Friday, May 13, 2011

The Quiet days of May

Although the days here have been pleasant, the strong winds of late are the result of the nearby tempest that has swept through the southern states & has affected many. Thank you for your thoughtful inquiries, we're doing well.


When we take a spontaneous country drive, its become a tradition to pick up Boylans vintage pop from our local corner-store :) The flavors of creme, orange, and grape remind me of summertime when I was a young girl. I find it nostalgic!
~ {vintage dress. fresh daisies. warm sunshine}

~*The young green leaves of Daisies can be cooked or eaten fresh (delicious raw flavor) and the flower buds and petals can be eaten raw in salads, soups and sandwiches.

*A well blended mixture of daisy leaves makes a very effective insect repellent!

*When used on bruised or open wounds, daisy works wonders as a cure.

(Only flowers that are organic are edible! Be sure you know it's pesticide-free)

~Our humble driveway that leads around to the Cottage. Situated far from the well traveled road, sits our home--reflecting a life of quiet responsibility.

~As I glance out the back door, my sister begins to hang the freshly washed clothes up on the line to dry.

~In the woods, the thicket of wild plum trees have begun to bear their fruit.

~After gathering a good amount, I washed and spread the plums on a pan in an even layer to freeze whole. Then I put them in freezer bags--I'll use them for strawberry-plum jam later ;)

~"...And the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit." Leviticus 26:4
~*~*An okra seedling reaches toward the afternoon sun*~*

~"Why would I teach schoolwork indoors during the prettiest part of the day? No one wants to be kept in the house when its so lovely outside..." --Mother

I'm so thankful for my Mothers views on Cottage schooling. We've been able to experience so many freedoms in learning due to the relaxed way she teaches. It's Lifestyle learning... practical arts mixed with nature studies and extended day trips to museums and more. Focused, but centered purely around our own interests and goals. Through the years, we've thrived on that philosophy!

~As I walk lightly through the garden, the morning sun begins to shine on the Cottage, as the dew laden Foxgloves enjoy the shade under the Cedar tree.
~Texture: crunchy oak leaves. wispy grass. soft wild rose petals.
~ After mowing the lawn, my brother spreads the grass clippings over the garden as mulch.

~On Saturday, we decided to travel the back roads through small towns--and we came across a family owned general store selling local fruits and veggies, fresh meats and a large variety of plants. We had a fun time there, and purchased a few items--we'll be back!

~For our next stop, we saw a tiny sign for a family farm up the way, so we decided to stop by. They sold strawberries, peaches, onions, blackberries and other crops that customers could come to pick themselves. Everything is sold seasonally, even their fresh strawberry ice-cream.

~We decided to pick a few lbs of strawberries for fun, then took a tour of the rest of the farm.

We ate the berries fresh that evening for dessert :)

~Studying the scriptures by candlelight is such a calming way to close out the end of the day.

~ "Most cottage gardens would have included plants brought in from the wild." --Philippa Drury

Our 'English inspired' garden is filling in well. Most of the perennials and shrubs are transplants from around the property, but it includes seeds we planted this year.

~My brothers fort, being built between the branches of the Oak.

"O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works." Psalm 71:17

~Because I cook from scratch, often I begin with sauteed onions and garlic. So early this year I planted quite a few rows of both, so its been nice to dig up fresh vidalia onions as we need them.

~I was pleasantly surprised at how mild the flavor was; very different than stored/aged onions. When most of the onions are ready, I'll be braiding & drying them. But for now, it's nice to harvest them as needed!
~"Cottage folk are great lovers of flowers, and their charming little gardens in villages and by the roadside, are some of the most delightful incidents of road-travel in our southern counties..." --The Cottages of Britain: A heritage of Country Life.

~As the sun begins to set across the meadow...

There's peace.