Friday, April 29, 2011

Cuteness!

Mr. Sheep Shack mentioned to a few of his co-workers that I collect sheep, I mean what is a sheep shack without a few sheep right?
So the next day I receive this......


One of his co-workers sent this to me! Wasn't that so sweet! Thank you Mary Lovell you are too kind! 


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Getting the Garden Started

Well, we are out of danger of any more frosts, so it was time to get the garden started. I am still waiting for some items from the seed company, which are way late, but I now have tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and bell pepper plants in the ground. Still need to plant the beans and the cucumbers.

They are small and a little hard to see in these pictures. But they are basking in the early morning sun. 
This year after having added a second composter last year, we had enough compost to spread over the garden as well as in the two raised beds along with some organic fertilizer. 
We are trying some of that black paper to keep the weeds down this year, I haven't used it before so I am interested to see how it works. 

I have some collard plants that have gone to seed and planned to use them as green fertilizer but they are attracting so many bees, I have left them alone. We never seem to have enough bees, so I do what I can to entice them to our garden.  I wonder if you can see this little fellow working really hard this morning. 


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Can you believe April is almost over!

Now I know I have been in a time warp the past two weeks working 8-5 every day and taking class from 6-10 every night. And I have been lucky to remember my own name, much less the day of the week, but seriously what happened to April?!

I've been taking classes to become a bartender, and the classes totally rock. We had so much fun it was crazy! And Terry the owner/instructor and Hawk, also and instructor are just the coolest people on the planet! Now only are they walking encyclopedias of drink, history and knowledge but they have a great sense of humor and just so much fun! You have to check them out at The Academy of Bartending.

Here are Lisa and I graduating last night. Lisa is so funny and sweet. She is getting ready to take NYC by storm so look out!


We have had a couple of cool days for spring with rain and it felt a bit like March, maybe that is why I can't believe April is almost over, but the rain clouds have parted this morning the sun is starting to come out and everything is greening up. 




We now return you to your regularly scheduled knitting.....


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Busier than one armed shearer at at shearing contest....

 Okay I made that up, but one armed paper hanger just didn't work for me.
So this week has been a tad busy and I am just now sitting down at my laptop for the first time in five days! 



I'm still working that sweater vest, it is endless apparently. And a new sock as part of a KAL with the Tuesday knitting group. But I wanted to share a few more pictures from last weekend with you.
 Here are some wonderful examples of the architecture on the island.

What a wonderful bookstore!


























The bookstore was so charming, the owners were awesome, so friendly and fun!  They have a knitting night and a board game night!



How cold is the ocean Anna? 

Really cold!


  
This is the library, you know I had to get a picture of the library! 

I didn't see any sheep on the island. We did see the wild ponies, but they were too far away to get a picture such a beautiful place and so many good places to enjoy seafood. I think my two favorites were AJ's, Brandon our server was too funny! And Bill's Seafood. Bill's had some really awesome oysters and the best crab soup. Although the crab soup at AJ's was perfectly wonderful! Not sure I'd want to be there when the island was overrun with tourist, it was really nice to be there as businesses were opening up and the crowds were still small. But it is worth the drive just for the yarn shop! Carodan Farms, the folks there are so friendly and knowledgeable! I'd drive the 2 1/2 hours just to shop there. 

Well this week promises to be a repeat of last week, so in case I do not get to get back to the laptop again, have a great week and I'll talk to you again soon! 



Sunday, April 10, 2011

What does a Soxperience look like?

Like this......
The first toe "cuppage" of the night! 


Whose that walking in the right side of this pic...? Why that's Wendy Johnson!!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 2: Awesome!

Day two of Soxperience 2011 was incredible, I have knitted a fair share of heels and toes, but I learned so much today, I can't wait to knit my next sock! Wendy is such a patient teacher, which is great for those of us, like me just learning Judy's Magic Cast-on. But now i have the hang of it and on my way.

After class today, Anna and I explored the island a little more, went to the beach and saw the ponies out on Assateague Wild Life Refuge. So much fun! We didn't have any rain today but it was a little chilly. According to Anna the water is quite cold!

(I will be able to upload pictures once I get home.)

Tonight we have homework, to turn the heel and be prepared to do the color work on our mini sock! That is the best kind of homework.

Tonight we all went to dinner at a local restaurant together, and had some wonderful seafood and wonderful conversations!

Time to go do my homework! More tomorrow!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Greetings from Soxperience 2011

Hello from Soxperience 2011 here in Chincoteague, VA. Met Wendy Johnson tonight in our first class and she is even sweeter and more charming in person than on her blog if that is even possible! Tonight we discussed how to measure for the proper fit of your sock. She has all sorts of great ideas for customizing your sock to fit you regardless of size and shape of your foot. I learned so much just in this first hour. Tomorrow we start again at 9 a.m. and will knit to fit and also do a color work mini sock! Can't wait! Sadly it is raining here and has been for several hours. Tomorrow is supposed to be dry and 55 degrees so there is hope for some outdoor exploring of the island. Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Time to Start in the Garden

Well April is upon us and the weather is starting to warm a little, I think the threat of a hard frost is over and I have ordered my seeds.

Today we spent a little time tilling and working in some compost that we created over the winter.

Lily enjoying recently turned earth. 

Mr. Sheep Shack hard at work with the electric cultivator.

Future Potato rows

Another potato row

Lily protecting the old bean patch.



















We did some cleaning up of the garden spaces, tilled up the soil add organic compost, from our barrel composter. We collect compost in our kitchen, coffee grounds, egg shells, and vegetable matter.

The garden this year will consist of potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, red, yellow and green bell peppers, black zucchini, crookneck squash, pole beans, egg plant, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, beets, peas, cherry tomatoes, carrots and radishes.

Looking forward to a wonderful garden season! Can't wait, a friends chickens are already laying again and I normally trade veggies for fresh eggs each week.

I hope if you are planting a garden of any kind this year, you have much success!