Handmade Yarn Needles

blog wooden yarn needlesTake one dried branch, a rotary tool, and a bit of time, and what do you get? Handmade wooden yarn needles from eco sourced materials. Sourced local, made local, made by hand, and each one is unique. Pretty cool. I’ll be making more of these soon.

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Planter Potatoes

blog potatoes_6576This year we have been trying new things in the yard and garden with less of a focus on flowers and more of a focus on food. To me it made more sense to put my time and water into something we can eat.

In the past I have only attempted to grow potatoes once, it was a disaster. Not a single potato. So I abandoned the idea of growing potatoes for years. This year I decided to try something different and grow potatoes in planters.

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This week we had some excitement. I stuck my hand deep into the planter and I found a potato. Success. Compared to last time one potato was a huge success. So yesterday we decided to see how we had done as the foliage on the potato plant in this planter had died back.

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The kids dug and dug. Each time they found a potato they were thrilled. Other than two mushy ones, all the rest were perfect.

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In the end we filled most of a very large bowl with potatoes (and a couple of onions from the flowerbed too!).

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I still have one more planter full of potatoes to harvest, plus I planted a few in our back yard as well. It looks like even the ones in the ground have done well.

We will definitely be planting potatoes in planters again next year.

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Poppies and Painting

blog_6204Poppies were the inspiration for a painting started at the Coutts Centre (near Nanton, AB, Canada) yesterday. En Plein Air painting among a beautiful landscape and heritage buildings. A fantastic place to visit and experience.

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