garden

Fairy Garden

Beautiful weather in Eastern Washington has called me outdoors into the vegetable garden and fairy tree.

I added a few more “fairy doors” to the tree and have planted some low growing ground covers around the tree trunk. The old sycamore tree has such great places to place doors and windows!

I contemplated ways to get light into the windows at night. I am using glow-in-the dark polymer clay in the window panes. I am not sure how long the glow effect will last, but hoping at least a few years.

My granddaughters Margo (age 3.5) and Cora (2.5) are still frustrated the fairies won’t open their doors. Margo says she has seen them though. Helen, age 5, isn’t so sure. She is becoming skeptical. She lost her first two teeth recently and the tooth fairy paid up. I asked her why she believed in the tooth fairy, but not my fairies. I didn’t get a good answer lol. “Because” is not an answer. Maybe if she sees lights on in their windows, it will make her wonder if they inhabit my tree.

Helen did come out and constructed a beautiful fairy garden of her own. She is fascinated by the concept of a tiny world and loves the details in my fairy garden. I guess that is really what it is all about.

Garden Time!

I took a bit of a break from the studio projects after I finished the doll house. The weather has been beautiful and the garden is in need of some major work. I have a large organic vegetable garden each year, and an unheated green house for winter greens. My daughter, Megan, and I just harvested the last of the Winter Red Kale. It is, by far, my favorite variety of kale. The leaves are small and it is very tender and sweet. It grows well all winter long and has provided us with fresh winter greens from November through April. The strawberries and raspberries are blooming and will be setting fruit soon.

We have 8 new additions to our small farm. 4 ewes, 3 lambs and a guard llama. Last year we lost 3 lambs to coyote attacks. The llama, by nature, will guard the sheep from dogs and coyotes. Helen and Margo were there when PennyLane arrived. Margo had no fear of her, but Helen stood way back. She said “I don’t understand my sister! She should be afraid!”

Next we plan on a small flock of free range chickens.