Showing posts from September, 2015

Northern Lights at the Farm

Christian called at 4:56 this morning to let me know that he could see the Northern Lights during his drive in to work. I went out into the driveway and sure enough - there they were! I went back in the house to throw on some more clothes and grab the camera and tripod. Trudged through the wet grass to the north side of the garden and set up for a few shots. The sky looked mostly pale green with just a hint of pink. I set the camera lens to be open as long as it could, turned on the timer, then pressed the button. 20 seconds passed then an image showed up on the screen. I was shocked. I really didn't think it was going to work having never attempted a night shot before. The camera managed to intensify all the colors! Within 10 minutes the show was completely over. Glad it was a "good" phone call this morning and not another "I hit a deer" call.

Yarn Along: Lonely Madalynn

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: Madalynn Cowl
I picked up this yarn at the Madison Knit-In in February and I'm excited to finally cast on for this project. I used the recommended size 5 needles for the first go-round and my gauge was WAY off. So, I dropped down two needle sizes and now I'm at least in the ballpark. Yikes. I'm still a little loose but I'm going to call it "good enough". 
Pattern: Madalynn by Leah B. Thibault
Yarn: Quince and Co. Chickadee in colorways 108 Delft (blue) and 150 Sabine (Gray)

Reading: All the Lonely People by Jess Riley
Jess is a local author and I really enjoyed her first book Driving Sideways. This book started out a little slow but now it's showing the same wit and humor that Driving Sideways does. The main character has a falling-out with her family and doesn't want to spend Christmas with just her husband so she posts and ad on Craigslist for a "family" to spend Christmas d…

A New Batch of Mushrooms

My old mushroom totems were no longer producing so this year I started a new batch. Growing mushrooms is a many-month process. Back in May Christian cut down a poplar tree from my parent's land that would become the new totems.

A trunk diameter of 10-12" inches is ideal. I picked a poplar because it would work for both the oyster mushrooms and the box elder mushrooms.

After preparing the totems (cutting into sections, sprinkling on spawn) they are wrapped up in garbage bags for a few months. (The oysters were ready this week but the box elders have to sit in the bag until October.)

And this is what the totems look like when you open the bag all those months later:

The wood is covered in a spongy fungus! One by one I hauled the totem sections into the old silo.

And now we wait some more! If the temperature and moisture levels are good, we might luck out and get our first harvest this fall.