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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Frosty Bits

               It was bright and chilly this morning.  Lots of frosty decoration on everything.

                                              The sun played between the shadows.

                                                              Curly kale.

                                                A piece of rope coming undone.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Train Waiting, Train Watching

                                   I spent a bit of time waiting for a train to pass the other day.

Graffiti is fascinating. Who did it? How did they get it done all at once? When did they do it? Why?

                                                         Have a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


     Aaron and I made some sauerkraut yesterday. He did a fine job massaging the cabbage and salt.

                                 He did a "super" job pounding the cabbage into the crock.

                                                  The chickens enjoyed the scraps!

This morning I was greeted by a happy "blurp" as my crock released an air bubble. It's begun to work. The deep well around the lid is kept full of water in order to keep all the air out of the fermenting process but burps regularly letting gasses produced inside, out. Looking forward to some lovely sauerkraut in a couple of months.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Cold And Frosty Morning

 We certainly seem to have slipped into the frosty weather early this year!  Everything is done outside. Quietly laid to rest by the chill in the air.

                Frosty mornings make the chickens  more patient about getting out of the coop.

                           The sun plays beautifully through the leaves of my burning bush.
                           Wishing you a lovely, cosy week.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Autumn Colour At The Market

 I was helping at the market on Saturday. It was very cold but thankfully there was little wind most of the time.  Even though many familiar veggies are now finished for the season, the tables were still full of great colour and variety.
Above, three kinds of kale: Dino or Italian kale, Red Russian Kale, and your oft seen green curly kale.

                                        Lots of comments on the bright red radishes.

              Romanesco cauliflower never fails to solicit lots of questions and comments. Yes, it tastes just like cauliflower and is not a "new" thing but an heirloom variety.

 Carnival, the colourful round squash are great for stuffing and delicious.  The long ones with green stripes are Delicata squash and are sweet like candy.  Some even eat the skin too.

                                         The ever versatile and popular Butternut squash.

Rutabaga on the left, white turnips in the centre and watermelon radishes on the right. Sorry I don't have a picture of the inside of the watermelon radish as t is bright pink with a green edge, looking very much like a watermelon when sliced up.

                                          Beets, three ways, golden, pink and deep red.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Some One Is Ready For Winter

This is Opal.  She decided to moult late last fall. A rather late in the season time to moult but she appears to have overcompensated in the feather department.  She wanders about looking a little like Zsa Zsa Gabor  in a new fur coat. I think she will be cosy this winter!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

It's All In How You Look At It

                                                                    The athletic fly.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fresh From The Garden

 No, I am not going to mention the fact that we got flurries yesterday and today. It is only mid-October and such things should not be spoken of at this time of year!

On the flip side, the kitchen is a cosy place to be and it is always a delight to step out of doors, into your own back yard and pull up dinner from the earth. Last year my efforts to grow carrots were a fail but this year, although not as plentiful as I would have hoped, we have been enjoying lots of fresh carrots.

                                            Heirloom varieties add great colour to your plate.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Autumn Is Here

              I hope all my Canadian readers have enjoyed a lovely long Thanksgiving weekend.
It has been as busy as usual and I am working away on a number of projects around here. More on that later, when I can finally get them done. Lots of tomatoes have passed through my kitchen and I am done with them for this year.

 Cayenne pepper plants are hanging to dry. My own did not do too badly this year but these are from a friend.

 Aaron is pretty good at making naan bread to go with our home made hummus. Yum!

               As seen on a weekend drive in the country. A cow getting some foot/hoof care.

                                                                      Lovely flowers.

                                      The wild turkeys have been seen criss-crossing our road.

 The guys spent some time digging potatoes. Three bushels so far and three more rows to do this weekend.

                                      We planted red, white and blue tomatoes this year.

                                                           Have a lovely week.

Friday, September 18, 2015


                                                           Tomatoes, to be canned.

                                                                  Tomato thief.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What Do You See?

I have been hanging onto these women's shoe lasts, or shoe forms, or shoe stays, or whatever you call them for years. They were not too difficult to come across when I was regularly doing the yard sale thing.
Now, the question is: What creative things can you make with these? They look fun all gathered into a vintage vase. I "see" lots of little speckled mushrooms, or perhaps the colourful centres to some funky flowers.  Attached at the centre to create a large star burst?
Of course, they still work well in shoes too.
Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September ATCs

I traded Artist Trading Cards for years with a group not far from home. Then we moved and I mailed them in. That group lasted just over ten years. It was an amazing gathering of artists and other folk. Each month was an exciting get together so see the new art everyone had created.

For a while my mom mailed in her own ATCs. Since the group disbanded, we continue to trade each month. She usually chooses the theme and we mail three to each other. I normally forget to make a copy for my own records but today I actually scanned them.  The theme for September was "silhouettes."  They are simple but I am pleased with the result and they will mail well too.

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Real Food Weekend

 It may have been Labour Day weekend and it may have been great to see son number three too, but we were all at various stages of the same virus that had swept through last week.  No one was feeling very perky.  However, garden produce waits for no man, or woman.  Saturday morning, Marty helped process a big box of plum tomatoes from a friend.

 The vintage Vita-Mix I have made quick work of them, turning everything into one fabulous sauce.

                                   After it cooked down for a while it was time to can it up.

We got 7 quarts. Not bad.  Some of my own late-blooming tomatoes are sitting on the jars.

 I had the foresight to take a chicken out of the freezer for dinner on Sunday. It was fun heading into the back yard for the potatoes. I love those blue ones. Little gems. Purple mashed potatoes anyone?

 Today, while I made a batch of spaghetti sauce, Marty finally got to make himself some Einkorn pasta.

 We hung it on the old drying rack at the back door. The dogs were mesmerized by the floating food way above their heads.

The pasta turned out well and tasted great. The Mizithra ( a dry, salty sheep cheese) was the perfect counterpoint to the tomato sauce and nutty-flavoured Einkron noodles.

Today everyone is better than they were, and on the mend thankfully. And I have leftovers. Bonus!!


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