Last weekend we went up to Grey County where we visited some young organic farmers that my husband used to work with in construction. This was fun and nostalgic for us because way back, when we first got together we had this romantic notion of having a sheep farm together. Life does not always lead you where you think you are going however and we did not end up with a farm. This is probably a good thing in our case.
Near Neustadt there is a cluster of organic farms all on one road. It's awesome. We helped out a bit a Devon and Nicole's which is the farm that we have a CSA share in. We visited Amy and Ahren. Amy is an artisan making soap , other beauty items and clothes. The link to her business Sol Beauty is herehttp://www.solbeauty.ca/ . Ahren farms grains and Shitake mushrooms and asparagus. We visited Ben at his permaculture nursery in the Beaver Valley Fiddleheads.Here's the link if you are interested http://fiddleheadnursery.ca/. We drove home on Monday ahead of the rain.
I had booked the rest of the week off work and I spent each day doing a little gardening, a little reading, a little sewing and a little cleaning. We had the wedding shower on Saturday and I wanted things to be a least presentable. I made good progress with the front garden and the parts of the back yard closest to the house. I like the wild natural look, but things have gotten out of hand. Here is a picture of Benni in the sweetgrass in the front garden. I was going to thin it out further but he loves hiding in it and I didn't want to make him move.
The shower was lots of fun! My daughter and her girlfriend came here early on Friday to help get the food ready and set things up. It was also my husbands birthday on Friday. Here's a picture of the spread below. Minus the awesome cake my mother in law made shaped like a double wedding ring.
Speaking of double wedding rings, I'm making good progress on mine. It is about 1/4 quilted. I took the advice at Celebrate Hand Quilting and used a thread similar in colour to the background. I marked with pencil using quarter inch masking tape as a template. I'm stitching a quarter inch from the rings. Here is a picture to show some of the stitching. I'm going to have to take a course or a workshop to get better at taking photos. One thing leads to another when you start blogging! If I ever figure out how to use a random number generator I'll know I've arrived!
After a busy couple of days getting ready for the shower and then hosting it, I'll be happy to have some down time today enjoying the clean house and tidy garden and slow stitching the double wedding ring. Linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's blog.