It's that time of year again. The time of year when I start tucking all sorts of goodness away for use in the Winter. I love the feeling I get from putting things by. It is getting quite cold up here at nights now (we had to cover our tomatoes at night already and it looks like tomorrow will be frosty up here as well) so I've decided to start gathering all my herbs for freezing and drying.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme...and basil! ;-)
I've just recently become a fan of Red Clover thanks to Susun Weed's books.
Mullein grows like...well, like a weed around here and so this year I decided to finally try making Mullein flower ear oil. I picked a basket of the flowers and let them dry for a few hours to get any moisture off.
Then I put them in a jar and covered them in warm oil. They will sit in the sunshine for awhile so the oil can absorb all the goodness from the flowers. This is supposed to make a fantastic healing oil for sore ears.
The next day E and I went down (when it was not windy!) and he decided he would make a walking stick out of one of the branches for a gift. He worked on it while I did some knitting and then he decided to make two more. ;-)
I also found a patch of wild mint on this property so we will use this for teas. Love all the goodness available if you are willing to look.
And, since it was a long weekend and we had decided not to go camping, we had to be sure to make time for fun as well. We found a new spot to hike. We love hiking along creeks and I couldn't resist taking a snap of the guys playing a game we like to play called Sink the Boat!! Kinda like poo sticks except then you use rocks to bomb the sticks you've thrown in. ;-) You can see here that the biggest "boy" (AKA Dad) quite likes this game and tends to get a little carried away.
Those who were so inclined went mountain biking in mud (and a little snow apparently). There biking clothes are sitting out in the rain with the hopes that Mother Nature will do some of the work of stain removal. ;-)
Those who were not inclined to bike in mud and snow stayed home and picked herbs, sat in the sun knitting, and took photos of pretty butterflies
The guys have been squirreling too. They have been cutting up large amounts of firewood to get us through this Winter. Unfortunately there are load of dead pine trees around here (killed off by Pine beetle) but it does make it so that free firewood is not hard to come by. It turns out that E has quite a deep love for chopping wood. He has been chopping kindling every spare moment he has. He seems also to be unusually (for him) organized when it comes to wood. He has his old wagon stacked up full and nicely and on the weekend I noticed this box out in the wood shed area.
I opened it up to find it filled with more kindling. Nice and tidy.