The pleasures of running around a farm field

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Sorry about the break the last few days. I've been alternating between not feeling so great and obsessing about the garden.

However, here are some photos from a maple syrup farm tour we took this weekend with friends. Or rather, the running around in one of their fields that happened after our post-farm-tour picnic.


Nothing like some wide open space to run around on a mild winter day!


Here's Stella watching Maia and Marlise run.


Maia's rolling an accommodating Molly down the hill while Stella and Marlise are contemplating which corner of the field to dash off to next.

The plan for today? It's time to make a new batch of playdough so we might do that. And maybe we'll scrounge around for some glass jars to Mod Podge with colored tissue paper. I've never made ravioli (or any homemade pasta) but have been wanting to try, so we might pick up some eggs and ricotta cheese and give that a go for dinner tonight. We don't have a pasta maker, but I've heard you can just use a rolling pin.

By the way (for locals), Reems Creek is having their amazing perennial sale: $1.50 for small plants (normally $4.99 each) and $3.00 for gallon sized plants (normally $9.99 – $14.99). It's such an amazing deal! The perennials are all leftovers from last year and are mostly dormant now so don't look so great. I went last year and many of the plants I bought were pot bound, but nothing that a few scissor snips or untangling with the fingers couldn't help. Almost all survived and thrived. And at that price, I don't mind if a few don't. If you're in the Asheville area and at all interested in gardening, you should go! I went yesterday but am not sure I can keep myself from going again.

Okay, so I'm still obsessessing about gardening. But hopefully we'll get to at least one or two of the other possibilities on the list as well!

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  1. says

    I love the pop of color that Maia is wearing against the dull winter background. Looks like you had fun! :) I’m definitely hoping to get some ideas for me and my toddler for art projects to do now that we’re getting hot again over here in the Middle East.

  2. says

    Thanks for the tip on Reems Creek. We are about an hour south of Asheville and are planning a trip up there this weekend, downtown to Tops to buy shoes for all three boys. Wanted to combine it with a visit to a nursery but weren’t sure where to go…so thanks! And we may check out that maple syrup farm at some point too.

  3. Kim says

    If you want to make raviolis they sell a tool at most grocery stores/kitchen stores that will seal the edges–it makes it so much easier!! I wish we were in your area–I love gardening and the special at Reems Creek sounds awesome!

  4. says

    Thank you so much for the Reems Creek tip! I never even knew it existed and its right by my house! I went with the kids today and we had so much fun. With it being a warm day, it really excited us for spring.

  5. says

    Yay! Glad you went, Jenny. I love Reems Creek. It’s not so close to me, but well worth the drive in my opinion. Everyone there is SO knowledgeable and are always happy to answer gardening questions. Going there is always an education. -Jean

  6. Catherine Siciliano says

    I am a teacher was looking for some new messy art to share with my students.
    Great site. My hat goes off to you and all the wonderful things you are doing.
    Don’t worry about the stuff you did not get done,ishes laudrey the bread. You will have time when your kids grow up, Mine are 25,18 13 and belive me I wish I had a day that I could just play with thwm again, enjoy!