Saturday garden inspiration

Sharing BIG GLIMPSES of my FUTURE GARDENS that makes me EXTREMELY happy.

Wishing you a very peaceful AND BUSY day.

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How is your garden growing?

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{ 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.

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*** I was able to get a picture up close of the glitter in the petals for those of you who wanted to see… Click on the picture, I left it in full resolution.

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Morning harvest

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How I love warm July mornings in the garden : Rainbow Swiss Chards, our first zucchinis, lebanese cucumbers, fresh garden sage for our meal tonight. Lemon verbana, flowering agastache and more calendula to dry for teas and balms. I am grateful for the land that feeds me, the nature that heals me, the crisp morning air that revives me and the warm summer sun that soothes me.

Have a glorious day everyone!

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Big purchases – Big steps towards a more self-sufficient life!

In preparation to building our new homestead, I’ve been reading Jill Winger’s E-book “Your Custom Homestead“. I had already been enjoying her blog, The Prairie Homestead, so much that I figured her book might be just what we needed to get our ideas in order. And that it has been! With a million ideas coming at us at once, we were feeling equally excited, nervous and overwhelmed. Her 21 steps to building your homestead have really helped us put down on paper what we want to accomplish and set realistic goals for ourselves when it comes to small and big projects.

One of the big issues we were having was finding the right balance between frugality and acquisition. As I’ve talked about before, our goal is to reduce our material possessions by quite a bit. Not only for the sake of our personal space and teaching our kids non-materialistic values, but also because we are actively trying to make a statement about over-consumerism. So every time we need something, our first instinct is to find it used, to re-purpose something we have or to borrow. But sometimes, you just need to invest… and through reading her book we’ve come to grips with the fact that sometimes, you just have to invest in something that is new and of high quality in order to have it work great and last forever!

So, that being said : I’ve ordered my super-duper pressure canner this morning. *does a little happy wiggle dance on her chair*. I had been setting money aside now and wanted to really invest. I had been canning using a water bath technique which, as you know, limits you to high acidity foods and I wanted to start canning low acidity foods as well. Not to mention time savings, energy savings and water savings…  After weeks of reading reviews, we chose this model :

All American Pressure Canner 921 – 21 quarts

From what I’ve read, it’s the biggest size I can fit on a conventional stove top element. With it, I got myself a canning kit (funnel, clamps, etc.) since I was always borrowing my mom’s and I also invested in a few classic canning books and a few more recent ones that really appealed to me :

Final step is to replace all my snap lids for BPA-free ones. Bernardin (Our Ball’s here in Canada) has started labeling their BPA-free lids so I’ve decided to go and invest. It’s funny how things don’t always matter as much when it’s just you… but then you have kids! Keeping them safe and happy is our number one priority and their disruption free hormonal development is right up there on the list!

Too all my canning folk and food preservationists out there, I’d love any tips, tricks or recipes you would want to share!

 

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Time for mama – And that is okay!

I’ve been sick the last few days, sick with awful laryngitis. Nights have been horrible, sleep has been non-existent and the weather has been sticky and muggy and making the whole thing worse.

I have to admit that this morning, taking Little Miss to preschool felt good. But I still needed time. I’m not one of those people who needs big productions to feel like alone time has been had. Just an hour to do something that I want to do, without having to manage anything or anybody else but me… So my mom came to the rescue and took Little Man for a few hours so I could just go. What did I go do you may ask?

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There is an industrial road just minutes from our home. Mostly, it is lumber yards, general contractors and quarries. But for as long as I can remember, there has been a stretch of fields along that road that have been unoccupied and filled with what feels like century old wild blueberry bushes. It is a carpet stretching as far as the eye can see. Some of the bushes are as tall as I am. I like to pretend that the person that owns the land has kept it empty to preserve the natural heritage (a lady can dream!) and all true summer, every day of every week while blueberries are in season, there are people in the fields, buckets in hand, filling up. When I felt the cool breeze this morning, knowing the heat and humidity was coming, I set for the patch and gave myself an hour to pick everything I could. At the time I was there this morning (before 8am), it was me and the field. In one hour, I picked 4 cups!

As you can tell from the last few pictures, the season is only starting, so we are planning a family trip back this week-end and we are making wild blueberry and maple jam!

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When I came back home to my mom’s, Little Man had fallen asleep in his stroller. He was happily napping in the sun and I got to spend some time with my mom. Bonus!

And tonight, there are dishes to be washed, clothes to be washed, clothes to be folded, toys to be picked up and mail to be sorted through… and all these things will get done : Tomorrow! And that is okay…

Good night everyone! Be good to yourselves.

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Morning, Noon and Night

Morning, noon and night…three little peeks into my day.

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Morning – Around 8 h 30 am

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Noon – Around 11 h 30 am **

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Night – Around 7 pm

** Great post by Sara over at Happiness is here, using Spielgaben to teach probability to preschoolers! Little Miss had So MUCH FUN!

Joining Kim over at Mothering with Mindfulness

If you feel like sharing glimpses of your day, please leave your link in the comments for all to see!

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Saturday garden inspiration

Sharing a little glimpse of my garden that makes me happy.

Wishing you a very peaceful day.

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How is your garden growing?

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