Sunday, April 29, 2012
Enter "The Smoothie". Our boys love these. And let me tell you what we put in them. All of our green smoothies start with spinach and water. Add frozen berries of any sort. Sometimes fresh fruit. Sometimes fresh broccoli and carrots. And perhaps other random ingredients, depending on what we have on hand. What we get is something that we all love, including the boys! And it makes me smile every time they drink one, which is almost every day, because I know that they are getting at least some of the green veggies that they need!!
The boys got silly once they figured out I was taking pictures of them because of the smoothie "mustache" that they almost always end up with. Here they are trying to make bigger, messier mustaches. :) These two crack me up!
Friday, April 27, 2012
But back to rocks and walking sticks...
The boys had a great time hunting for cool rocks to add to their collection. They also spent much time and energy trying to find the perfect walking stick. After finding several sticks, arguing over who got which one, and then finally swapping sticks, they both ended up with one they liked (which are different, by the way, than the ones that have in this picture). All I can say is that it was a process! :)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
This is going to be a long post, so bear with me! It won't be long on words, though...just pictures! :) Many of you have been wondering just what the backyard of our place looks like. Short of taking a video, which I do plan to do in the future, this is what I can do. Come, take a walk up our hill!
This is the view from the top of the stairs by the garden. Yes, I did forget to take a new picture of the stairs. Oops. But, if you go back a few posts to the one about the bees, then you can see the stairs that I am referring to. The white building in this picture is a warm house. In previous days, the owners used it to keep plants, well, warm. :) The boys currently use it as a hideout/playhouse!
When you have walked up to the warm house in the previous picture and look to your right, you will see the path that we take to the current spot for the chickens. They are not in the picture, but are up to the left, behind the mass of green. And there is a tree that fell across this path long ago and that is now covered up with ivy. I have to duck under the tree to go this way. Also, you can't see the flowers in this picture, but there are periwinkles growing on both sides of the path, along with some giant calla lilies! More on those later. :)
Now, turn back with me and we will continue up the hill. This is the view from just to the side of the warm house. The path winds up through the trees.
When you get to the top of the path, you come to what used to be an orcard. There are still fruit bearing trees here, along with grape vines at the very top of the hill, which is also the fence line of the property. It will be interesting to see if these trees actual bear decent fruit. We've already been harvesting pumelo and two different types of lemons. But the trees are in great disrepair and need lots of care. Unfortunatley, we don't know alot about caring for fruit trees, and we arrived to late in the season to tend to them properly. So, we'll see. :)
Here's another view of the fruit trees, looking to the right of the above picture. You can also see the slope of the hill in this picture.
Now, from where I was standing in the two pictures above, I turned around to look back down the hill. Here you can see the warm house, again.
Looking to the right while facing the top of the hill, you can barely see the bee hive. It's just on the other side of the tree in the "back" of the picture.
And here is the back side of the bee hive. It is literally a "buzz" of activity all day long!
Well, more about the yard later. Trust me, there is more to see! :)
Monday, April 16, 2012
NOTE: The pictures aren't great because I didn't have the foresight to bring my good camera and had to settle for using my phone. And Joshua is the one in the foreground reaching to pet Sir Lance.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
It's hard to believe that I have a 7 year old son. For some reason, it feels like a major milestone. He seems more grown-up (most of the time) and so much closer to double-digit years! He is such a joy to be around. He remembers basically everything he reads. He's much like his daddy in that respect. He is a voracious reader and loves to read aloud to his brother. The outdoors are his second home and I'm certain that he would sleep outside if we let him. :) He can't wait to get done with his school work so that he can go play outside. He loves to build...with lego's, wood, etc...and builds elaborate ships, homes, and whatever else he sets his mind to do. I still catch him giggling sometimes and love that! It's infectious and sometimes a bit frustrating, like when it's time to go to bed and the boys can't settle down because he is giggling about something! I'm going to do my best not to blink...because I'm certain he'll be all grown up, and taller than me, before I know it! Love you, Big J!
On a side note, in the last picture, you can see where our garden will be. There are three tiers, with the top tier currently full of flowers. We are going to leave those there, but hope to fill the other two beds full of fruits and veggies! The owner of the house had brought in wonderful, rich dirt for the gardens that he and his wife used to have there. It is GOOD dirt, if I do say so...the funny part is that even after we had enriched the soil at our old house two years in a row, and toiled and turned the soil, it still was not even half as nice as the soil in this garden area. I'm pumped!
We haven't planted the garden yet, with the exception of a few tomatoes and peppers. But I'm glad now, since it has been raining in torrents for the better part of four days now. We have "rivers" coming down our hill. I'm fairly certain that most of our seeds would have washed away. :)
One other thing...for those of you interested...back behind the top tier are the kiwi vines. This isn't a good picture of them, but they are packed full of leaves! When we came to look at the house back in February, the vines had no leaves but were heavy with kiwi. But when we finally got here in March, someone had come and cleaned off every last kiwi on the vines. Hopefully next spring WE will get to enjoy the fruits of those vines!
Monday, April 9, 2012
P.S. Don't you like the square bushes that go up the sides of the driveway?? They are interesting...if it were my house, they would probably be the first to go. On the upside, they have little white flowers that the bees love (we have a bee hive as well...I'll save that story for another day)!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
As a side note, I wish I had been able to record Joshua's giggles as he caught the chickens so that we could move them from their temporary pen to the tractor. Hilarious! Every time he caught one for me, he just laughed and laughed and laughed, mostly because the chickens made such funny little noises! :) He was a BIG helper today!