Here is a picture of the Christmas full moon, peeking through the trees in our front yard.
The chickens in their new inside-the-barn coop. They are loving the new nesting boxes!
This picture was taken before Christmas. The boys made Christmas trees using chocolate, pretzels and various toppings (gluten free graham crackers + marshmallows, crushed candy canes, cranberries + slivered almonds). They had a blast, and they were yummy! We made lots and gifted them to our local friends :)
This wonderful fellow was standing upright before a lot of rain came, but I liked him even more so when he was leaning back and happily peering up at the winter sky! The boys created him while I was working away on my chores. They are quite adept at snowman-construction!
On Christmas day, there was a foamy heart in the center of my cranberry sauce!
Jason's homeschooling charts - mostly letter blends :)
All tucked up in the barn, cozy and warm! Turnip (my black sheep) is rarely in photographs because she runs straight to me for snuggles and nibbles on my sleeve while I try to take pictures!
The quail in their winter-home. They have lots of room in there, and the boys 'decorated' the space in quail fashion, with a play castle, bark tunnels, a bucket full of warm hay, etc..The quail get quite excited when I do the morning and evening rounds, peeping and running to the door. They are very sweet.
Bean, tomato and noodle soup. Beans, tomatoes, onions and chicken stock all from our homestead!
Blocks of tens and ones that Jason whipped up to help the kiddos.
There was an ice storm and the world was so very beautiful.
I love our barn door.
We'll be getting to this pile of firewood next year, I suppose!
THIS is my very first, very lumpy and crazy-looking skein of handspun wool.
I made it!Using Turnip's lovely black wool, I taught myself how to spin, and then wrapped it on my niddy-noddy. I cannot tell you how happy I am to finally be spinning the wool from my sheep!
I ordered myself a bran-new spinning wheel to learn on (and a drum carder! I really treated myself!!), as the antique wheel I was gifted was just too difficult for me.
My second skein is already much more uniform-looking so I am actually improving, thank goodness. Spinning on a wheel has got to be the most cathartic activity I have ever done. I love it.
Jason and Jude going for a walk.
Turnip, Noble, Teapot and Pippin, waiting for their dinner :)
Jude working on his 'marshmallow math'.
And Ollie too!
Ollie is only four, but he wants to do everything his big brother does, and so he does!
Such a clever cookie!
Jude's new favourite thing - cross-country skiing!
He practices on the road, as it is fairly flat and there is snow along the sides. I walk with him and pull Ollie in a sled. Lots of fun!
Jude has fun whether he is skiing or falling down!
And this is really something - Returning to the house yesterday, we spotted a rainbow seemingly streaming in - or beaming out of - our house. What a sight! On a cold and wintery and totally rainless day, a rainbow! And really not a rainbow at all, because there was no bow, but a line going straight up and down. Beautiful!