garden somewhere that has been gnawing on the beets and carrots all summer and I had to throw at least 5 of each to the chickens. Not sure what kind of critter it is but I know it is watching me!


And apples!  Boy am I ambitious.  I have hopes to make at least 6 apple pies to stick in the freezer. These apples were harvested from 3 of our trees and although none of the trees are particularly well cared for they still bloom every year and share their fruit with us... and the deer.  Carlie has taken to barking wildly at 1am every night. Thank you Harvest Moon! 


How's your garden at this time of year?


take care, shelby g

Friday, September 5, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama