We didn't plant a garden this year because Patrick and I anticipated long studio hours for me and summer gigs for him and we wanted to support our local Food Co-op Buying Club. However, we still have some things to harvest. Our apples are coming in, and our pears and plums. Figs too and another bunch of raspberries and even more strawberries.
plus, I think we just needed a little break after last year, which looked more like this:
Still, it's been nice this year. A much slower pace. Last week I started a new job working as a nanny for my friend Sophie and her sweet little one. It's such a joy. I'm watching little one at my house, so I've been doing a lot of work simplifying my home, softening colors, and making it a safe and enjoyable place for a 15 month old.
I made her a little corner for her toys. There's not too much as you can see. A wooden truck and some blocks. a basket with a handmade Waldorf doll and sweater. And a stuffed bear that she seems to love to cuddle and push in her stroller. I sewed up a little curtain and hung it at the top and bottom with two extension rods. This helps simplify the space but it also curbs her attention away from the top shelves where she may be tempted to climb the bookshelves to get to (let's hope not!)
I've also cleaned up outside. I got the chicken coop cleaned out and cozy for the cooler weather that should come soon. I threw in a bunch of lavender to help with the flies, and well, to make the place more lovely and the chore more fun. I had so much fun adorning the chicken coop with lavender that I decided to put two garden boxes to sleep for the winter and cover them with herbs as well:
This first garden box I covered with the used straw cleaned out from the chicken coop and covered it with chamomile that I had growing all over my yard. It looks lovely with little white flowers here and there.
and this garden box I filled with straw and pulled up some traveling mint to put on top. It smelled great and looks nice too. So, I know that these greens may not do much for my garden beds as they sleep a spell these next few seasons, but I'll do just about anything to make the job more enjoyable and have a little fun. In the springtime I'll top these with a mixture of compost and new soil and that should do the trick.
and here's my little gal Lieutenant Commander Data sitting in the wheel barrow. I'm not sure what she was doing in there, but she sure looked cute.
And lastly here is a picture of my love. He recently got his handmade Electrical Guitar Company guitar in the mail and its been all the buzz around here. He's one happy guy and has some great shows coming up. One next weekend with Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, which I'm super excited about.
Hope this September weekend finds you all happy and homey and snuggly with your loved ones.