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A Midsummer's Eve

I woke up at four yesterday morning in an effort to get things under control around here.  Count the mess I had Monday evening as one of the worst this house has seen under my watch.  I'd gone up to the cabin that day and hauled a bookshelf down--no small feat since I had to bring it down the stairs alone.  Getting it home, I realized it was simply the wrong dimensions to hold very many of our books.  So, I put our bookshelf back in place, put the books back on it, and moved the super heavy bookshelf to the back porch.  I also folded a backlog of laundry, threeish loads, which is a lot for me.  I found items to donate to the thrift store and found other things that really just needed to be thrown away.  I set out rolls to proof for breakfast and I picked berries, all by 7:00.  So, Midsummer's Eve started early.

With the Flour

We are reading The Long Winter these days, so of course, we had to grind some wheat in a coffee grinder.
Willow used the resulting flour for measuring and cooking during quiet time.
I don't think we'll really use it to make bread, though.

Rolled Candles

Roan and Laurel took long, late naps.
I rolled some beeswax candles in sun colors.
This was from Willow's birthday kit.


I made raspberry rolls for supper.
It isn't often one gets the luxury of so many raspberries.
The ones at the store are so pricey and mold if you look at them too hard.

Raspberry Roll

These were divine, really.
We poured a little heavy cream over the top.
No one had trouble finishing this meal and it held us very well.

Midsummer's Eve

We had to eat by candlelight, despite the bright, hot sun.
The children still love to play Green Valley.

Daisy Crown

Quite late for us, we went to my parents' house to pick berries.
I also braided some daisies together for a crown.
Back home, we settled in for more Long Winter and then went to bed.


( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jun. 24th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures, wow, you have been busy!! Willow is such a mini-you! I can't believe how much she looks like you! Those beeswax candles are pretty. And I hate moving furniture for those very reasons... having to re-do the arrangement that I thought would work... was Willow able to help you move the bookshelf? I don't think I could do one of those alone!
Jun. 24th, 2015 07:53 pm (UTC)
I think she's prettier than me. ;-) Willow did not help me. I didn't think it was safe to have her help. I managed, of course, but Mike will definitely help me take it back.
Jun. 25th, 2015 01:18 am (UTC)
That is very very early, 4 am. Then again, I was up until 3 last night (first working, then not being able to sleep), so, same thing, I guess.

Those rolls look divine. I hope we get to an abundance of raspberries some day! Right now we had just a few.
Jun. 26th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yes. I did go to bed at 9:00, so it works out. :-) I have not had good luck with my own red raspberres, so I'm hoping to dig up some and bring them over here and try to air layer some of my black raspberries. The birds always get mine.
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Jun. 26th, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC)
Pretty well. Authentic, if nothing else. ;-) I have seen those flour mills, too, but they are so pricey. Maybe one day when I open my kindergarten.
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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