May Day and Weaner Weaner

Beltane was great this year.  Well, to be fair, it’s great every year really.

Hoping to incorporate a Blessingway for Meeps during her 2nd birthday party in June.  Have yet to pitch this idea to the appropriate people, but hopefully it’s full of just as much love and light as is conjured up on May Day.  Except maybe… with fireworks.

We’re gearing up to full swing here.  Kids have been really great about the garden this year.  Last year I planted with a toddler trouncing every seed and an infant strapped to my chest, so this year seems like a treat already.  The kids play in their dirt pile, in the muddy pasture, on their swingset.  The come and plant a few seeds, stick mostly to walking down row paths and have done a great job of staying out of the front flower bed.

On the farm front, I suspect that at least one of our two goats was bred successfully on their WinterGoatAdventure with Buford the Smallest Buck in the History of Bucks.  I initially thought neither were bred, but Suki seems to be showing a bit of an udder forming.  I am hopeful.  This Saturday I am due to pick up 2 lambs from a neighbour.  On Monday, 100 baby chicks come.  On June 5th we pick up 2 Berkshire piglets.  On June 7th our farm help arrives.  On June 8th a number of turkeys come, either one or two dozen, I cannot remember.  Have not made cheese yet.  Am hoping to get cracking on that once the farm gal arrives.

I believe chickens and turkeys are all spoken for, but if anyone wants late fall HappyPork, HappyGoat or early winter HappyLamb, drop me a line.

I have heaps of photos to post.  Including the process made thus far on my Kali backpiece.  And my hunk of a husband crossing the finish line of his first 10K road race, the day before his 35th birthday.  I couldn’t be more proud of my man.

And I couldn’t love my children more.  Seriously, how beautiful are these kids.

I nearly forgot!  Miss Meeps!  She’s now 100%, officially, not shitting you WEANED.  That’s right.  Weaned.  She’s had one full week of NotOneDropofBooby and we’re not going back.  I am very sad, as I will never nurse another baby.  I loved nursing, despite the repeat and horrifying mastitis; the nipple biting; the shirt ripping; the non-stop nursing only while I stood and rocked (Bob); the being tethered to my child by my breasts 24/7 thing.  But it was natural, powerful, healthy for both of us and one of the best things I have ever done as a woman, or could do for my child.  I had thought I would nurse her until 2-3 years.  It was a selfish decision.  But it was the right time for me.

I will no longer turn into a pumpkin at 8pm.  I am now free to do such amazing things at bedtime such as: hanging with farm animals, reading quietly in low light and listening to frog music.  Hoping to add some interaction with friends.  Novel.


  1. Jess · May 19, 2010

    You celebrated beltane! That’s awesome!!! :D
    And my, that’s a lot of critters you’re going to have, I’m so excited to see how it all goes, especially the little piglets. Oink oink! :D

  2. taryn · May 19, 2010

    congratulations on weaning!

  3. Priscilla · May 19, 2010

    I’m always so shocked by how much clothing your kids have on in sunny pics. Every time, I remind myself that it’s cooler where you are… but every time, it still takes me by surprise.

    I’m in Houston, TX and the weather here is already approaching the 90s, and very steamy. I garden here year-round: most leafy greens in fall/winter/spring, hot weather plants in spring/summer/fall.

  4. Alex · May 19, 2010

    awesome! congrats on the weening. And yes your kids are gorgeous. Also Meeps looks so grown up in that last one!!!

  5. Twwly · May 19, 2010

    Jess, yes we do. Been at it for a decade and a half now I think.

    Priscilla – it snowed the day before Beltane! Yargh! Cold climate! I’d love some temps in the 90s…

    And thanks all about weaning. Whoa baby!

  6. Jana · May 19, 2010

    Twwly, if you have no use for your little lamb fleece I’d glad take it off your hands. I’ve learned how to wash fleeces and spin wool into yarn this year. It would be extra awesome to know where it came from and that the little lamb had been treated well.

  7. Adrienne · May 19, 2010

    Nicely put about the breastfeeding thing. I will miss it when I’m done too…thinking of that keeps me cheery at the 2 & 5 am feedings.

  8. Bethany Susan · May 19, 2010

    well that IS novel! happy spring! =)

  9. Dylan · May 19, 2010

    New to post but have been reading your blog for a couple weeks – love it! I’m nowhere near as many tattoos as you (yours are gorgeous btw) but am dreaming about my third (it’ll be hands cupping a little pile of dirt sprouting two sprouts – one for each of my boys) which I will be getting when my littlest is mostly on solids – thought I had to wait til he was completely weaned but thanks to you I feel comfortable getting it a bit earlier! Congrats on weaning – this will be my last baby too so I know the mixed feelings, but man it’s nice to be free! And you’re not being selfish I don’t think – when you’re done you’re done – its a sign that it isn’t essential to life anymore. I’ll conclude my book of a comment now and slip back into stalker mode :-)

  10. Sarah · May 19, 2010

    beautiful pics! hooray for beltane! and congrats/commiseration on the weaning. nursing WAS such a powerful thing for me, too, AND i am also glad to be on the other side.

  11. Shari · May 19, 2010

    Beautiful photos of Beltane. Sorry we couldn’t make it and had to miss this year :(

  12. jade · May 19, 2010

    Girl, I’m a longtime reader. I’d love some of your pork, but I live in Boston. Alack. I suppose shipping would be not only prohibitively expensive, but also not so great on the local-greenness scale. I hope whoever gets it will prepare it, treat it, and eat it right :)

  13. Mother Ship · May 19, 2010

    I agree – you have two absolutely beautiful kids!