Friday, June 24, 2011

Oh Sew Knit

Hey all, it's Friday, so Sheri is here again!

I thought that I would share pictures of my newest handmade project. As you may know from a post (quite a while back actually) previously, last summer I learned to knit.
I've been sewing since I was about eight years and have always loved it, so when I saw this project which has a combination of knitting and sewing, I jumped on it.

This is our 3 year old daughter, Lauryn modeling her new dress.




For those of you interested, you can find the free pattern for this dress here.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Busy Summer Day

Well, we just finished a delicious summer supper at the farm. It's always a blessing to gather together and share a meal after a good, hard day's work.

This morning we had restaurant load-ups, putting together orders for restaurants and retail stores in the area. Then we did a pick and load-up for putting together Buying Club orders.

Three week old chicks were taken out to fresh pasture and the new baby chicks arrived this afternoon! One of my favorite days are getting the brooder prepped and ready to receive the new babies. Chores are done, and we're enjoying the beautiful evening here at Polyface.

How is your day? What are your favorite pastimes in summer?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Butchering skills

Poppy Flower and saving it's seed
Lauren, Travis, and Andrew Salatin
Master Sheri, chicken gutting
Double Rainbow at Buxton

This weekend we were fortunate to have Sheri Salatin help us butcher. I learned about speed, efficiency, and quality. We could hardly keep up with how fast she gutted each chicken. Her speed is my new inspiration. Along with her help and the help of our neighbor, John Brown we did 100 birds in 1 hour. Michael kept time! BEFORE lunch we had all the chickens bagged! Michael and I actually had time for a siesta which included a nice NAP! Oh, what I would do for a nap! It is a priceless luxury these days.
Daniel and Sheri brought their beautiful children to Buxton. I love when the kids come along because they immediately explore the farm, they peek into every building, poke fun with the barn cats and help with the animals. It's refreshing watching children laugh and play. We get so intense with our work some days we forget the joy of playing. What sweet reminders!
I'm happy to share what I've learned about saving seeds. PATIENCE is the key. The seeds take quite a long time to bolt which begins the process of seed saving. This gorgeous poppy flower will be the first seed I will be saving this year. I will start taking photos of the process for you to see. It helps if you have a lot of space for growing if you wish to save seed. The process is quite lengthy. I'm still learning and I'm fascinated by it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy First Day of Summer

What says summer better than berries?



I'm curious, readers...what is your favorite berry, and what do you like to do with it - eat it straight from the bush, or take it to the kitchen for pies and jams?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Reading....

I've decided to turn off my tv for the summer and READ! I keep telling my daughter how important it is and how fun it can be so I've decided to take my own advice and practice what I preach! My friend Jill introduced me to a fun website called "Pinterest".... http://pinterest.com/about/ - it's a great way to organize your favorite websites, blogs, online stores or for me - my summer reading list! Anytime I come across a book that looks interesting I can "pin" it and keep up with my list! I thought I would share a few of my picks with you...and you can do the same! There's nothing better than curling up on the porch with a good book at the end of the day!!


Here's a list of all my books so far ....... http://pinterest.com/wendygray/pins/





         

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