Week In The Life | Saturday

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I woke up early on Saturday. Too early, I felt, so I went back to bed. It was Saturday after all. But then I slept another full night’s sleep and my work day got cut short. I was quite angry with myself, although that did not help the situation much. So after a very late breakfast I heard the harvester and understood that the rest of the day would be about that.

Harvesting season at the farm starts today.

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I brought the camera with me outside. And shot a few moments during our day that actually did make me feel that this day was just right even though it’s started out all wrong.

Below is a current on-a-farm-work-day portrait of us that right now live on the farm; my mom, my dad, my kid and me. Hello!

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Today we harvested the first bit of our rye crops, it’s an old kind of rye with tall straws. It’s called Svedjerug in Norwegian. I hope to mill some of it to flour later in the season. Maybe even put some up for sale. All our crops are organic.

It’s important for the quality of the grains that they are dry, so we measure the ‘water content’ several times. If it is too moist we need to blow air on it to help it dry out properly, thankfully we didn’t need to do that this time. Saves both time and energy.

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As my dad went on to harvest more, we moved on a few other chores on the farm. MT cut the grass. I filled up on water and enjoyed a few minutes in the sun on the front porch before heading in to do a little bit of house work.

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Later we went back to gather some of the straws for my garden and my dad asked MT to help him spread out some of the dust that had gathered where the harvester stood.

He had quite some fun with that task, helping out on the farm isn’t all boring stuff!

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MT and our dog Ferdinand.

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The three of us.

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In the evening we went to pick up some groceries. The sunset was a beautiful one so I made MT go out of the car and capture it for me. I love a pinkish-orange-yellow good night!

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Back home my dad was just about finished with his last lap around the field. And we helped get the crops under roof. By then it was dark (see top right photo on this post). My vegetables needed some watering as well. So it was after 11 pm before I was indoors again; it might have been a good thing that I got some extra sleep earlier in the day after all.

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Night sky. Taken around 9 pm.
Still loving that basked hook attached to our wall.

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Thanks for coming by my little online world today! How are your day going?


links: Ali Edwards’ Saturday post – on her site you can find all things related to Week In The Life (and lots of other great projects) | My Saturday 2011

Week In The Life | Friday

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MT is on his way to school. He’s taking the bus from down by the road every morning.

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I made myself a salad for lunch. With left over hard boiled egg and garlic. Delicious.

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The fall work at the farm have started a little. I spent a couple of hours on a field today and guess there will be a bit more in the coming weeks. It’s still my dad that is the farmer, but I try to help when I can.

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I usually bring with me a book when I sit down for a cup of coffee. Lately it’s been farm related books. I have much to learn.

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MT found a larva on his way home today. Such a strange looking thing. We found out it was called Deilephila elpenor and becomes a pinkish butterfly next spring.

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In the evening I sat outside with a cup of tea as the sun started to set. I wanted to capture some of all that is growing around me in my garden and the orchard. Here are the sunchokes, the carrots, the (second year = setting seeds) kale, the apples and the old trees.

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And some yellow to make the day complete :) My mom’s yellow flowers spreads like weed, but they are beautiful. Trying to contain them to one place. Still in progress.

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Thanks for coming by my little online world today! How are your day going?


links: Ali Edwards’ Friday post – on her site you can find all things related to Week In The Life (and lots of other great projects) | My Friday 2011

Week In The Life | Thursday

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I struggled today. My body felt so tired and my head hurt. I stayed in bed long after MT left for school trying to catch up a little on sleep and get rid of the headache. Glad I could. Then I sat down by our kitchen table and worked on the photos and words from yesterday. I should have been doing other things, but just could not find the energy to get up and do it. Glad I captured the words though and got the photos and post together. Since I don’t have to go to work this week (still on vacation) I want to take the time to do these posts. I just prefer to finish a bit earlier in the morning. And then go out and drink my coffee in the garden. Today I wasn’t outside until after noon. Glad for the sunshine outside when I got there. My pea’s are starting to sprout blooms. So much looking forward for them to grow into food. I planted these way to late in the season, so I have to be patient a little while more. Glad I eventually got them into the ground. Them and the potatoes.

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I try to take at least one photo of where I stand each day this week. Some days there are several photos. Usually I take this with my phone. I want to have a visually reminder of where I go and where I’ve been. Glad I’m up on my feet and have no trouble getting around.

MT picked up the camera for one shot today:

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Glad he did.

We went super easy with dinner today. And when the bacon and eggs (boiled for MT, fried for me) were finished I forgot to add the greens. Tomorrow I’ll do better with the greens. Glad we bought a couple of packets with bacon on the ferry (back home from Denmark last Sunday, I hope to share more photos from that adventure later), it is the good kind.

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After dinner I drove MT to soccer practice, I went back home and took a cup of coffee with me outside. A book as well. The vegetable gardener’s guide to Permaculture, such and interesting read – although dad shakes his head about all my ideas. Glad I took the time to sit down and read a little.

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I brought my camera as I picked MT up. This was his third practice in four days. The football (soccer) is getting serious. I’m so glad he has a sport that makes him happy. I’m also glad he let me take his picture in the car all sweaty and energetic from being with his team mates. I even got into the photos there a little.

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When we got home I pulled my self together, put on my sneakers and went into the woods for a walk/jog. Ferdinand our dog came with me. I took it slowly, the main thing was to get out there again. I mean to do this every other day, but I don’t actually do it that often. The forest makes me happy. Glad I got out there tonight.

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My dad have brought out the harvester. Glad to hear the sound of it and for dad telling me it is working as it should. I did work on my photos (and some of my words) in the evening, then I went to bed before midnight. Glad my mattress is a good one. Good night!

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Thanks for coming by my little online world today! How are your day going?


links: Ali Edwards’ Thursday post – on her site you can find all things related to Week In The Life (and lots of other great projects) | My Thursday 2011

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