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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Draken Harald HÃ¥rfagre

We had a visitor in Brockville over the weekend.  It was a reproduction of a Viking ship.
There were a lot of people visiting over the weekend. We figured it particularly timely for it to stop by as we are off to St Anthony's this week to visit the Viking settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows Newfoundland.






























I'll be back next week with lots of pics. The boys are looking after all the critters and the gardens while we are gone. Our first real vacation in 32 years!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Springtime Inspiration

 June is almost over and summer is fully here. The sweet little plate above was a thrifted find.  June is my birthday month as well.

                    The first great harvest is for strawberries. That means strawberry shortcake.

                                     Strawberries and rhubarb are perfect pals for jam.

 Springtime includes lots of planting and prepping of the gardens.  This pile of "Cook's Illustrated" was found in the "free" box at a local church yard sale.

   This is a great book full of good info and all kinds of great recipes. A very nice second-hand find.

                                      I am always up for more info. on great kombucha.

I have wanted to get this book for a few years now and finally caved when I found it for a good price. It is gorgeous and full of good info. too.

Friday, June 17, 2016

A New Addition

                                             This is Abigail. She will be Abby for short.

                                                            She came home today.

                        Odelia is thrilled to know her and have a wee companion about.

                                   Dogo Argentino/Mastiff mix. Hopefully she will get nice and big.

                                                Gumdrop isn't at all interested.

Lots of time for sleeping and growing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One Yard Sale

 Joshua ans I head to the market on Saturday stopping at one yard sale. It was a rainy day but this was indoors which made it a go regardless.  It was packed with people but there was plenty to see and I came away with some fun finds.

Above is a Majolica cauliflower oil container, some flower paillettes in orange and silver, a sweet souvenir spoon in a little pouch, some funky vintage earrings, a carving, begging dog, and a piece of Gossware.

             I found a nice metal Chinese checker board is a cheering yellow. I love these as I used to play Chinese checkers with my grandfather on a similar board.


I was very happy and surprised to find no one had grabbed the tin of buttons. There was a nice bunch of vintage buttons to found inside.


My favourite find of the morning was a box full of old children's toy dishes.  There was a LOT inside. Not unlike sorting buttons, it was fun to unwrap everything to see what was inside. A sampling above.


                                   More inside the box.

 And a pile on the table. I don't think there are any "complete" sets but certainly lots of groupings. The vast majority are all in perfect condition too. Nice!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Taking Back My Home

 It has been a flurry of activity since Marty came back home for good, back in February.  First empty the other house/sell it, then Joshua got back from his time in Malawi, then there was a big yard sale, and the usual dispersal of goods not coming back into the house.

In addition to the big stuff, clearing out, paring down, planting trees, etc. I have been looking at my home with fresh eyes.  Time for a few small changes to make things more the way I see them in my mind.
The lovely Victorian magazine rack above was a gift many years ago from my mom. I thought it was pretty cool.

                    Then came a small shelf, and a number of other pieces over the years.

                                      And a frame, hung in the hallway.

 Now in the dining room too. I had my eye on this pair of shelves for a while and finally got them last weekend. Joshua helped hang them up and I think they look as though they have been here forever! They also pull the three spaces together nicely as well: dining room, living room, and hallway.

 I was on a roll, so on to the guest bathroom! We had repainted the walls before listing the house (six years ago) which necessitated removing all my mirrors and as I didn't want to add a bunch of fresh holes to the walls, the mirrors got tucked away.
Since Joshua had the tools handy, I pulled them out and back up they went!

 There is no window in the bathroom so the various old mirrors bounce the light around.  Some of them are scavenged from antique furniture pieces, while others are meant to be set on your dressing table.

They all have the the perfect amount of waviness too.  I'm thinking some new towels are in order for this space.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hello Again!

 It's been a month. Feels like a lot longer but here I am.  Summer is here, although some days it is very cold while last week we had some pretty hot days.

There has been quite a bit of work going on around here. Joshua dug most of the holes for the new fruit trees we added to our orchard.  We are looking forward to enjoying fresh apples, peaches, pears, plums, and cherries in a couple of years.  I was excited to also be able to tuck in some black raspberries, red raspberries, blueberries, and an aronia berry, and some red currants too.
Our strawberries have grown from last year and are showing fruit. Now it is a contest to see who gets to eat them- us or the wildlife!

 Gumdrop really enjoyed hanging out with Joshua. She has a thing for rocks and is quite insistent that you toss them for her. Seriously!?

                 How about some peg board? You could toss that for me? Nope!

 Marty and the boys also did some clearing at the back of the new orchard where there was a tangle of barbed wire and old cedar fencing.

                          We enjoyed our first burgers of the season on the grill. Yummy.

 The "Meaties" are have been enjoying exploring a bit. No losses so far this year. Nice!

 Our wee layers are growing and happy in the little coop, watching the bigger birds in the main coop nearby.

 I had never seen such a beetle before. It was on my sheets on the clothesline. Apparently it is a Click Beetle. A new one for me.

The garden is all but in and Marty also got up a pallet fence along one side of the garden. Things are coming along.

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