Happy August!

Hello Dear Friends.

I took an unintentional break from blogging for the month of July simply because life got so incredibly busy, but I am determined to get back on track this month. Happy August! How is it possible that we are now in the 8th month of 2021? The year is flying by and I can't keep up, so I'm trying to just enjoy accomplishing what I *can* do, and not worry about what I cannot do.

We are trying to balance work in the woodshop and packing room fulfilling orders, farm chores, remodeling the little house on the farm (which will be our future packing/inventory space and guest house/summer kitchen) and accomplishing projects around the house which is still only partly remodeled.

The little house up on the farm was smoked in for years, so it was necessary to completely gut it. The cabinets in the kitchen were nice, so we removed them from the walls and we are sealing and painting them inside and out, top and bottom and on the back before we reattach them to the walls. We also tore up the old flooring and we are getting ready to Kilz everything before we paint the walls and put down the new flooring. The house is very small and there was a big closet in the largest bedroom, which just took up space we needed for furniture, so the boys tore that closet out and they are currently repairing the drywall in there. So we are making progress, albeit slowly. I will do a post soon to show you some of the inspiration for the kitchen at the little house! It's going to be so cute and we hope to use it to film recipe tutorials in the future :)

In other news, those chicks we got in the spring are now full grown hens and are starting to lay eggs! Oh my wordddd! So exciting! We didn't expect to get a single egg until September, but we started getting them in July, which was a lovely surprise!

First there was two eggs a day...

And then there was six! Including one very beautiful green egg from Marge, one of our Olive Eggers. Oh, and one of our beautiful Pekin ducks is giving us a big white egg every single day too!

A few days ago we got ten chicken eggs for the first time! We have 31 hens so that number will keep going up every few days. It is so lovely to have bowls full of beautiful fresh eggs, and vases of gorgeous flowers we grew in our own garden to make our kitchen homey. There is so much to be grateful for. Being able to put down roots and actually invest ourselves in homemaking for the first time in years is unbelievably precious to us.

I have to show you this picture of Marge's green eggs. Those speckles! Oh, I just love them. I am suspicious we have a second Olive Egger laying as of today... we shall see :) Oh! And take a look at that white Claire Austin rose! I need to do a blog post just showing you how gorgeous our David Austin roses are blooming! We just planted them in May and I'm so pleased with them... well worth every penny and drop of sweat taking care of them.

I can't leave you without a couple more pictures of the dahlias and roses... can you believe these came from our garden! I've dreamt of growing flowers like this all my life and now we are doing it. So prepare yourself for fresh flower spam!

Okay guys, drop a comment and let me know what you want to hear about. I feel like there's so much to catch up on so I'm going to try to do at least a little update every few days. What do you want to hear about first? Send me all your questions! I'm dying to hear from you, so leave a comment.

So much love to you all!

xx, Loran