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Penelope holding 10 day old Violet

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Long Weekend

Petting Baby Goats at the Farmer's Market

Getting Kisses from a Sweet Dog Visiting the Market

The Most Amazing Pizza, Topped with Fresh Greens from the Farmer's Market


Cucumber "pickles"


I love Pen's face, totally grossed out!

Our New Pool

Violet was sure to take precautions and wear all of the necessary flotation devices.



Looking at the seedlings Steve and the girls started.

After Fun Nap
We did nothing special over the long weekend, but there was lots of ordinary specialness going on. We went  to our first farmer's market of the season, where we were thrilled to discover a family who grows beautiful, organic vegetables, of which we bought quite a bit of. There were such precious baby goats to pet, dogs to meet, and the fact that it was right here in our town was a huge bonus.

Steve did a bunch of yard clean up, and we enjoyed our yard quite a bit. Penelope and I went out and bought a pool and set it up in our back yard. It was the best thing, both girls spent forever in there. It's big enough for the grownups to get in too, maybe when it gets a little warmer.

There was more planting going on, and cooking on the grill, and pink lemonade, and walks around the neighborhood. Many of our neighbors had big, loud cookouts, but I was very happy at the quieter, slow paced weekend we shared, and all the little bits of specialness happening right here at home.

Monday, May 28, 2012

More Ducklings and Goats, and Pillowcase Dresses Too!

She greets them with open arms.

Pondering the Horns

Looking at the herb garden of my dreams.

Crossing the stone bridge.

Violet Eating the Duck Food

Pen choking down her sandwich (Steve forgot she doesn't like jelly).

Playing Hide and Seek with Violet. She hides and then giggles so that Violet can find her easier.

Yes, more pictures of ducklings and goats, it's true. They seem to be showing up in the photos I take as often as the girls. But they seem to be everywhere we go these days. Penelope and I long for goats of our own. I have wanted them since I was a child, and I still want them. I'm starting to feel like we need to figure out how to make it happen. I would love to raise them for fiber, and Penelope just wants them for pets. And ducks too, and chickens. Strange animals to want to keep for those who eat a vegan diet, yet they have other uses. I have no problem using the fiber from animals that are loved pets, and ducks and chickens are wonderful at keeping the insect population down, especially ticks, and they are all good at keeping the weeds and grass under control. And if we kept happy, free range chickens I don't think I'd mind if we ate the eggs.

The goats in these photos live at Simmon's Farm in Portsmouth. Long ago Steve and I used to buy our eggs from this farm, and we also buy organic produce from them at the farmer's market. They raise beef too and people can buy a share of a cow, half a cow, etc. It always makes me a little sad to see the cows that I know will be food at the end of the season, but they are beautiful and healthy, roaming about on huge, green pastures, living a peaceful life, all seeming happy, so although I feel a little sad about what is to come for them I also know they have it way better than most animals whose fate it is to be eaten. And the goats are kept for their growing goat cheese business. They have a petting zoo, and for a quarter you can fill up a cup of food and feed and pet these sweet goats. Penelope saves her money (which all comes from change found on the ground or change Steve empties from his pockets and gives to her) in her piggy bank, and she uses it to buy food to feed the goats with.

The pictures after the goats, of the girls feeding geese and playing in trees and looking at gardens, are from another place right across the street from Simmon's Farm, called Perscott Farm. Nobody lives there, but there are beautiful gardens maintained by U.R.I.'s Master Gardeners and a pond with geese and ducks to feed, and an old windmill, and the old house is still there. I want my gardens to someday be exactly like the gardens here, one is dedicated to herbs and it is huge. There is a culinary section and a medicinal section. The other garden is a vegetable garden, and around the outside of the fence are planted beautiful perennials. It is all exactly what I would do if I had the land to do it on.

And the pillowcase dresses, I bought the material last year with the intention of making the girls completely different dresses for their birthdays. It never happened, and so I rediscovered the sweet print in my stash, along with just a bit of yellow left from something else long ago, and I whipped up two simple pillowcase dresses. Along the bottom trim I sewed buttons from my button collection.There are some beautiful antique buttons in there, along with some interesting and unusual choices and some that are bright and cheerful. I love pillowcase dresses. You don't need a pattern, they take no time at all, and you don't even need a pillowcase to do them (although you can make the most beautiful dresses from antique pillowcases if you can find them at thrift shops or flea markets). I think they are super cute too.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Things That Have Made me Smile This Week

The girls playing together on a dinner picnic at Colt Park.

Sweet Bunny

Violet's new love of sitting in Pen's lap for a story.

Violet's favorite outfit, her raincoat - which she has had  many an opportunity  to wear lately.

The girls coloring at the library while they wait for story time to begin on pajama day.

Violet being completely lost in her own world at the library while her big sister attends story time. 

The  girls being thrilled with their purchase of kale and swiss chard to plant.

Twin week old baby goats at the farmer's market.

Diapers drying on the line.

Penelope's strawberry plant growing strawberries.

Penelope's endless fascination with catching, observing, naming, and releasing bugs.