Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Beginning Harvest

This weekend was the beginning of our Harvesting activities. We have so many beautiful tomatoes of different types, shapes and sizes. It was quite overwhelming to try to pick them all, but I picked what I could of the little guys to make a nice batch of sun-dried tomatoes. I sliced them in half and arranged them on a couple of cookie sheets. I added some garlic cloves and sprinkled with fresh thyme and oregano from the herb garden and a little salt and pepper. I tucked them away in the oven for their 5 hour transformation. From start to finish the house smelled SO GOOD! At first it was the smell of fresh tomatoes and herbs, then it turned into a more sweet fruity aroma. These little guys are just like candy...

While the tomatoes were drying in the oven I moved on to the peppers. We didn’t have as many ripe peppers as I had anticipated but there were plenty to roast on the grill and freeze for some nice spicy chilis and soups this winter. Between walking outside and inside it was olfactory heaven!

While the tomatoes where drying and the chilis were roasting, I was knitting. I started this scarf. I love these big needles and chunky yarn. I can whip up some super cozy scarves in no time!

I also continued to process fleece. This time it is my new Dorset. It is soft and lofty and it feels like it’s going to be a breeze to spin. My Rambiolette fleece has been a bit of a challenge to spin. It is super springy and fine. I think I may do a mix with Dorset and Ramb, I may like that better.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Summer 2010

This summer has been a nice, non-hectic, peaceful summer. It has been full of culinary delights, good reads and an introduction to a new passion.

The Garden has been slow growing, actually we saw a good start of peppers, tomatoes and squash, it just took awhile for things to ripen the way they did last summer. Last summer we had so many veggies ready to go all at once it was overwhelming. This year we had just enough and just at the right time.

No long vacations or big rode trips this summer, but that was ok. Plenty of basking in the sunshine, enjoying summer cocktails and new books. Ok, American Psycho is not really what anyone would consider a relaxing summer read, but I can say it was intellectually stimulating with a lot of room for interpretation and 3 a.m. discussion under the stars.

I went on my first real backpacking trip to Conundrum Springs. On the way up, we frolicked in the meadows, rested at river banks, joked and laughed. The scenery was enchanting and I felt like I was on a true adventure heading for a magical destination. I think I even saw a gnome or two. In my ignorant bliss, little did I know my fairytale would soon become an action packed Indiana Jones movie as we leaped across logs, fell in rivers, backtracked after a lost dog, and climb our way up the last 4 miles to finally arrive, limping, tired and hungry. The poor dogs were even limping in. It was all well worth it as we spent the entire next day soaking in the natural hot springs, au naturale.

I picked up a new obsession with fiber. I have pounds and pounds of wool sitting around my house waiting to be cleaned, combed, spun, knitted and loved. I have even converted one of the rooms in my house to be my “Fiber Room”. I also have a “Studio” for silversmith work and a “Sewing Loft”. There is a good side to having a big house all to myself! Seriously, I may end up on hoarders... if you can find me in my mountains of wool.

What a great Summer.