Sunday, September 27, 2009

Parable of the Growing Seed

"He was saying, 'The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts up and grows-how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.' "
Mark 4:20

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Candy Corn Pots!

A quick little craft for Harvest Time decorating!
I bought several tiny little terra cotta pots
and painted them to look like candy corn!
These make cute little favors for your Harvest table.

"While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease."
Genesis 8:22

Friday, September 25, 2009

Weekend Wanderings! Part 2

Traveling again up along Hood Canal toward
Washington's Victorian Seaport, Pt. Townsend.

We pass thru the quaint little villages of Hoodsport and Lilliwaup,

passing by many beach side homes and summer cottages,

pass the Dosewallips State Park in Brinnon
(where my eldest daughter worked her first job as a Park Aid)

drive thru the foothills of the majestic Olympic Mts
on Walker Pass, and into the 'if-you-blink-you'll-miss-it' town of Quilcene.

Here the road forks and we take the 'road less traveled' to the right

and head for our first stop on the Jefferson County Farms Tour,
a tour of the counties 13 farms that produce edibles for restaurants,
farmers markets and home markets.

There happened to be a Fiber Farm Tour the same day,
farms which produce wool and products made from wool.

These farms were scattered all across the county
~ 13 farms and 4 fiber farms~
way too many to visit in the 6 hours they were open.

We only had time to visit 4 with all the driving and sightseeing in between!

The first farm that we came to that was open for the tour,
was Taylored Fibers Farm, owned by
Barry and Linda Taylor of Quilcene, WA
"Barry and Linda Taylor raise an assortment of sheep bred for wool and for meat on 10 acres of property that is shared with two horses and a llama. Barry has had extensive experience processing wool in Australia and on the East Coast of the United States. He has used that experience to develop his own wool carding business. Visitors to his farm will have the opportunity to view his equipment and learn more about how raw fleece is turned into beautiful dyed roving."
Before we *meet* Barry, I want to show you the neatest little invention since sliced bread!
This is the HansenCrafts MiniSpinner, the most ingenious little spinning wheel ever!
(Please click on the link to learn about this wheel, the inventor and the adventures of he and his wife, Beth, while living on a sailing boat in Tasmania!)
Now, I don't spin, I don't have a spinning wheel, I don't even have sheep (or llamas or alpaca's) for wool. I have tried spinning a tiny little bit when I purchases a beautiful Ashford
wheel for my eldest daughter's birthday some years ago. Our neighbors kindly gave of a whole fleece, which I washed, and picked over and washed, and washed some more
and finally hand carded into some rollogs, which I then tried to spin into some yarn.
I think I did alright for a beginner. But I never did more than fill one spool.
Below, Beth demonstrates her handy little Mini. She let me try my hand, but lets just say you won't be getting any handmade sweaters or scarves for Christmas! :~O

Here is Barry and his magnificent carding machine!
On the left is some unwashed fleece, which he calls 'greasy wool'.
He must wash it (ever so gently ~ more like soaking and pushing it around several times)
and remove the large pieces of twigs and straw and dirt.
Then it is placed on the carding machine where it is pulled into the drums
with small fine teeth to be 'combed' into the lovely carded wool!
(That man must have the softest skin ~ just touching the unwashed fleece
leaves lanolin on your hands. I can't imagine what it would be like working with the wool all day!)
Gentleman Farmer enjoyed the demonstration of the machine very much as he said it is a little like the large lumber planer he runs at his job.
(Very little, to my way of thinking!)

Next stop ~ Wild Harvest Creamery.
"Wild Harvest is a diversified, sustainable, family farm supplying out local community. We employ rotational grazing systems that harness the complementary nature of our livestock. We raise both dairy goats and dairy sheep, and make cheese during our 10-month milking season. We also offer whey-fed pork, heritage turkeys, free range duck & chicken eggs. During the fall & winter, when we are not milking, we host day-long workshops in cheesemaking, lambing & kidding, animal husbandry, and other topics."
Here are some of the 'girls'.

Heritage Turkeys

Oops! One escaped and is trying to get back to his 'heritage'.

A couple of those 'whey-fed' porkers!
(Like yesterday ~ blogger has blessed me with a sideways photo!)

Back on the road again for a drive out to beautiful Marrowstone Island.
Here we tour the Mystery Bay Farm and sample some of the delicious soft goat cheese.
"Mystery Bay Farm is a family run, micro-goat dairy on Marrowstone Island. We are equally committed to the long-tern health of our soils and to the exceptional quality of our products. Our ecological farming practices turn a diversity of plants into cheese. Since our goats 'are what they eat,' we judiciously monitor their food. In turn, they provide high quality milk with undertones of our maritime climate. We only substitute their varied pasture with local hay (which we cut during the peak of seasonal protein levels), seaweed and organic grain."

Scott (owner) said it was nap time and this was one of their favorite places to rest.
(Kinda reminds me of my lumpy mattress!)

We head back down toward Quilcene with just enough time for one more
fiber farm, Jacob's Fleece run by Jan Gillanders.
"Jacob's Fleece farm is 40 acres located in the hills above Quilcene. Jan's flock is primarily made up of Jacop Sheep, a unique breed known for its black and white spots and for its multiple horns. For the tour she has invited other fiber artists to be at her farm to demonstrate the process of turning raw fleece into a finished product."
This cast of characters greet you!

The ladies doing their thing (in the cleanest barn I have ever seen!)

Some of their lovely finished products in the fading sunlight.

Smile for the camera!

The epitome of a farm girl ~ straw hangin' out her mouth!

Love the 'do'!
We did have a little picnic lunch on the beach at a St. Park on Marrowstone Island
and we did stop at one other farm ~ which took me back to my younger days and Woodstock!
I didn't take any pictures there ~ what happens on that farm, stays on that farm!
Most of these farms are located in the valley of the homestead of Betty McDonald, author of
the Egg and I. (Think Ma and Pa Kettle!) You drive past the road named for the book.
I didn't forget the photo's for the guys!
Driving back down the canal and again into Brinnon,
we spotted a large herd of elk that had earlier crossed the highway
and were having their late afternoon meal and rest.
This made the trip worth it for Gentleman Farmer!
He got a nice shot of the Bull elk checking on his harem!

Thanks for joining us on our Weekend Wanderings!
"They wandered in the wilderness.."
Psalms 107:4

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Weekend Wanderings! Part 1

Every September for the last 15 years, or so, I, along with another member of my family,have been attending the Victorian Homes Tour in Pt. Townsend.
This has become a yearly tradition.
My eldest daughter and I have been going together for several years,
and before that, my youngest and I would go with her girl scout troop.
And a couple of years I have even persuaded Gentleman Farmer to tag along.
My usual partner was ill this last weekend, youngest daughter lives in New York
so guess who was given the pleasure of my company? ;~D
We did have a merry Saturday, just the two of us.
But we would like to invite you to tag along, if you please.
(Sadly, they don't allow pictures of the inside of the homes, but I hope
you enjoy the photos of the outside and even the inside of a church
and antique auto museum ~ which saved the day for poor Gentleman Farmer!)
This is the order we visited.
Captain Thomas & Lizzie Grant House
circa 1887
"Built in the Italian Villa style, this multi-story house is typical of the
local fashion for low-pitched, simple hipped roofs with elaborate brackets.
In the front, the large bay windows flood the house with sunlight. The original wallpaper in the parlor was from Paris. The cast iron surrounds on all three fireplaces in the house have been painted to resemble Tennessee Rose marble. There are five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a parlor, library, kitchen and dining room."

Horton-Bendixen House
circa 1889
"This lovely multi-story house is identified as a recently renovated Folk Victorian. It has moderate carpenter Gothic trim, spindle work gable tresses, ornate bargeboards, and a hood over the upper fish-scale shingles on the gables."

Notice the unusual chimney piece!

Clark Aldrich House
circa 1891
"Although sometimes lost in the shadow of the big glorified Victorian homes, dozens of smaller homes like this one still shelter families and 'are Port Townsend's hidden gems.' This house is significant as an example of a home built during the town's brief 'boom period' of the late 1880's. It has elements of Queen Anne style without the full set of decorative elements typical of the style. The house is generally intact, with only minor changes to its historic appearance."
We were informed that this house was built as a rental of the time.

First Presbyterian Church
cornerstone laid 1875
"This beautiful church displays an ornate pipe organ built in Oakland, California, by Whalley and Genung. The sanctuary has three vaulted stained glass windows on two side walls. Other features of the sanctuary are the ornate wainscoting, oak pews, and the wood paneling in a vaulted design that outlines the back of the altar."

Daniel Haddock Hill House
This spacious, wonderful home was once a much simpler and smaller building similar to a New England farmhouse. The current residents have lovingly turned the house into one of the jewels of this historic neighborhood, adding and restoring period details and appropriate landscaping. They began reconstruction in 1990 and, although much of the exterior and nearly all of the interior is new, the original character of the house has been maintained."

Lucinda Hastings House
circa 1891
"This large two-story house provides a commanding view of the bay and is admirable arranged throughout. The stairway of solid oak displays some of the very excellent work done by the Hastings Lumber & Mfg. Co.'s Mill, with newels carved to represent the most perfect oak leaves, acorns, etc. The stairway is lighted by the three windows of jewel glass at the first landing. The builder assembled a wealth of rich interior details in oak and applied to the exterior the customary brackets and spindles associated with Victorian well-being."

Now for the guy stuff!
Ladies, if you don't want to stick around for the rest of this, I understand.
But this was the only reason I had a travel companion on this day!
I was compelled to take photos, and I have to admit,
some of this was rather interesting.
Just don't look too closely ~ it was run by a very interesting fellow!
(I did try not to take photos of the minimally clad pin-up girls ,etc. but I may have missed something!)
Gentleman Farmer never sees this stuff ~ he is busily investigating boxes of auto gadgets and talking cars with the guys!

(Sorry about that photo above ~ Would someone tell me why blogger does this!?)

This was a long, pleasant day, but we were glad to head back because
"be it ever so humble, there is no place like home"
" As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his home."
Proverbs 27:8
(Tomorrow ~ pictures of the next day's wanderings, back to Pt. Townsend and the Jefferson County's WSU Farm Tour and Fiber Farm Tour. This one is mostly girl stuff, but again, a little something at the end for the guys. Hope to see you then!)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

White Wednesday

Joining Kathleen today for White Wednesday!
For more White, head over to Faded Charm Cottage.
Clothed in White





"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;"

Revelation 3:5

Monday, September 21, 2009

Giveaway at Country Hearts at Home!

Christa is having a Giveaway!
Just look at these sweet heart applique pincushions!
You can tell Christa is a wonderful quilter and
can you guess why she chose Hearts?
Head on over to meet Christa and for your chance to win
one of these beautiful handmade pincushions!
"God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7
New post in The Sewing Room!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fruit of the Spirit

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control: against such things
there is no law."
Galatians 5:22&23

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

White Wednesday

Today is my first time joining Kathleen over at Faded Charm Cottage
for White Wednesday!
If you would like to see more White
please stop over and see who else is joining in.

These are some White things outside here at Cove Cottage Farm!
New White gate

White phlox


Moss on an old White board fence

Queen Anne's Lace


White edged Bishop's Weed

Black and White feathers on Grumpy
(just look at her expression and know why she was named thus!
She has an attitude to match!)

White seed head on Milkweed

White whiskers on Cricket

"Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."
Psalms 51:7