Monday, March 21, 2011

The Blessings of Everyday...


View of the side porch and cottage garden
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These beautiful pre-spring days have flown by, and now the month is nearly over! Where has the time gone...please forgive my tardiness. I need to slow down and update more often :)
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We go on ahead and let some of our greens bloom at the end of the season.
Click here to see my post on these lovely edible blossoms!
~My sister uprooting some collards
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As we slowly begin to fill our garden with tomatoes and other veggies for the season, we start to remove the winter greens that we so enjoyed during the cooler months.
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Mother gives a much-needed trim to the bushes..

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As I weed the garden, I'm kept company by my ginger cat as always.
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My sister decides to bring in fresh flowers to brighten the table
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This flowering shrub blooms while its still chilly,
so its a cheery encouragement that Spring is on its way....
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From out-of-doors to the kitchen table.
Paired with the fragrant red-bud tree blossoms.
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Outside in our compost heap, 'volunteer' collard and cucumber seedlings have begun to spring up!
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Our blueberry bushes are beginning to fill in. Everyday we're working hard to keep them mulched heavily to prevent weeds. This will be their 2nd year, and I'm looking forward to it! We recently had cheesecake w/ homemade blueberry jam as a garnish, and it was lovely.
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We have the infamous squeaky screen door, and it has a habit of sticking because our doorway is a bit uneven. So my brother decided to start working on it and now its repaired!
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Heirloom tomatoes ready to be planted...
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Once again, homegrown collards to go with dinner.
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Country meals are historically simple ones--families would often eat seasonally/locally, therefore considering the fresh, wholesome foods a normal 'poor mans' resource, not specialty like it is today.
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To me, home-cooked food is slow food. Ingredient by ingredient you create a masterpiece that can differ slightly every time, but be as warm and familiar as a fond childhood memory.
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Situated against the old shed, a vibrant flowering quince makes its appearance!
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A peek into one of our projects:
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We have a vintage (airstream) camper that makes a wonderful spot for reading...
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Its far enough from the house that it feels like a get-away, tucked right alongside the woods...
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Filled with inspiring books and stashes of old fabric...
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'Tis one of our many hiding places :)

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By request...
I was asked to post more on our dresses. We didn't sew these, although I am drafting a dress based on the simple style. My Mother purchased these over 8 yrs ago along with other antique/vintage dresses..she never paid more than $5 for any of them. Those were the days that you could find true gems in the secondhand stores before they became popular!
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Recently I traveled out of state with a friend to attend a re-enactment. It was a four day event, and it went by so fast! We camped in an A-frame canvas tent, and even used hay as mattresses and insulation. The temperature did drop though, but we kept (somewhat) warm!
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It was good to camp next to old friends from our last event, and we had fun reminiscing and bringing up stories that happened the last time we were all together.
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My friend had some luck at antique shops, and (when the public wasn't around) we enjoyed looking through her collection of tintypes and daguerreotypes she brought along. Referencing to portraits like these really help us to sharpen our authenticity and continue to learn more about the 1860s.
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Once you dive into re-enacting, most start to collect authentic items or reproductions that you can take to events to improve your impression. Since my friend and I came as poor refugees, I could literally stuff all my belongings in a large basket.
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I don't have many photos because at events I try to keep photography to a minimum. There were spectators everywhere (all day. every day), and so I really tried to be in character around visitors. However, I did dress the same as I did last year in this post. A few times it was requested for me to sing (songs from the era), which I think the spectators enjoyed.
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Back home...
My brother began building this dwelling as a project using scrap wood
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Pear blossoms in the afternoon sun
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In the front yard we're creating an English inspired hedge/flower garden. Its in its early stages, but everyday we've been transplanting bushes, perennials, bulbs, wild roses and other plants from around the property. Its an old-fashioned way to garden, using your own native and local plants that are accustomed to your region.
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~A setting sun beaming across the flowers in the meadow~
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Spring has officially arrived.