A Modern Herbal. I took lots of pics of the bees in the borage patch. One of them made it to our new series of blank greeting cards - available directly from us at markets and fairs. Coming to the website soon!
At last, we have buckwheat honey! After trying for too many years to admit, we have finally managed to get our second ever crop of buckwheat honey. The first one was back when we were starting out and worked purely on beginner's luck. What we have learned over the years is that the flowers of the buckwheat don't have a lot of nectar. So, if you put your hives on the edge of a field of buckwheat in full bloom in the dark of night and expect the bees to wake up in the morning and get right to work making honey from the strong smelling nectar, you may be disappointed. The bees, in their infinite wisdom, will choose the best source of nectar they can find, not the closest. This year because of the drought there was nothing better for them so they went for the buckwheat. We are delighted to offer this pungent, dark, strong honey. The buckwheat was grown by the good folks at Cherry Vale Organic Farm just down the road from us.
Small Pond Arts scarecrow festival. We made this handsome fellow on a very windy fall day. Hazel drew the face onto the cloth head before we stuffed it with straw. You can tell by the orange mouths on the kids they were having fun. We've enjoyed all the events we've been to at Small Pond, including making shadow puppets, watching a shadow puppet show, Stickfest, Cornography, and just going for a walk in their woods on the art path.
I just couldn't resist snapping a photo of the laundry line full of napkins and tea towels and things with the fall colours looking so beautiful. The path into our woods is right under the laundry line so I always feel like the laundry is a kind of fluttering banner pointing the way into a magical world.
Our woods is the kind of place you can find giant marshmallows growing, I mean giant puffball mushrooms. We told Hazel and Rowan we would sell any puffballs they found and they could keep the money. They sure were excited the day they found about fifteen puffballs between them. When we sold all but the very biggest ones at market the next day they were even more impressed.