October 30, 2016

Saturday in October--Pies and leaves and wood and friends

After our walk in the woods, we came back to do some pie making and talking. In the interest of honesty, I will state that I contributed nothing to pie making. Unless you consider picture taking part of the process.

Lily wanted to get in on the pie making. Tori nicely let her measure.

Orianna brought her flute over for some coaching from Fiona.

Rilla read Archie

Elliott played on a keyboard and talked to himself. We love Elliott!

Back to the kitchen

Kitchen work is much more fun when there is talking to be had.

Orianna got to help, too.

Leaves we brought back from our walk. I consider it a great sadness that leaves can't just stay looking like this. But no. Within a few hours, they are curled and less bright. Sigh. 

Lily admiring the apple pie she helped Tori make.

Elsie getting a Livie squeeze.

Gilbert getting Tori and Fiona snuggles

Inspired by the Great British Baking Show, Livie made two meat pies, a tortierre and a venison pie. 


Justin spent the day in the shop, fixing the backhoe.

Dad talking politics with the feed salesman.

Sweet pink girls!

The kids were antsy in the afternoon, so we went on a drive to see the cows.

Sarah bonded with Beauty

These two were not amused.

I love this picture! Sarah is pretty awesome. 

Mama cow and her mini-me. 

Meanwhile Elliott ignored everything and read a Donald Duck.

Taking a break from wood cutting.

Last swing of the summer!


Uncle Owen and Elsie

Grandma and Abilene

Justin got the backhoe going!! 

Smoothing the driveway

Daisy being over-loved by enthusiastic kids

Fiona playing the piano


Orianna put Abilene asleep

Celebrating Alice and Ashley's birthday at union meeting.

These girls! 

October 25, 2016

A walk in the woods to visit the woodcutters

While Livie was home, Scott and Sarah and Fiona and Clover and Evan all came up for the weekend. (That is a lot of "and.")
We had a lovely time!
For some reason, my pictures are not refocusing as they normally do when I enlarge them on here. Hopefully they do it when I post this. Otherwise they are all a little out of focus.
Saturday morning, people were cutting wood in the woods and the kids were a little stir crazy, so we went to see the woodcutters.

Elsie brought along her plastic snake. Because, why not?
And yes, Saturday's are the day when I don't do my daughter's hair. No judging!

Elsie skipping with her snake.

This girl is lovely.

For some reason, there is definite segregation between the yellow and red trees. No blending for them!

Tori heard us coming and came out to see what we were up to. She must have super hearing to hear little kids approaching over the whine of chainsaws. Or these kids are super loud. Either one. Or both.

Serious discussion

Loading up the dump wagon

Cutting. There are loads of windfall trees every year, so there is always plenty of wood to cut.

Strong people

The kids had to help too

And then we decided we were done with all that noise. So we wandered off.

If you pretend the snotty nose isn't happening, this is a sweet picture.

Feeling the soft wooly lambs ears.


Old friends

Tires and brambles

Grandpa's big truck. They wanted to try it as a slide, but being boring, I said no.

When I was looking through my pictures, I was trying to remember where this trail was and why I took this picture. Then I realized it is the creek. This is how much water was in the creek. None. For a few months now, the creek has been dusty and grassy. We had a heavy three days of rain last week, so now it looks proper again, but it was so dry this summer.

Talking cousins