August 2018

We enjoyed the month of August – it was full of enjoying warm summer days, preserving what food we could from the garden and back to school.

In early August, I purchased 40 pounds of organic peaches and we canned half peaches, peach jam and peach butter. It will be nice to enjoy the taste of peaches in the middle of winter.

We also purchased 10 more California White chicks to brood. We had 2 from our late winter brooding and they have proven to be consistent layers so we decided to get a few more. This will be the last batch of chicks until next spring!

We started our school year on August 6. Paxton started 3rd grade.

Weston began 1st grade.

Cecilia is in Pre-K this year.

And sweet little Laura is just here listening to all kinds of good books and taking it all in!

Not the happiest start to our school year but she’s cute even when she’s crying!

Cecilia loves helping in the kitchen.

Our elderberry harvest. We planted 4 elderberry plants and then had 2 wild elderberry plants come up in the pasture. Unfortunately the birds love the elderberry so there wasn’t much to harvest this year.

On August 10, John David and I went to Kentucky as Volunteers at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s Profitable Farm Worskshop.

We enjoyed working the registration desk as well as taking photos throughout the event.

The highlight was being able to attend the workshops – especially hearing Joel Salatin speak.

The sweetest little kitchen helper. Laura sits on the counter quite a bit as I prepare meals.

This is a meal we hope to be able to enjoy more of in the future – everything pictured on this plate was grown here on the homestead! Chicken breast, okra, green beans and potatoes. It was such a delicious meal.

The flowers are still blooming quite prolifically and we’re keeping cut flowers in the house at all times. Our Zinnias, Marigold and Mexican Sunflower are some of my favorites.

Love living this life with him.

More basil and lavender.

On August 29, we took a little day trip to a local state park to hike, picnic, swim and just enjoy the summer and time together.

Laura really enjoyed her hike!

While we were picnicking, Weston explored the area around the picnic shelter and found a large snail that he was quite excited about. This boy loves nature.

We enjoyed a dip in the mountain lake. Since it was the middle of the week, there were only a handful of people there other than us.

I’m a little sad to see August go, but have so many fun memories from this month.



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