I wouldn't be at all surprised if you were already familiar with the beautiful, charming and inspirational world shared by Amanda Blake Soule on her blog, SouleMama. Amanda began blogging eleven years ago in 2005 when the first of her five children were still babes. Five kids!!!! It's fair to say she knows a thing or two about parenting but her words and the thoughts she shares hold so much more and if you have a few minutes (or a few days because let me tell you it's easy to get deliciously lost in her archives) I know you will love all she has to offer.
Since those early days, her blog has attracted loyal readers from every corner of the globe, she has been written about and featured in various publications, has authored three books (co-authoring the third with her husband, Steve) AND is Editor-In-Chief of the gorgeous magazine, Taproot. All the while, she homeschools, nurtures, homesteads, crafts, knits (you have to check out her Ravelry page!), spins (her own sheep's fleece!), sews, makes soap, plays midwife to birthing ewes and nannies, milks the occasional cow (once when they babysat a friend's dairy cow), grows produce galore, and even with that list I know I have left some things out! I have been following along with the Soule family's journey since about 2009, before Noah was born and when Evie was just starting to move from her baby years into toddler-hood. During those six or seven years I have taken with me ideas, tutorials, wisdom, laughs and inspiration aplenty.
So, with that introduction, it goes without saying that I was completely delighted when a few days ago I woke to an email from Amanda asking permission to share a tour of my garden with her readers. Each summer (U.S. summer - by the way, I forgot to mention that, Amanda is based in Western Maine) she posts garden updates. As the snow clears, us readers enjoy the first seeds as they are sown, all the way through to garden pests, trials, tribulations, successes, harvests, storage, preserving and the family meals she creates from that produce. This season however, instead of focusing so much on her own garden, she has decided to mix it up a bit. Towards the end of May, Amanda invited readers to share a tour of their own gardens. Predictably, due to her vast following, she was inundated with offerings and has had to select a small handful to share on SouleMama over their summer. Perhaps next summer (2017) she might choose to continue on and we readers will be treated with sneak peeks into more incredible gardens around the world.
For now though, I am thrilled to be the third garden featured this season, so please click on over and join Amanda and myself in a tour of my ever progressing garden. I do hope you enjoy and don't hesitate to leave a comment here or on SouleMama as I would LOVE for your feedback, advice, thoughts... or all of the above!
Happy weekending, my friends xo