73 – Thinning corn seedlings

Corn from seeds

W73 – Thinning corn seedlings / Eclaircissage des pieds de maïs

Cette semaine nous avons passé beacoup de temps dans le jardin. Comme j’ai pu le mentionner dans l’article: 68 – Potager!! nous avons commencé à jardiner mi Avril et notre potager commence à avoir de l’allure. Le soleil aidant, les semis ont pris et même plus que prévu.. On s’est retrouvé avec 49 pieds de maïs sur un peu plus de 2m de long de potager carré! Il était temps d’éclaircir tout cela afin de garder les meilleurs pieds. C’est notre première année de potager donc tout est dans l’expérimentation et l’apprentissage.  J’ai donc éclairci/coupé/jeté 10 pieds qui étaient collés les uns aux autres (photo 1) et éclairci/déraciné, 24 autres (photo 2) que Mr H s’est chargé de repiquer devant la maison. Nous avons gardé dans notre potager carré une ligne avec 15 pousses de maïs espacés en moyenne de 10/15cm (photo 3). D’après ce que j’ai compris le pieds de maïs est assez difficle à polliniser quand on a qu’une seule ligne.. On verra donc ce que donne notre récolte!

This week we spent a lot of time outside in the garden. As mentioned in the previous post: 68 – Potager!! we started gardening mid April and our vegetable garden starts to look great. With the help of the sun all the seeds planted gave a lot of beautiful seedlings, even more than what we expected.. As an example we ended up with 49 corn seedlings on one row of 7′ raised bed! It was time to thin them in order to keep them growing. It is our first year doing a vegetable garden so we are experimenting and learning as we go 🙂 I thinned/cut/threw away 10 seedlings which were kind of glued to each others (pic 1) and thinned/uprooted 24 others(pic 2), Mr H decided to transplant them in front of our house. We kept in our raised bed 15 corn seedlings with an average of 6″ spacing between them (pic 3). From what i understand corn is pretty difficult to pollinate when you just have one row of them.. We’ll keep you updated when it is time to harvest!

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Do you have any tips on how to grow corn in raised bed? / Avez vous des astuces à nous donner sur le maïs dans notre potager carré?

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Info sur la plantation de maïs, ici.

Video on how to thin corn, ici.

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56 – Port Townsend rocks!

W56 – Port Townsend rocks!

C’était notre dernier weekend avec “Grand Mamie” avant qu’elle prenne l’avion pour rentrer en France. Nous avons décidé d’aller faire un tour à Port Townsend qui est à 1 heure de la maison au Nord de la péninsule. C’est une très belle petite ville assez touristique à l’architecture principalement victorienne dépaysement assuré! Quand le ciel est découvert on peut facilement admirer du bord de mer, la chaine des Olympiques d’un côté et la chaine des cascades et le Mont Baker de l’autre. Lors de notre promenade sur la Marina et dans le bourg Ulysse à trouvé deux beaux galets peints et cachés par des artistes locaux 🙂 #PortTownsendRocks

That was our last weekend with great grandma before she takes her plane back to France. So we decided to show her Port Townsend which his an 1 hour north away from home. Beautiful touristic little town known for her Victorian’s architecture. When the sky is blue you can enjoy from the beach The Olympic range on one side, The Cascades with the Mount Baker on the other side. We were walking along the marina and in Downtown when Ulysse found a couple of rocks hidden and painted by local artists 🙂 #PortTownsendRocks

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Have you ever find hidden painted rocks around your city? Avez-vous déjà trouvé des galets peints et cachés dans votre ville?

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More info about Port Townsend, ici.

More info about Port Townsend Rocks, ici.

Really Yummy pizza place! ici.

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54- Collage

W54- Collage

En début de semaine je suis allée déjeuner chez une amie et aux détours de ma balade, je suis tombée sur ce collage en passant le long du Cours Cambronne. C’est vraiment le genre de chose qui égaient mes promenades! Après quelques recherchent je me rends compte que Mr Farfadet au Pays du Street Art est l’auteur de cet affichage intitulé “C’est derrière les barreaux que se cachent les enfants chapeautés d’entonnoir”. Bel emplacement Mr Farfadet.

At the start of the week I had lunch with one of my friend and while walking toward her place i found this collage along the Cours Cambronne. This is the type of things that i appreciate and makes me smile . After some research i found out that Mr Farfadet au Pays du Street Art is the author of this piece called “It is behind the bars that the children wearing funnels are hiding themselves”. Good spot Mr Farfadet.

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Qu’est ce que vous pensez de ce collage? What do you think of that collage?

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Info about Le Cours Cambronne, here.

Mr farfadet au pay du street art, here.

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52 – Where are we?

W52 – Where are we?

I love to learn, travel, meet new people, understand, be challenged. Wanting to have less things, be/do more, cut down our daily life expenses to what is necessary to meet our travel experiences has been a big part of our life. I don’t want it all. Just being aware of what makes me/makes us happy as a family. Traveling is one of those things . The first person to comment on this post and tell me in which park in Europe was this picture taken will receive a little handmade gift from us. Bonne Année 2017!

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In which city did you spend your New year evening this year?

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Wanna learn how to manage your income, start saving? Check Mr Money Mustache blog, here.

Tips to travel when you have no money, here.

The Guardian article about “Traveling families and World Schooling”, here.

Inspiring senior nomads, here.

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46 – English muffins

W46 – English Muffins

We’ve got the bread recipe down so now it is time to try new recipes for breakfast baked goods 🙂 We are still pretty much eating a “traditional French breakfast” meaning any type of bake goods (Bread, Croissant, Pancakes, Crepes…) with sweet toppings (butter, jams, peanut butter..) and a big cup of tea, coffee or milk. Not much gluten free in our house though. For that new test in our kitchen my heart swung between bagels and English muffins. I decided to try the last one since i had most of the ingredients on hands. Ulysse helped me too. We mixed all purpose flour with some wholewheat (won’t raise as much fyi while cooking) and switch shortening with salted butter. We used an empty cleaned tuna can to have these perfectly shaped muffins! Ended up baking over 30 of them and froze 1/2 of it. Yummy… Enjoy!

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What do you eat for breakfast ?

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The English muffin recipe, here!

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44 – Tarte aux poires Williams

W44 – Tarte aux poires Williams

It has been a while since i have posted anything about food.. Mostly because I feel that our outdoor adventure beat what I/we do at home on a weekly basis, also I have so much to say about food and I want to keep my posts short and blog simple with one outline of my week 🙂 Well, as most of you know, when you live on a budget or frugally, meal planning is one of your best friend. I cook everyday lunch/dinner and a couple of times a week bake bread and pastries. To be honest there is not really anything new here since I grew up in a foodie family where women and men use their kitchen, cook and sit at the table to eat lunch/dinner. However even if i was lucky enough to grow up in such a family, I never enjoyed cooking as much as I do now.. It is challenging/frustrating/rewarding for me to come up with a meal plan that is not repetitive and works for everyone (cost/quality/taste/calories). Mr H is also a foodie/great cook and brings his own coffee/lunch/snacks to work.. He needs A LOT of calories/day to keep up with what he burns while biking and blowing glass.. So I feel like it is my “job” to make sure that he is well fed and does not get too grumpy 🙂 Sometimes the baking goods are not part of the meal plan grocery list -> That pear tart with shortcrust pastry was a success story bake from scratch with what we had in our cupboards!

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Do you meal plan?

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Shortcrust pastry recipe in french, here.

Tarte aux poires Williams recipe in french, here.

Let me know if you need the recipes to be translated, Enjoy!

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39 – Yoga community class

W39 – Yoga community class

One part of my 200h YTT was to teach 5 yoga community classes. This week I had some friends meeting me at home instead of in a park for the class. Teaching yoga to friends or family can be tricky since you have an emotional relationship to them. I suppose “we” at some point  are always worried to be judge by the one we care about.. I am not sure this is a question of asking for approval but when you put yourself out there, there are always feedback and place to learn and grow. The class went well 🙂 “C’est en forgeant, qu’on devient forgeron” -> ” Practice makes perfect” However perfection does not exist. So the more you do it, the more you feel confident and skilled doing it.

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How do you feel about speaking in public?

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The Samarya yoga teacher training info, here.

How to find yoga community classes in your area? Check Meet up, here.

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