Our Week so Far and Black and White Wednesday

It is wonderful to be blogging again after this long absence… Thank you so much to everyone who sent me emails to see if all was well over this side of the world, I really appreciate it:) We are very well, we have had a lack of internet connection, which has only come back on in the last half an hour, so here I am:)  and I have had some wonderful custom yarn orders to fill which have kept me busy for the last few days. I am so enjoying the hint of Spring that is on its way. We have been working in our garden, planting fruit trees, I found different varieties of Almonds, Naartjies, Plums and Nectarines…. so exciting, AND, I even found two varieties of Pear!! Our apricots are in flower and so are our nut trees! I cannot wait to see if they fruit, it will be their first year of fruiting:) Our asparagus is sending out the most amazing thick shoots from the earth, so our veggie garden and orchard are looking good! We have planted three different varieties of lettuce and we are already eating our cauliflowers. We have also discovered that our new chickens have started to lay the sweetest little eggs. I love Spring, the buds on the trees, the green leaves, all so beautiful!
We have always recycled our paper and glass, but now we are able to recycle plastic as well which is amazing, even though we try to buy everything in glass, it is not always possible and now we can take it off to a recycling centre.  All our veggie peelings either go into our compost heap or our worm bins and I also have another wonderful little composter, called the Bokashi Composter which is amazing. We are really trying to reduce our Carbon Footprint as much as possible and be self sufficient. We are getting there…
I love that every time I walk around to switch on our water tank, I am met with the wonderful fragrance of Jasmine…
Our blossoming fruit trees…
We have almost planted up all of our veggie beds. We have stopped planting veggies in the new veggie garden and turned it into a small orchard as the Hadedas‘ fly in and dig our produce right out of the ground, roots and all…
Our Oak tree has green leaves…
My new Pear tree has blossoms! Do ya think there will be fruit?
We have also been dehydrating this week and the strawberry and banana fruit roll Erin made was awesome! I also made broccoli chips, yum!
This is what has been keeping me busy… Jenna also loves to dye yarn, she has been helping her mama and I love that she is learning along the way… Our new custom hand painted yarns…
Peacock Rainbow
Pastel Rainbow
Black and White Wednesday:

Caiden and Kye washing their dad’s car together when Kye was still 2 and a half…
Happy Wednesday!
Shannon is also having a wonderful giveaway at the moment.

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19 Responses to Our Week so Far and Black and White Wednesday

  1. Dawn August 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Springtime in South Africa looks amazing! Your garden is beautiful. I love the car washing photo. 🙂

  2. Tammy August 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    I just love this post! Beautiful jasmine, sweet asparagus shoots, gorgeous yarn, etc…

    Happy spring to you all! We are just heading into autumn here. 🙂

  3. The Sitting Tree August 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Such beautiful colors of yarn~

  4. Bec August 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    I love spring too! its such an exciting time watching everything awaken from winter slumber and fun to see what new things bloom too! The fruit roll looks yummy and I love the pic of the asparagus.

  5. Kelly August 26, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Hello Linda, Lady Spring is certainly blessing your garden. Such beautiful yarns. Happy week to you.

  6. Moment to Moment August 26, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    It is really so wild to observe springtime coming your way, as we here are feeling the certain approach of fall time, the air is slightly, although very definitely, crisper.
    I love it, and I love to then come here and get a reminder of spring…
    🙂 Christina

  7. Shannon August 26, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    Oh my! what a beautiful piece of earth you have.. an spring really has sprung for you. we are having out last blast of cold I think before the heat comes.
    i think you will have fruit on the beautiful pear tree, just need to talk the bees into doing a little cross pollination for you. And how fabulous does your asparagus look!
    Love the wool you have been dying and love the b&w…I have a picture like that somewhere, off to look for it now!

  8. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings August 26, 2010 at 2:49 am #

    Truly, you live in an enchanted land! Cauliflower in early spring. And this enchantment carries through in your beautiful creations. Gorgeous yarn, as always 🙂

  9. momma rae August 26, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    what a post!! your yard is stunning! i would love to spend some time there. 🙂

    i completely spaced getting an e-mail from you about my dehydrator until i just read about yours (mommy brain?). mine is a standard one, maybe an oster? it is fairly basic. i finally used it the other day to dry some nuts i had soaked (one of the main reasons i wanted one, but there are so many!). your treats look delicious!! broccoli chips? sounds intriguing!

    LOVE those yarns. your colors are just gorgeous.

  10. suzanne August 26, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Happy Almost Spring day Linda. Your garden trees are looking heavenly. mine are on their way too. Just catching up on some of your posts. Your wool is looking lovely! I think its time to bring out my white elephant spinning wheel…I am inspired for sure.

    A happy day to you

  11. Baa-Me Kniits August 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Loving the garden…well done to you, such a lot of hard work and it looks stunning!

    That asparagus look delicious, I don’t know if it would grow up here but if it did I would have to keep it under lock and key…my kids are like locusts in the garden 🙂

    Dehydrated brocolli chips, never heard of that but sure looks like a winner!

    And finally go you use hot or cold dyes with your wool? It looks so vibrant!!

  12. Linda August 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Dear Baa-Me Kniits:)
    Thanks for your lovely comment. I mix my dyes with hot water and use them once they are cool and then I dye my yarn in my sun stove. It really works wonderfully and all I use is the sun:)

  13. Rachel August 26, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Your yarns, if I could buy them all up I would!! Oh the things I could make with them. My fingers are itching. 😀

    We’re heading off on a road trip as well. Safe travels to you and yours!!

  14. K August 27, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    Is THAT what jasmine actually looks like? Oh, I’m with Rae; your piece of earth is just stunning. And far more productive than my bit, which runs to grass, ground cover, rocks and puppies (with a rustic bridge or two thrown in). I love a garden – and a great gardener. And wish I had it in me. I also love the peacock rainbow. I am already making horses out of it in my head. Think I might just drop by the store –

  15. Valarie August 30, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Oh Look how beautiful spring is over there. We are still having many warm days but I can feel the changing of seasons. The yarn is absolutely divine.

  16. earthboysblog September 1, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    Dear Linda, your garden looks amazing, so fresh and green with all those beautiful fruit blossoms – I’m sure it all smells so delicious. We are also enjoying our camping trip. Now in a beautiful place in the mountains of N. Mexico alongside a pristine lake. We will stay here for a while then we head to Colorado.

    I hope you enjoyed a wonderful trip with your family.

  17. Kathryn Ray September 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    It’s beautiful to see your shots of spring as we are making our own transition into fall… The internet is truely an amazing thing. 🙂

  18. Dutch Hollow September 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    What fun yarn colors!

  19. WonderWhyGal September 11, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Thank you for sharing a bit of your life. Those photos are amazing. I know I should be focusing on the yarn but I am blown away from your beautiful garden and trees.

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