Happy New Year to you all! I haven't posted anything in such a long time I've decided to do a brief timeline in photos of what we've been up to since the summer. On the right is a bee tree. The kids and I saw this when we were on the Terry Fox run in Milford. These are honey bees living in a tree just like in a story book. On the left is a honey bee gathering nectar from the goldenrod flowers. This is one of their main sources of nectar and pollen in the late summer and fall.
The end of summer is the time to harvest and dry as many herbs as we can.
We use a lot of mint in our herbal teas. This basket is one of many we harvested and dried this year. We made a pitcher of fresh mint tea after harvesting as much as we could carry.
At some point I found time to do my first painting in ages. It was a donation for a fundraiser for the Regent Theatre in Picton. I worked from a photograph I took of a honey bee on a poppy. I usually work from life but in this case a photo was the way to go. It's oil paint on plywood. It's very small - I think a foot square. I was so happy to be painting again, I think I'll use some more of my bees on flowers photos and make a whole series.
We grew a lot of dry beans this year and had so much fun shelling them
and sorting them into jars. This kind is called molasses face. The
kids would often come home from school and sit down on the floor and
start working on the beans. Once Hazel looked up at me while I was
explaining something to her and said, "Actually, I prefer silence while
I'm shelling beans Mama."
While not a very beautiful photo, this is very exciting for us. These
are the first of many experiments in mead making. We used a fun and
easy recipe for grocery store mead from here.
While the one on the left seemed to be fermenting the slowest it turned
out to have the best flavour when we tasted it over Christmas. It was
made with our Tea Party tea mixed with honey. The herbs in the Tea
Party tea are elder flowers, sumac and red clover. Now we want to try all the teas as mead.
One of a Kind Show in Toronto. This was our third year having a booth at their Christmas show. It was a real marathon - 11 days long - but worth it in the end. We managed to have fun and stay healthy through the whole show! Dressing up helps a lot.