Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Morningtide in My Kitchen.....


Dearest Readers,

It is a lovely morningtide here at Honey Hill Farm.  The sun is shining through the pantry window, sending lovely sunlight into my wee kitchen as it begins to chase the early dawn shadows away....


I love the way the light sparkles on my "tin" ceiling.....(not really tin, just textured wallpaper painted and glazed to look that way)


My dear old lamp looks her loveliest in the morning sunshine....


What an enchanting way to start the day!

I am truly blessed to live in this grand old house.....

Now I am off to the greenhouse....it is almost complete on the inside...it has turned out so darling, I can't wait to share.


Yours so kindredly,
Shan





Thursday, March 1, 2012

Gentle Living.....


Dearest Readers,

Our gentle life here on our little homestead is full to over-flowing!  We have begun and finished so many tasks and yet the list of "to do's" is still quite long....

We have finished the construction of our passive solar greenhouse and now I can begin to paint and organize the inside.  I have until the end of March to have everything in order so that we may start our seedlings in anticipation of planting in the garden.  I am always in a rush to set about gardening out-of-doors and I have been fooled many times by a late Spring storm.....not this year, I vow to wait until late May!

We ordered and just received a Solar Oven and I cannot wait to try my hand cooking with the sunshine.  Alas, today we have clouds and snow, so I will have to be patient for a few days longer.  Dearest and I are hoping to incorporate more solar power here on our little homestead this year and use the money saved on our electric & gas bill to deepen our food pantry.

I have spent quite a bit of time rearranging my canned goods and canning equipment.  I took all my lovely canned produce and put it down in the cellar.  While I just adore looking at sparking jars of the summer's bounty every time I step into my pantry, it was really not a suitable environment for long-term food storage...just too much sunlight and far too warm, especially on the top shelf.  Of course, I now will need more shelving down in the cellar to hold my ever expanding food pantry, so I have added it to our list.

My sewing/craft room was also rearranged, as I was able to incorporate a base kitchen cabinet.  It has a built-in glass cutting board and it will serve as a wonderful work station for my more messy projects. We had been saving it for quite some time, as it had been displaced from the kitchen when I added my lovely old stove.  I love to re-purpose and re-use!


A wee bit of sewing, baking and cleaning round out my days.....all, in all a very gentle life indeed.

Yours kindredly,
Shan