Since We Are All Homeschooling Now…

Hello Foxglove & Friends Family!

I have left this website alone for a while now.  Our family went from living off-grid in a converted school bus to living in an old farm house on a goat farm.  Then we found a house we loved, out in a small defunct Welsh slate-mining village in central Virginia, otherwise, secluded.  So life has been FULL of changes!

We are not off-grid anymore. So if you have questions, or would like more photos, tutorials, etc., let’s talk! I am willing to put lots of content up while it is needed over the next few weeks.  Because we are all homeschoolers now, whether we like it or not, at least for a few weeks, and because knitting is a stress reliever, and because my website traffic has grown A LOT overnight, I have decided to do an accelerated knit-along on my Instagram profile @school.of.earth.and.sky.  Join us for this school-at-home community time!

I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to have something to show for this unexpected time we have together over the next few weeks.  Something that will serve as a reminder of this time of their lives. Hopefully, knitting Foxglove & Friends will help with that. My kids have knitted here and there, but until now, I have to admit, I haven’t been as intentional with them about going through the curriculum that I made for that exact purpose, as I would’ve liked.  I have read the narrative to them every now and then, and they love the stories. But we haven’t had time to sit and knit through it… until now.

I hope you’ll join us! Come on over to Instagram and introduce yourself on our Foxglove & Friends Knit-along Post. I will follow your profiles and we can stay in touch over the next few weeks.  One of the hardest things about homeschooling is maintaining community and commiseration as parents, who sometimes get overwhelmed by being home, in a society that prizes busyness and accomplishment.

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Baking Without An Oven

To keep up with my goal of sharing about our off grid life, here’s a few photos of what it looks like to cook without an oven, outdoors, using wood power in a rocket stove. And just in case you’re wondering…this was a BIG cornbread and it took about two hours. The first hour was over a fire like this and the second hour was a much gentler fire. And it didn’t burn real bad on the bottom or taste bad. We had cornbread and milk for dinner. This morning we fried up some with salt and it was divine.

The outdoor kitchen setup is a temporary one but it’s working well for this year…

The cottage garden in the front yard is mighty weedy. In the background is a little tool shed / greenhouse.

Weekly goals: weed the front yard garden. 🙂

Until next time:

Love for miles & miles. G

And We’re Back

Hi everyone! Here’s a quick post to share a link I’m really excited about! Now you can access the f&f curriculum on Waldorf Teacher Resources (one of my favorite websites of all time). Just look under the Grade 2 > Handwork section. Or follow the link by clicking the image below.

Waldorf Teacher Resources Link!!!

Drop me a line sometime just to say “Hello, There!”, to ask questions or to give a little feedback.

Love for miles & miles,

Grace