ramps

Weekend links and photos

Today I am so very thankful that the month of May has thirty-one days. I wasn’t prepared to turn the calendar and accept the arrival of June quite yet.

We’ve got one more day to get ready. A morning to shop for sun hats, shake down grass seed on the bare patches of lawn and then bake something delicious with rhubarb. An afternoon to take one more walk to look for morels and gather a handful of delicate lily of the valley before they disappear into the ground for another year. And one last evening in May to draw a deep breath before plunging into the busiest, most exciting summer this family has ever experienced.

Thank you to all who commented, emailed and messaged me after my post on gaining perspective. I’ve been fortunate to have a bunch of encouraging conversations, some straight-up solid advice, and a mountain of support – all which have left me with courage and confidence to face each unique situation in my life. I’ve found peace and am very grateful for the support of friends who get me.

A new podcast, a family food website and recipes, here’s what I’ve been loving around the web this week:

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Clara's spring picnic

Weekend links and photos

Yesterday was the last big push to get the garden planted, and my sore back this morning is a reminder of work well done.

The rain held off until the last seedling was tucked into the raised bed and then it fell gently, as if to bless our efforts. I’ll share a few garden photos soon, even though it’s just starting to come alive.

This week, I started reading The Secret Garden aloud to the boys before bed. I haven’t read this classic in probably twenty years and I found myself drawn in to Mary’s story all over again. There are so many characters to love: Dickon. Ben Weatherstaff. Susan Sowerby.

As spring comes to our homestead, we’ll be reading about changes at Misselthwaite Manor and how the robin showed the way to the secret garden. It seems apropos.

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family picnic time

Weekend links and photos

A lot of lovely things happened this week, although none of them were blogging, for better or worse.

Let’s see, there was a morning spent teaching a cooking class to twenty-five 4th graders, which made my palms damp and my heart swell with pride. I discovered it’s just as much fun teaching in a classroom setting than it is in my kitchen.

There was more gardening and planting, including a Concord grape vine, which I am hoping will eventually grow to cover my pergola. It will, right? Grapes vines are new to me, but I am hopeful for future jam, juice and jelly.

There was recipe testing in earnest for a few freelance projects and my next cookbook. There was a Mother’s Day picnic planned and then cancelled, due to rain. There was Saturday’s rained out barbecue and Thursday’s cinq à sept with local food bloggers, which not surprisingly, finished at midnight.

There were a few interviews for a few upcoming publications and one lady asked a question that really got me thinking: “What kind of strengths do you think city folk have that could lend themselves to a homesteading lifestyle?” I thought about writing a post on it…but then writing time was scarce this week.

Then there was this post, which kept me hopping for the better part of the day trying to make sure this little blog didn’t crash with the traffic. Welcome, new readers! It’s been a full week; now onto favourite links and photos.

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coffee cups

Weekend Links and 20 Canadian Instagramers Who Make Me Hungry

This week was rather extraordinary, in the very literal sense of the word; there were a handful of rare, and very special events.

On Sunday we met our newest nephew and there is nothing so wonderful as holding a seven-pound newborn bundle. Then Spring finally got her act together and bestowed us with a week of glorious warm weather which made the grass turn a pale shade of green and the wild ramps grow three inches in the back forest.

I even spotted rhubarb buds in the garden. It’s starting!

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drinks bar Easter

Weekend links and photos

This week was a range of ups and downs, including a wisdom tooth extraction for me which I’m still slowly recovering from.

On the bright side, warm rains melted nearly all of our snow, I found the first ramp on the forest floor, and we had sap running all week. I’ll be bringing you a short update on our small scale sugaring off operation later this week, but first, here’s what I’ve been loving around the web.

Hit the jump for a few of our Easter photos. Brunch, lunch, and more brunch.

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