All of our children are out of school for the next 6 weeks! Grace, Sarah A, Mildred, Sarah M, Mercy, Mary, Teresa, and Beatrice have all gotten their hair braided especially neat, and have gone to visit relatives across the country with self esteem to show how happy and healthy they are.
Edith has stayed home with us because she just felt like she wanted Mom and Dad this year. So we are happy to have her here along with Andrew, Makena, Butterfly, Emma, Éowyn, Johnny and myself.
During this time while some of the girls are away, on The Shire we are working on little projects like burying a water pipe the animals keep stepping on, plus putting gutters on some roof tops for water collection, leveling an area of land for some animal training, and also we are working on putting a cob (sand, clay, straw, water) floor in the girls' bedroom while most of them are away. So the kids who are home are sleeping in the loft! The bunks are being broken down so we can start stomping and making mud for the floor!
A friend bought us 8 camping showers! I am looking forward to trying them out and seeing if they work for us in making our bathing experience a little easier.
Matthew Barrow has been coming up to the Shire to work on the Earth Bag house for one of his orphan boys. Andrew will also move into the two bedroom house with this young man once it is complete. Then we will have Andrew's tiny room to put a desk in, freeing up the hut for guests!
We could always use volunteers around the farm.