HAPPY PUMPKINS

This happy pumpkin vine is the result of throwing last autumn’s front porch decorations over the fence to compost the flower beds.  The result is a cluster of very healthy pumpkin vines.  Since they began to sprout in May, I may have ripe pumpkins by August–a little early for fall decorating.  Still, a happy accident.

 

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Flowers, May to June

The flowers of Farm Grove appear in a play of several acts.  The tall orchid-like iris barely make an entrance as official narrators of spring before they are replaced by diva clematis.  Our chorus-line of white and pink peonies show off in ruffled petal tutus.  They droop and fall in show-stopping choreography. Orange poppies had a supporting role but were on stage for such a brief time, I hardly noticed.

I am waiting for the stars to make a grand entrance–the dramatic oriental poppies.  Their waxy sheen displays best in sunlight spots.  In a minor supporting role are the tiger lilies or ditch lilies, which are more humble but no less impressive in an ensemble role.

The final act occurs after a summer intermission filled with fruits and vegetables.  I admit the final act is my favorite–red rose hips, golden rod, bittersweet, zinnia, cockscomb celosia and marigold–all the colors of autumn.  It is quite a show.

Iris and Dames Rocket

Clematis

Peonies and Dames Rocket

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THRIVING SURVIVAL WORKSHOP

The Thriving Survival Workshop on May 26, 2018 was a great success!  We are excited to host the second workshop on June 2–still time to sign up!

Here are some candid shots of how we demonstrated preps for the next BIG event.  No, things will no longer be “normal” according to definition.  Christians are aware all things such as wars, disease, earthquakes, lawlessness, deception and social unrest will increase in frequency and intensity until Christ returns.  Although the Lord will return for His Church of true believers before the 7-year Tribulation, that does not mean the remnant will not have to occupy until He comes in trials and the increasing consequences of a fallen world.  We have already survived Katrina, Sandy, tsunamis and earthquakes–they will increase.  Prepare to shelter in place and be your own FIRST RESPONDER.

SUN OVEN

PLANTAIN IS EDIBLE AND TREATS BUG BITES

THE CHAPEL MEETING ROOM UNDER A RAINBOW–NOAH WAS A PREPPER!

 

CHECKING OUT THE DISPLAYS

OFF-GRID LAUNDRY

ROCKET STOVE DEMO

COST OF WORKSHOP IS $25 PER PERSON OR BUDDY COUPLE.  WORKBOOK INCLUDED.  BRING A SACK LUNCH FOR 30-MINUTE LUNCH BREAK.  SATURDAY, JUNE 2 – 2018, 10 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. 

18886 SPRINGFIELD ROAD, GROVELAND, IL – GROVELAND CHAPEL MEETING ROOM @ FARM GROVE, GROVELAND

CONTACT:  SHARON L. CLEMENS – sharonlclemens@gmail.com

 

 

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Dirt Diggin’ Time

Tilling the Green Bean Bed

We may not always garden.  It is hard work, especially breaking ground in the spring.  But the green beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, kale, spinach, peas, corn, pumpkins and melons are finally in the ground.  Now comes the fun part.  Watching it grow and enjoying the  harvesting.

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Cooking with Fire and Sun

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT BIG EVENT?  Thriving Survival Workshop is coming up on May 26 with a repeat on June 2 from 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.  at the Farm Grove farmstead, 18886 Springfield Road, Groveland, IL.  One segment is a demonstration of cooking with fire and sun–like camping at home.  I put together a fire pit with a galvanized tub and branch tripod.  Next to it is a 4-block rocket stove.  I will also be using my sun oven to cook ham and beans while cookies for dessert are baking in the tea light oven.  If the power ever goes out, I am ready.  Too much fun!  If you wish to register for a workshop, contact us at sharonlclemens@gmail.com

$25 per person or couple.  Includes comprehensive demonstrations, workbook, seeds, and samples.

HERBS AND WILDINGS FOR THE WORKSHOP

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GREAT AMERICAN GARAGE SALE!

On your way to the Tremont Community Sale, stop by our family garage sale at the Farm Grove Barn!!!  So much stuff the guys are complaining they are running out of tables–collectible plates from mom’s shop, reproduction plaques of my dad’s carvings, tools, CDs, DVDs [lots], electronics, storage containers, Victoria mags, cookbooks, and misc. too much to mention =  18886 Springfield Road, Groveland.   Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 – about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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Road Trip to Arthur

 

Hog House Garden Shed

If I cannot plant potatoes because of our capricious spring weather, I think a road trip to Amish country would be in order while I wait to garden.  I am hosting the THRIVING SURVIVAL WORKSHOP on May 26 and June 2, and a sourcing trip to Arthur, Illinois, would educate me on what is available for off-the-grid-living-if-we-have-to from those who are experts.

If you live in Central Illinois and have not yet registered for the workshop [$25 per person or couple], contact me at sharonlclemens@gmail.com

The workshop is in the Groveland Chapel, Groveland, Illinois.  10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch.

Although most will shelter-in-place if a natural disaster takes out our power, we still must cook, clean, stay warm, and do laundry.  The stores in Arthur sell to the Amish and supply equipment that does not require electricity.  I want to see what they have to offer.  For example, I can find no heavy-duty wringers for hand laundry for reasonable prices in our area or on-line.  There is a mop bucket at Walmart or Menards that sells from $45 to $60, depending, but it is not very efficient.  Fortunately my own needs were met because we found a vintage one stored in the chapel; but I would like to find a source that is reasonable for others.  Stay tuned…

 Someone has said:  Preparing for the worst readies us for the likely.

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