A typical afternoon…

Here is an example of a typical afternoon at Double N…
image1 (1)
Lovage, parsley, mint, and dill to go into our potato salad for our workday picnic.
image2
We made the salad with these Adirondack blues and Yukon golds. I am so glad we planted enough to get us through the fall and winter!
image3
Lots of lemon zest!
image4
A little chopped spinach thrown in with the herbs and it turned out delicious!
image5
I also made a wheatberry salad. This is one of my favorites! You can find the recipe here.
image7
After preparing lunch, we loaded up his and hers tillers and went to the garden.
image16
We moved bricks, and prepared placed for new permanent raised beds. These will be for garlic!
image17
We are so thrilled that one of our dear friends gifted us the orange tiller that Nick is using. We cannot get over his kindness!
image8
Let the picnic begin!
image9
image10
Everything was so delicious!
image11
image12
image13
image14
I keep taking pictures of flowers. I guess I’m trying to hold on to that last little bit of summer that is hanging on.
image15
We lost ALL of our well established rosemary last year during the super cold winter. This guy we planted this year and is already HUGE! I hope we can protect this one through the winter!
image6
At the end of the day, we went home to grind and put away the herbs we had previously dried.
image18
We cut the holy basil, dried some and tinctured most. Then called it a day.
Have you had any exciting afternoons this week? We’d love to hear!

Peace, Nicole

Deconstructing Reality in Preparation for a Dream

I am home sick today. Thank goodness for herb gardens and tinctures! I am healing myself with teas, honey, and garlic today. Vampires beware! Lying on the couch with the pups this morning has had my mind spinning about the future of our little growing space and all of its potential. It got away from us this year, but I’m not going to let it derail me. This year taught me a lot about love, purpose, and passion. The garden is my passion, and no matter what life throws my way I cannot lose sight of that. No, it’s not always going to be perfect, but it’s going to be mine, and nourish me in ways nothing else can. I started completely deconstructing it Tuesday. I felt so overwhelmed by it on Monday, that my loving and supportive husband suggested we pull everything apart and make it bigger and better than ever! So, that’s what we are doing. This requires moving hundreds of bricks, moving a fence, and redesigning the layout. I am somehow comforted by the prospect of this. Here are the 73 bricks I moved Tuesday. Who needs a gym?

image1

 

Even though the garden has been neglected, the love we poured into is still showing and mother nature is still providing for our family.

image2 image4 image5 image6 image7 image8

 

We have so much eggplant right now and the flowers keep coming! Does anyone have any great eggplant recipes they would like to share with us? It is by far not our favorite, so new and exciting ways to prepare it are much welcomed!

image3

In the spirit of renewal I have cleared out spaces in our home that both Nick and I can call our own and I cut off all my hair in order to shed some baggage I have been holding onto. We¬†each have a personal space to go to create, read, meditate, and just be alone. I have been loving my space so much and creating more than I have in years. My sewing machine now overlooks our small garden. I have really enjoyed watching our hen’s shenanigans while sewing.

image9 image10 image11

 

I am finally beginning to feel good about the direction our lives are headed again. Best of all, I get to do it all with this guy!

image12

Peace,

Nicole