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


Some sheep pictures I took on the way down.



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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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



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.



(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.