|First I'll give you a peek at what I'm working on tonight.|
|Free Motion Quilting|
This afternoon I had a cup of coffee for the first time in about a month. I've been totally off caffeine since I've been sick and in recovery. Thanks to that one cup I am now burning the midnight oil and quilting this baby! Helluva drug.
I am really happy that I'm focusing on finishing a few quilts before adding more projects to my to-do list. I finished up three tops! Let the quilting marathon begin.
David is so excited about his 3rd birthday party. His Nana sent him lots of party favors and goodies for a pirate party! He has been telling everyone about his "pie-wit pawty"
The chickens are smart enough to keep covered as much as possible. Here they are under the grape vines. Oh boy do I ever have some weeding to do there. The long grass is so out of control. At least the birds are appreciating the hide away.
|This grape vine reaches to the top of the Asian pear tree.|
There are so many grapes and many of them just grow up and into the surrounding fruit trees. I only prune things every few years. For the most part I surrender to this kind of wild chaos and put my energy into vegetable gardening. The method of edible landscaping in place here is something that is gaining popularity in the permaculture world, called the "forest garden". The vines grow on the fruit trees, and in the understory are bushes and berries, in this case elderberries, black currants, and gooseberries.
|Using mulch and cover crop.|
And of course we compost all kitchen scraps, weeds, and soft garden debris. In our society we waste so much food into the garbage. It feels really good to turn this food waste into rich black compost that feeds the next year's crop of vegetables. All you have to do is dump your scraps into a heap, and wait. Every so often I add a layer of leaves or grass clippings or soiled hay from the goat pens, and also the compost pile benefits from being aerated by turning over with a shovel a few times a year. It is really easy and nothing makes plants grow like black compost.
This chicken has one brown feather. Just one.
Our first egg! It is pink, and speckled! Oh, wait... thats chocolate.
My friend Dave the basket weaver gave me this bundle of willow. If I start soaking it today it will be soft enough to weave a little basket for the Easter Bunny.
Glad to see feel the warmth of the sun shining today on our little island. Wishing you all a beautiful beginning to Spring, wherever you are.