Mushroom hunting

We went mushroom hunting a couple days ago. It was a beautiful day. We are never really successful in finding mushrooms, but we enjoy the walks through our woods.

These are the pictures I took while walking.img_6053img_6057img_6060img_6063img_6067

My ever camera shy brother.img_6072

Taking a picture before he realizes.img_6077

My beautiful mom.img_6078img_6081img_6085img_6087

Funky.img_6088

Some sheep pictures I took on the way down.

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The fruits of our labor. Well not actually the “fruits” of our labor: mushrooms & ramps._mg_6015

Sunday

Sunday was such a beautiful day that Elaine and I took a walk with Elaine’s pony Sunny. He just loved the attention.img_4833_001img_4799_001_mg_4798_001

We all learned to ride on Sunny when we were little, but now he does not get quite as much attention. As you can see, he is a little harder for us to ride now.img_4806_001

Gardening

Monday we rented a rototiller (our’s somehow is always broken) and tilled our garden. We also: planted all our onions, transplanted all the starts in the house to bigger cups, and replanted more asparagus. Last year we planted a new bed of asparagus in the spring, but when we had the drought we forgot to water them and none sprouted. So this year we are trying again.

Transplanting.img_5051_001img_5054_001img_5055_001

The new asparagus bed. We will slowly fill in the ditches as the sprouts come up.img_5061_001Fall planted garlic

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A few weeks ago we planted some lettuce in our cold frame, and with this beautiful weather, it has come up.img_5032_001

Christmas 2012

These are several Christmas gifts we made for each other.

Matthew made a Turkish drop spindle for Mom, Elaine, and I. They were different sizes and made from different woods.

These two have cross pieces made from Osage orange.

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This one is Elaine’s; the cross pieces are made from Bocote wood. This wood is native to Central America, mainly Mexico. The black swirls in the grain are really pretty.

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I knit a beret for my sister Lydia. We both have this thing for hats.

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It is made from angora and our Shetland fiber.The blue we hand dyed when we spontaneously decided to do some pot dying.

I also made Mom a cowl from some alpaca that I bought from a friend.

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(Though this picture really does not do it justice. The colors look a lot cooler in person.)

And finally… Dad made a bookcase for Jason and Lydia. It turned out really, really nice.

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