Smoke in the air

September 7, 2017

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This is how it looks these days. In the middle of the day. Wildfire smoke from hundreds of miles away drifts over to Vancouver Island and what should be a bright morning is a dull murky surreal kind of experience. Our hearts go out to those who are experiencing worse.

That being said, the Woodwynn Peace Garden is in good shape – we had a great volunteer party yesterday from St. Andrews School. These folks tackled all kinds of tasks and helped us feel that the overwhelming fall cleanup is not going to be so overwhelming after all.

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(photo is altered because I didn’t ask permission from the volunteers.)

We harvested a lot of sage, so more herb bundles are forthcoming! It’s gratifying to see how tidy the labyrinth looks after the trim and removal of weeds. Also wonderful to have the fragrance in our home when we work with the herbs we have gathered.

 

 

The sage has been trimmed several times over the summer – it came back really well around April after a serious cut-back in late January- early February. I know this from my iPad photos. Thank goodness they are date stamped! Lavender and Poppies were beautiful in mid-June. We started collecting poppy seeds in early August and there seemed to be about 2 or 3 weeks to harvest these as the pods didn’t all form at quite the same time. We definitely left some to self-seed, as they did last year after first arriving all on their own – well actually likely with the help of birds! Thank you birds!!

The lavender had been cut way back in the fall. We harvested lavender from about early July till the end of July and were perhaps a bit late with some of it. There’s some second growth right now – so we have a bit of everything including a dozen or so plants that we didn’t harvest earlier and are now cutting to collect the seeds, which seem pretty abundant.  4stageslavenderyoungtoOLD

The four stages of lavender – buds (probably a bit early to harvest as dried flowers but okay for culinary use, to dry for soap, etc.), flowers ready to harvest for dried arrangements, flowers at the point when they’ve really been left a bit too long to harvest – and seed pods!

I realize how much value there would be in really keeping a log of farm events. This blog could serve the purpose if I was a bit more dedicated to it 🙂

Right now, early September after a very dry summer, it’s of note that the sage and lavender has survived with watering basically every other week (the trough of sage needed weekly watering or better but that’s to be expected since it’s quite shallow). The apple trees, blueberries, kiwis and strawberries really needed weekly watering and in general they got that.  We know we have some serious learning to do in order to prune the apple trees to allow apples to form in the best possible way. And we’ll be training the kiwis for the first time this year – they are ready to have wires to follow along the sides of the arbor.

All in all – it’s been a summer of hard work and lots of reward!

And there will still be weeds to pull till we get to the hard winter. That is to be expected and as along as we more or less keep up, it is manageable.

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Perfect summer day at Woodwynn Farms

June 24, 2017

I don’t need to say much here, the photos show how full and beautiful our time at the farm can be. It is truly a garden of peace. Hay has been cut. Wild flowers are blooming. The sage is lush, the lavender is dense, we see green blueberries that will soon ripen and kiwi flowers that will eventually be delicious fruit. And so much more!


Snow Day at Woodwynn Farms

February 7, 2017

I couldn’t stop taking photos this morning!

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The Road To Woodwynn Farms.

 

 

Today was pretty special out at the Woodwynn Peace Garden!

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Solstice – 2016 at the Peace Garden

December 21, 2016

When “Solstice” was first installed at Woodwynn (last spring) I promised myself to be there at sunrise on the morning of the winter solstice. And today, with Deryk, I did just that. We arrived early. It was still very dark and we walked around as we waited for dawn, almost feeling the world turning under our feet in order to reveal that first glow in the sky. At first we heard an owl and then other birds awoke with different sounds. A flock of geese flew over and we laughed at the trumpeting noise. There were clouds today so when the light did appear, it gave a soft, shadowless feeling. There’s an infinity of moods in the Peace Garden. This morning was extra special.

As many of you already know, the sculpture was inspired by a quote by Albert Camus: “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” (as translated in Lyrical and Critical Essays, 1968)

Here are a few photos:

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Patreon

December 17, 2016

Patreon.com is a wide-ranging online community where patrons can support the work of artists, musicians, YouTube creators and much much more. It’s extremely interesting to browse and see just who is putting themselves “out there”. The list includes Neil DeGrasse Tyson and his StarTalk radio channel for one 🙂

AND……

Deryk and I leapt into it today.

https://www.patreon.com/elizabethlovesglass

https://www.patreon.com/derykhouston

So, we’ll be having a bit of fun sharing information about the things that motivate us along with our videos and pictures, etc.

Please feel free to drop by and let others know if you think they’d be interested.

 

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You’ll have to click on the link to find out what it means to be glasstastic, or to be my glasspiration.


Article about the Peace Garden

August 8, 2016

Starts on Page 6 of the August “Eyes on BC”.

By David Morrison.

 


End of June – Woodwynn Peace Garden

June 30, 2016

Something new from Deryk….  this one didn’t “get away!)

(We’re watching the movie “Big Fish” to celebrate.)

We had a warm spring so perhaps the timing will be different in future years, but this year, June was an amazing time of colour in the Peace Garden. The lavender bloomed all month and many of the sage plants bloomed as well. We actually expected all of the sage plants to flower but it seemed to be pretty random. Perhaps since they are still really relatively new plants (just a year old) it will take time for them to all flower or perhaps there will always be some plants that don’t flower in a given year.

 

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Apple tree lane is thick with apples that are full size and quite red at this point and beautiful pink poppies appeared by magic near the meditation nest.

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We’ve kept up with the watering. We’ve almost kept up with the weeding….

We never stop appreciating the beauty of the location and we are always grateful to be a part of the farm!

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And there are interesting developments around the farm outside of the Peace Garden as well 🙂