Monday, October 14, 2019

Harvest Festival

Sarah with brought one of her chickens.

 Abe and Emily

 needlefelting

 Emily doing the pumpkin on a spoon race.

 Emily

Abe


 Friends working on the cider pressing.

Emily hugging the sweet baby goat.

We moved to the most amazing small town in the world.... at least I think so.   The community is full of caring, involved people that work hard to serve one another.  This past Saturday, the non profit organization in town (which Mike and I have become involved with), but on a Harvest Festival that is geared toward the children. 

There was the cider pressing, the reading of Stone Soup while two cast iron pots of soup boiled over the open fire.  There were donuts from a string, fiddlers, a petting zoo with the sweetest little baby goats, caramel apples, a bouncy house, and more.   I brought wool to do needle felting and it was truly rewarding to see the joy in the children's faces (and adults!) as the wool became a work of art.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Updates

I thought I would post some updates from the last couple of weeks here at our little farm in central Vermont.

We tapped our big maple tree in front of our house, but do not have anything, yet, set up to cook off the sap outside, so we did use the stove top.  It was still worth it.




A little spring knitting with some beautiful small farm yarn that was hand dyed by my friend, Jules

A little pattern you can find here in my blog.

A little doll's vest.

We celebrated Sarah's 15th birthday with my father and a family friend from Massachusetts, and with Thomas.  We went up to Montpelier, where Thomas lives, to walk around and then have dinner at Positive Pie (Sarah's request).








And just now, with a huge rainfall last night,the snow is gone!  Mike worked on putting in a stone walkway going into the farm store over the weekend.   We hope to be planting by the end of the week!




When I was making a post on instagram for Sarah's birthday, I came to my blog to borrow pictures and it made me sad that I wasn't keeping up with documenting our children's growth and changes, as well as my thoughts over the last couple of years.  My goal is to blog here regularly again to have a record of our days.

Warm wishes,
Tonya




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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Christmas 2018












It was a wonderful Christmas!  Our son and his wife that live in Virginia, came to stay with us for five nights, including Christmas day.  Oh, the anticipation for their arrival (we hadn't seen them for over a year), the joy of having them visit, and then the sadness as they departed.  Although, I felt sad that we wouldn't see them for awhile, it was good to see that they seemed happy and are enjoying their life in Virginia.   We now live just 50 minutes from our oldest son, so he was with us as well.   Moving back to Vermont and seeing him somewhat regularly again has been such a gift.  Our other five children are all still living at home.

Some of Mike's family came to visit on Christmas Eve.  My Mom and step-father came from Connecticut to spend Christmas day with us and my father came the day after Christmas.  Such a busy time for this introvert but so worth it!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Daily Blog - Beautiful Weekend


Sweet morning hellos from my beloved Madeline.  



Our oldest is home for the weekend before returning to camp this afternoon.  These are our two oldest daughters preparing their breakfast.   



Gathering two "real" heads of lettuce.  We are so inspired to begin the work of establishing our farm in Vermont to provide nutritious food for our community and our family.


Wishing you a beautiful day!
Warmly,
Tonya

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Daily Blog - Farm Food, Flowers, Camp

Farm Food:


Every morning before the sun gets too hot, I go to the gardens to pick what will be needed for the day.  Everyday since the first week of June there has been lettuce.  Yesterday I harvested some baby carrots, and another handful of garlic scapes to go with our lunch to go with our dinner.


Our lunch of spaghetti topped with garlic scapes and onions, a fried egg and lettuce.

Flowers:


A fresh bouquet for our table - cosmos, bachelor buttons, black eyed susans and tansy.

Camp:


We were supposed to go see our oldest daughter's staff dedication last night after she finished her week of training at a nearby summer camp, followed by icecream and fireworks.  Abe and Emily were so excited.  But, when we went to start our van, it was obvious very quickly that the alternator was going.  I am thankful for a neighbor/friend that lent us their car so Mike could go pick Abby up and our pastor is here early already this morning to take Mike to get the part.  I am so thankful we didn't break down at 10:00 pm on the side of the road on our way back home if we had gone last night.  The children's disappoint has mostly passed and today we are thankful for all of God's provisions.  After we sell our house, we are going to take a bit of the money and buy a second used car, probably a subaru outback or forester because our one car is nearly at 200,000 miles. 

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Warmly,
Tonya










Friday, July 6, 2018

Daily Blog - Flowers, Elephants, and Heat


Flowers:


Morning gathering - some to dry and some for us.  As we pack up the house for our move back to Vermont, freshly cut flowers will be the one touch of beauty we can still add inside.  These are bachelor buttons.  I planted them by seed in many of our gardens at the beginning and middle of May.


Handwork:



Sharing some hand sewn elephants today.   They are made using wool felt for the body and then a bit of special fabric for the inner ears. In addition, I embroidered little hearts to either side of their back end and added a braided wool yarn tail.

If you would like to make one here is a link to the pattern.


Heat:

Yesterday the humidity returned in full force so after Mike did his workshop work, I did the wood burning and packaging, we headed out to the lake.  We are blessed to have Lake St. George State Park about a 12 minute drive away.


Warm wishes,
Tonya





Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Free Baby Doll Cardigan Knitting Pattern




I just wanted to share here that I have started a new design label and am designing simple knit patterns that are simple, functional and timeless.

The baby doll cardigan is a free pattern!


Thanks so much and warm wishes,
Tonya