supper last night...
fresh butternut and pumpkin ravioli
topped with onions and fresh sage sizzled in olive oil.
broiled baby bok choy, drizzled with olive oil
and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
big green salad.
there's been a rustle, rustle in the neighborhood.
my birch friends, all quiet and autumnal.
here's a bunch of happy nubians.
we met them at trevin farms b&b,
where we took a goat cheese making workshop this morning
(thanks to lindsey's holiday gift).
kevin walked us through the process and convinced
us that raw milk is the way to go...
and had us thinking that maybe gretta IS right...
maybe we really DO need goats someday...
Our oldest daughter, Lindsey and a posse of her friends from Boston, retreated to our "bit of earth" a while ago. A large white pine, out in the meadow had been struck by lightning last summer, and we were happy to have some help in sending it on to it's next incarnation. Here's the story, in her words...photos courtesy of Lindsey and friend Eric M.
Lindsey This project got started last summer, when Dave and some campers cut the first notch into this dying White Pine.
The weekend crew started hacking in from the other side with our unique "spiral cut".
We started backing away when the tree reached "beaver" level - axed in from all sides so there was only about 8 inches holding the whole thing upright. Good timing too, because before we knew it, Lauren dealt the death blow and it was time to yell a victorious "TIMBER!"
There's nothing like taking a huge tree down with 100% human power!
(Note from The Mom, some of these folks are seasoned outdoors people,
with wilderness first aid certification, and lots of camping and forestry experience.
Some of this may look scary to you,
but they knew what they were up to.)
and please scroll down to the previous post for a quick message...
we are creating a storage cube, without the knee opening, thus making maximum use of space for storage.
we are using 8" legs under the cupboards, 'cause i'm a tall girl.
we are topping the island with a nice grade of 3/4" plywood, edged with veneer edging. (the glass idea was cool, but we worried a bit about the weight of it, the fragile nature of glass, and the expense). we will paint the plywood "stone harbor", just like the cupboards.
i hope to be moving the last of my supplies in to the island
(bigger stuff, like batting, my light table and bins of old clothes for repurposing)
by tomorrow evening.
this whole taking-forever-new-studio-project is almost done!
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